Though targeted primarily at professionals, Apple has put considerable effort into making Aperture a more natural, easy upgrade for all photographers who find themselves outgrowing iPhoto. To this end, the interface has been tweaked to include bigger buttons in the main menu bar, adding links to share automatically via MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr, and calling out new features like Faces (facial recognition) and Places (GPS tagging).
These enhancements, while noteworthy in themselves, aren’t the big news in Aperture 3. Most important for all photographers is the ability to make selective, localized adjustments. Aperture 3 also adds support for HD video clips from your DSLR. In all, there’s over 200 new features, making this upgrade well worth the $99 for existing users. List Price: $199 (full version).
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