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Apples releases Aperture 3

Apple has released Aperture 3, its latest edition of the popular digital post-processing workflow program.

A quote from their press release:

CUPERTINO, California—February 9, 2010—Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 3, the next major release of its powerful photo editing and management software, with over 200 new features including Faces, Places and Brushes. Building on the innovative Faces and Places features introduced in iPhoto® ’09, Aperture 3 makes it even easier and faster to organize large photo libraries. Aperture 3 introduces new tools to refine your photos including Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of your photo, and Adjustment Presets for applying professional photo effects with just one click. Stunning new slideshows let you share your work by weaving together photos, audio, text and HD video.

“Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “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.”

“Aperture 3 gets it right,” said National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson. “The image editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they’re so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible.”

“I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it’s now an unbelievable imaging tool as well,” said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. “I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3.”

Aperture 3 allows you to organize large photo libraries with even more flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize your photos by the people in them. You can view faces across your entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven’t yet been named. Places lets you explore your photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, you can assign locations by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS enabled cameras, tracking devices or your iPhone® photos.

The new Brushes feature allows you to add professional touches to your photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in your images to let you apply or remove effects exactly where you want them. Aperture 3 includes dozens of Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look to the entire image with just a click. You can create your own custom presets or explore the techniques of other photographers by importing theirs.

Aperture 3 makes it easy to share your work with stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text and HD video. You can select one of six Apple designed themes or choose your own transitions, background, borders and titles, and even add your own soundtrack. You can export your slideshows directly to iTunes® to take with you on your iPhone or iPod touch®. You can also share photographs as beautiful prints, create custom-designed hardcover books and publish to online photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr, right from Aperture 3.

It is available for purchase on Apple’s online store as well as their retails stores for a RRP of $199 USD, or a price of $99 USD to upgrade for previous Aperture users. A thirty day trial version is available for download from Apple’s website.


Update: CameraTech back on the net

Due to technical problems, we have been unable to contribute to CameraTech for the past week or so.

As such, we do not have the news from the last week in individual updates.

However, a recap over the last few days:

– Olympus EP2 has been leaked. Will be officially announced some time next week (it looks to be November the 6th)
– Nikon released its Learn and Explore application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Available currently to only the US, it provides images, video/audio lectures and commentaries, as well as articles from the Nikon World magazine
– Phase One released its Capture One 5 PRO RAW conversion workflow software. New features include the Focus Tool and Focus Mask. It also includes a new ‘Skin Tone’ enhancer for smoother skin tones, more metadata fields, adjustments for individual colour channels and the ability to add vignetting. It is available to the US only from the Phase One website for an RRP of $399
– Panasonic’s eight annual competition opened for entries; the theme is ‘visualise (visualize) music’. Winners get a DMC-ZX1 each month, and the ultimate winner gets a DMC-GF1, with two runner-ups receiving a DMC-FZ38 each. It closes on April 30th, 2010
– Tamron released a 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II VC zoom targeted to APS-C sensor cameras for Canon
– SanDisk Memory cards now offer up to 32GB capacity
– Nikon announced version 1.5.0for its Capture NX software

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the interruption.



Canon releases print application for iPod Touch/iPhone

Canon has released ‘Easy Photo-Print app’, which allows printing from an iPhone or iPod Touch to any Canon PIXMA printer.

Users can print up to 8.5″ x 11″ on six different types of paper, with twenty copies at a time.

It is avaliable for free from the Apple app store.


Adobe announces Mobile for iPhone

Adobe has just released Mobile for the Apple iPhone.

It’s an application, albeit a somewhat limited one, and is available for free download from the Adobe website. Once edited, photos can be uploaded to user accounts on the website.

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