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Apple Aperture is designed from the ground up for professional photographers and provides everything you need for after the shoot, delivering the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers.

Featuring a RAW-focused workflow, Aperture makes RAW as easy as JPEG, letting you import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your images more effectively and efficiently than ever before. From capture to output, you work directly with your RAW files, never having to first convert them into another format before viewing, adjusting, organizing, or printing them.

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What's New

Version 3.5.1:
  • Temperature and Tint White Balance now works correctly
  • Fixes an issue related to face detection overlays
  • Addresses an issue with metadata field entry when arrowing between photos
  • Includes stability improvements

Requirements

  • OS X 10.9or later

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Bigboysdad Member IconComment+492
Bigboysdad
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Yes, RIP Aperture. Absolutely no point buying this now when Apple have confirmed that its ceasing support. I'm not an Adobe fanboy by any means, but unlike Apple, its business has always been more focused on photography software, which always put Apple at a disadvantage when it came to the competing claims of Aperture.

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Version 3.5.1
Rubaiyat
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R.I.P indeed.

Photos will indeed be yet another awful substitute by Apple.

Not because I have seen it, just having read reports on Apple's plans. But because we have seen what Apple is up to often enough to know.

When Apple has completed its self destruction, we'll all do our best to act surprised.

Hawke5501
+0

Apple is systematically shutting down it's pro applications. First Final Cut Pro, then they stripped the iWork suite down and now they dump Aperture. I expect the iWork suite to be the next to go. I will finish the projects I have in Aperture and Keynote and then I will look for long term alternatives to Apple's software. We spend a lot of time learning how to use this software and I see investing any time in Apple software as a waste. I stopped using anything Adobe and now I am being forced in to using Lightroom. Great move Apple for Adobe.

iWork will be the next to go. Any time invested in learning how to use the software will be wasted.

Appledogx Member IconComment+146
Appledogx
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RIP! Just hope the iWork development team doesn't do the replacement Photos app.

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Version 3.5.1
Dannymontani Member IconReview+40
Dannymontani
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Why to not use Aperture? Because it will not run on my quad core (old) 2007 tower speedster. Ya gotta have Maverics. F*#@ As I do also use Lightroom, guess who just made my day. I would bet Adobe will support for some while in our future.

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Version 3.5.1
siamlotus
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Agreed. Does not run on 10.7.5 so deleted it from my system. Lightroom 5 runs fine on my Mac.

Appledogx Member IconReview+146
Appledogx
+2

Apple magically updated my old long dead demo version after Mavericks. Surprising, but since there was no new demo, it was welcome. The speed problems that I found in the old demo that made it useless to me were not present and I find this new Aperture quite zippy on the same computer where it crawled! It's much better than iPhoto and has lots of great adjustments and photo corrections. Still missing lens corrections, but that can be addressed by plugins, which I haven't tried yet. It would be good for Apple to add this into the next Aperture update, though, so as not to have to do TIFF conversions and add more files. Even raw photos that sent iPhoto to a stall, are zippy on Aperture 3.5.X.

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Version 3.5.1
Simonm Member IconComment+84
Simonm
+1

According to the Mac App Store, Aperture 3.5 was released about 3 weeks ago in the Great Apple Update Bonanza of 2013...

I guess it got overlooked by MacUpdate.

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Version 3.4.5
Marcossi Member IconReview+120
Marcossi
+0

Happy happy. I'm not a photo or image edit professional. But Aperture makes things easy and fast for me.

I'm sure Lightroom is better actually. But it's hard to beat Apples eco system.

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Version 3.4.5
Owltech
+7

About a month ago, I lined up about 500 Nikon raw portrait photos all taken from an FX format camera (D800E) with the same lens at the same settings. I then bought Lightroom and Capture One, and said, "OK, let's nail this once and for all". I already had Aperture 3. After working with those 3 programs for about a week, I concluded that Aperture won the contest in all categories: ease of use, UI design, color output, raw rendering, export faithfulness. LR and CO have some interesting and powerful tools, but Aperture creates the most vibrant, vital, and truly alive photos, even right out of the box (default settings).

I actually think that CO produces the best raw rendering, but it's hardest to use. The UI is clumsy, inconsistent and confusing; a mess, actually. LR is middle of the road in UI design. LR and Aperture, however, take directly opposite approaches to the UI. Both are clean and logical. LR wants to make you use their tabbed functional dichotomy (library, develop, share, etc), while Aperture gives the user everything he would ever want to do in one packed paneled layout, navigable with simple single-letter keystrokes. I like Apple's pile-it-all-together approach over LR and CO.

