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To download Aperture from the Mac App Store, you need a Mac with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. Learn More.


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Aperture is the perfect application for iPhoto users who want to get more out of their photos. It includes powerful tools for refining images, showcasing your work, and managing massive libraries on your Mac. Enhanced Faces and Places provide new ways to organize images. Nondestructive brushes with built-in edge detection make precision retouching of photographs intuitive and fast. Choose from dozens of built-in adjustment presets, or create your own to give your photos a custom look. Advanced slideshows support HD video and give you complete control over text, transitions, and timing. And stunning full-screen views let you use every inch of your Mac display to navigate and browse your entire library.

Organize photos using Faces
• Use automatic face detection and recognition to organize your photos by the people in them
• Keep all your Faces snapshots and assigned names from iPhoto
• Display assigned faces within projects, making it easier to find photos of specific people

Explore your photo library with Places
• Organize photos based on where you took them, using robust GPS support and built-in geotagging
• Keep all your Places data from iPhoto
• Drag photos to an interactive map to easily add location data
• Automatically add locations to photos by using track logs from GPS tracking devices

Perfect images with brushes
• Retouch photos nondestructively using edge-aware brushes
• Handle the most common touch-up tasks with a set of 10 Quick Brushes
• Easily paint adjustments into specific parts of an image using built-in edge detection

Add professional imaging effects with adjustment presets
• Apply any combination of adjustment settings with a single selection
• Choose from dozens of ready-to-use presets, or create and share your own presets
• See results of presets in a live preview window before applying them to an image

Navigate your entire library with a full-screen Browser
• Take full advantage of your Mac display to browse images in a full-screen interface
• Use the Library Path Navigator to move among folders, projects, and albums
• Navigate all your projects, albums, and folders without leaving the full-screen Browser

Create stunning multimedia slideshows
• Use professionally designed themes to weave together photos and HD video clips
• Add text to slides using your choice of fonts, styles, and colors
• Build a layered soundtrack with location audio clips and music tracks
• Choose borders, padding, and background colors; add title slides between photos

Aperture print products are available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and select countries in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Some features and third-party services require Internet access and/or MobileMe; additional fees and terms apply. MobileMe is available to persons age 13 and older. Annual subscription fee and Internet access required. Terms of service apply.

Third-party services may not be available in all languages or in all countries. Use of these services requires Internet access and may require you to accept additional terms.


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Customer Reviews

A nice complement to Lightroom

For $80, it is hard to pass up getting a copy of Aperture. But I also know that most folks here who are rating Aperture 5 stars have never used it for any significant period of time. I will admit that the core of my photography work is done in Lightroom 3 (LR3), but I also use Aperture for certain tasks.

Most of my workflow is done using LR3. With LR3, you have a lot more flexibility on almost every aspect of the process including import, keywording and updating other metadata. LR3 also has a far superior filtering, smart collection (album) and publishing support. In terms of develop tools, Aperture does have a nice set of features including decent sharpening and noise reduction tools, which are almost as good as in LR3. But if you want to apply gradient effects, which I do often, you will need to use LR3. I will say that the Quick Brushes in Aperture are actually quite nice using.

So I do use Aperture primarily for 2 things. First off, LR3 has dismal support for videos. In fact, you cannot even play a video directly in LR. With Aperture, you can play them as well as insert them directly into a photo slideshow. The other reason I use Aperture is for Slideshows. With LR3, there are no themes or transition effects between slides. Also, you can only play a single song. Aperture has fantastic slideshow support as well as nice options for exporting the slideshow in different video formats. Several other reasons you might consider Aperture is facial recognition and location (GPS) services. These are nice features that consumers tend to have more use of than professional photographers. LR3 is targeted more towards the professional and prosumer photographers.

Even though Aperture 3 was incredibly buggy, Apple has managed to addressed most of them in 3.1.1. However, I still find that Aperture crashes often enough where I do frequent backups. With LR3, I never crash! Also, LR3 doesn't seem to bog down as much performance-wise with a lot of photos.

Overall, Aperture is an excellent product and at $80, an incredible deal for any type of photographer (including the novice consumer).


Just dowloaded from the App Store. Only $79.99 compared to $199.99 in the store.

Outstanding Tool for Managing and Editing Photos!

Aperture 3 is an amazing tool which has allowed me to organize 1000's of photos of my family. I use the various features to make adjustments and corrections to my photos which I shoot in RAW format. I am by no means skilled with photography and digital editing but Aperture has made this all simple to do. I tried iPhoto after using the evaluation version of Aperture 3 and missed the many features easily accessible in Aperture 3 but which are either missing or limited in iPhoto 11.
If you are undecided around which to use (Aperture of iPhoto) go with Aperture, you will not be sorry!

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  • $79.99
  • Category: Photography
  • Released: Jan 05, 2011
  • Version: 3.1.1
  • Size: 578 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese
  • Seller: Apple Inc.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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