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Apple announces Aperture 3

Following the Apple Store downtime that was said to be bringing a revamped line of MacBook Pros (which turned out to be false), the Cupertino-based company has revealed its long-awaited revision of the Aperture software. Aperture is a tool aimed at photographers, and version 3 brings some very good changes for those who use it (and even for those who don't).

The new version of Aperture brings over 200 new features, all of which are listed on Apple's product page, which aim to bring the software up to date when compared to Apple's iPhoto application, found in the iLife suite. Apple seems to be marketing Aperture as iPhoto for professionals, with Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller stating, "Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos. Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets." To further put the nail in the coffin for iPhoto when it comes to professional use, Aperture 3 has brought in the Faces and Places features that were first announced when iLife '09 was released, helping identify people in photos as well as where photos were taken.

In addition to Faces and Places, Aperture 3 adds a few more iPhoto-based features, including the ability to export photos to Flickr, Facebook, and MobileMe, saving users a pretty substantial amount of time. Apple's product page shows in detail the rest of the changes, which are too numerous to list, though if you'd like to get a trial for Aperture 3, you can do so here. If you're already an Aperture user, you can upgrade for $99 from Apple, or else buy the software new for $199. It's worth noting that Aperture 3 is fully 64-bit compatible, though you'll obviously need a newer Mac in order to take advantage of that.

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