And, again, the exported results from Aperture by far beats the output of both CO and LR.

IMHO.

Josh C. Member IconComment+74
Josh C.
+0

The download link isn't working right

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Version 3.4.5
Misha
+0

Try again, it's working for me but occasionally Apple links 404 on their way through Apple's redirects.

Appledogx Member IconComment+146
Appledogx
+4

Too bad Apple discontinued the trial for Aperture. I tried it a long time ago, and it was so slow, it was totally unusable on my MacBook Pro. I'd really like to get this app for my new DSLR, but without being able to try it again, I would hate to be stuck shelling out this price for an app that was unusable. Not having trials for such software is definitely not a way to attract new users. I really want to like Aperture, but I guess I'll never know.

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Version 3.4.3
Macedward
+3

I agree on this one. Not provide any trials at all are not the right way to attract new or former customers.

The price in AppStore is quite good, but I do not want to spend even this sum if I can't try it before I buy it.

Bigboysdad
+1

100% agree, the poster's experiences tally with mine. I'm a happy Lightroom user, but would still like to give Aperture a go. Given the circumstances and the upgrade policy of the App Store, I thought it best to see if Apple demonstrate its support with version 4 before looking at splashing out.

Rubaiyat
+3

You can at least read the Aperture reviews in the App Store. It seems this is now yet another neglected Apple app with a lot of unhappy users.

It seems despite all that cash Apple is sitting on it can not maintain and polish its own suite of software. This goes right across the board, not just Aperture but XCode, iWork, iLife etc.

Apple is trashing its reputation with all but the new impressionable bottom of the barrel consumers.

So sad. I think this might be Apple's Titanic II moment. Full steam ahead and damn the icebergs.

Marek
+4

What a BS! Aperture is excellent and well maintained application. Apple provided many useful enhancements to current version since it was first published in 2010. Other companies would call it 'new version' and ask you to pay upgrade fee, but Apple simply adds it for free as minor updates. Now we have version 3.4, and it is really fast and efficient piece of software.

Highly recommended to all serious photographers!

Rubaiyat
+0

BS on your BS! You can not upgrade Aperture, the massive all-in-one minor upgrades, unless you also upgrade your System. Something Apple blocks on not that old Macs.

Rezstudios
+0

Hmm... I believe most of the speed issues were with Face Recognition which can take a lot of resources and slow things down, especially after importing a lot of photos. Some people chose to turn off that feature which dramatically increased performance; others just let Aperture run for a few hours after import of photos before trying to use the program.

Geofrant Member IconComment+93
Geofrant
+3

551MB to fix an issue that could cause a licensed copy of Aperture to prompt for a serial number with each launch? Really?

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Version 3.4.3
Janichsan
+3

That's what you get for trying to update an application you bought on the Mac App Store while running Snow Leopard. Delta updates for applications are only supported on Lion and Mountain Lion: the patch was 7 MB for me.

Janichsan
+1

Ah, sorry – my bad: I forgot that Aperture now requires Lion, so all allusions regarding Snow Leopard are of course rubbish. Anyway, my main point remains true: the delta update is very small. The 551 MB "update" is the whole shebang.

Bosskev
+1

To Janichsan: I just updated my Aperture 3.4.2 to this 3.4.3, running on Mountain Lion 10.8.2 (meaning, as of this writing, everything was as up to date as it could be), and it DID require a full download of the entire ±550MB. If I was supposed to have benefitted from a tiny Delta patch, it did not happen, and I do not know why.

Thaiwest
+0

As is very common with software updates, there is always much more 'tweaked' than is listed.

And, it doesn't matter wither or not it was purchased via AppStore or otherwise. I purchased directly from Apple many OS's past. I don't hardly think making a new purchase (throwing away funds spent) would be of common sense at all!

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A_w
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Version 3.4.2
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LuukLuuk
Version 3.5.1
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equinoxfeatures
Version 3.5.1
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Jason_Milles_76
Version 3.5.1
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Version 3.5.1
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Version 3.4.5
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Version 3.4.5
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Version 3.4.4
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Version 3.4.4
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Version 3.4.4
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Version 3.4.3
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Downloads 227,512
Version Downloads 1,982
License Commercial
Date 15 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $79.99