Many users, myself included, have expressed doubts on Apple’s commitment with Aperture.
The good news is that Apple just released Aperture 3 – and not a moment too soon, considering how many users were tempted to ‘jump ship’.
Aperture 3 brings a number of improvements across the board, most notably:
- better library organization, with easy catalog switching, searching and filtering; GPS integration; face detection;
- support for video;
- non-destructive brushes.
It’s still hard for me not to see it as Apple trying to catch up with other products. Non-destructive brushes have been available in Lightroom for an year and more recently in Bibble. Same with almost all other features like fullscreen support, import options, image attributes such as color labels and so on.
Other features seem more geared at the casual photographers rather than the pros (not that this is bad thing), like export to Flickr or Facebook.
Overall, I believe Aperture is not about bringing new users rather than keeping the existing ones, but Apple’s commitment is important not only to reassure the users but also to keep the pressure on competition (Adobe, I’m looking at you).
You can see the full list of new and improved features on Apple’s site.
Aperture 3 is priced at $199 for the full version and $99 for an upgrade.
Update: There is a new article that compares Aperture 3 with other similar programs. Read all about the newest RAW converters here.