Hi all... happy news in the Aperture 3 was just announced and shipped. This is not a full review (I am slammed with Macworld and finishing up a book for print). But I couldn't resist playing with the new version and look forward to jumping in.
Here are my top 10 reasons to upgrade for current users. More details soon...
- Better Filmstrip and Fullscreen View – It's much easier to work with your images and really get at the details.
- Backup on Import – Have your media go to two drives at once. This is HUGE.
- Places – Yes it's in iPhoto... but now that GPS tag makes it so much easier to sort by location. I also use this as a tool for site surveys and planning from shoot scouts.
- Faces – Again... was in iPhoto last year, but I'll take it. Facial recognition to organize your library. This is great for finding pictures of one subject. It's freaky good too.
- Focus Points – Actually see where the camera used points to auto focus. This is very useful for evaluating sharpness.
- Search on Steroids – Okay, that's not its actual name. But it's amazing... you can sort by usage, face, place, time, file type, all sorts of things. Literally search by Who, Where, When... I'm still waiting on Why.
- Nondestructive Brushes with Edge Detection – Easily cleanup images with all sorts of spot adjustments. Completely nondestructive and editable, including the ability to view the selections mask and tweak it at any time. Oh... and they work with Wacom tablets too. The skin smoothing brush is dreamy good.
- Curves! – 'nuff said.
- Adjustment Presets – Useful starting points or make your own. Can even apply them upon import to batch fix problems.
- Video – You can organize it, trim it, media manage it, drag it into Final Cut Pro, export out versions, use it in new slideshows. Uh huh... that's right... video.
You can see a detailed list of all 200 features here – http://www.apple.com/aperture/features/
I am working on two new DVDs and video titles for Kelby Training – tell them you want more!
Also, be sure to check out the great site – http://www.apertureexpert.com/