Happy New Year!!
For loyalty Aperture user like me, the greatest news is Apple finally upgraded the long-waiting Aperture! Before that, sometimes we would feel iPhoto seems more advance in like geo-tagging, face detection, Facebook and Flickr photo sharing. And finally, all these have been integrated into Aperture and makes it double in size. I can’t wait to download the trial version before Chinese new year holiday, but I think as the software I use the most, it’s still worth to upgrade. Just like if it’s one of the most useful lens (hopefully Apple provides upgrade package!), so why not go ahead and upgrade?
Honestly I feel it’s not only large in file size, but also more resource consuming. That’s why we can guess Macbook Pro will be coming very soon! I don’t want to replace my MBP yet. So I guess I will work with both Aperture 2 & 3 a while, and I won’t convert my Aperture 2 library to 3 until I feel more comfortable with the speed.
So let’s go deep into the changes I observed!
The user interface of Aperture 3 is very like the same as 2, so you shouldn’t have much problem to start including all the shortcut keys you’re familiar with. Know how to optimize workspace is the task for any Aperture user.
As mentioned, it has Face & Place migrated from iPhoto. In project panel, it looks very much the same as iPhoto, of cause it supports folder and smart album as before.
Aperture 3 is now 64-bit! That means it can allocate more than 4GB of memory. Well actually I feel it’s more CPU bounded than memory…
Good and bad, the old plug-in were written in 32-bit, to use them you have to restart Aperture in 32-bit. However, I think Aperture 3 can let me eliminate the Facebook and Flickr plug-in from now.
Many features for import
Nicer camera setting display
Focusing point display
Flickr and Facebook synchronization, great!
Face, it found many strangers, haha!!
New metadata view option
New selective adjustment