Aperture 1.1the first Universal version of
Apertureoffers increased computer and camera compatibility.
The upgrade allows photographers to run Aperture on both PowerPC-based
and the new Intel-based Macintosh computers, including MacBook Pro.
Developed in consultation with pro photographers, Aperture
1.1scheduled for release in Marchwill be
available for $499. . These include:
1. Improved RAW Image Quality
Aperture 1.1 provides new, improved RAW decode algorithms that deliver
next-generation RAW image handling. Thanks to the improved default
rendering of RAW images from supported cameras, Aperture 1.1 yields
significantly better image quality, results youll see in
such areas as noise reduction, sharpening, and highlight recovery.
In short, RAW images have never looked better than they do in Aperture
In order to maintain the image integrity of the existing photos in your
Aperture library, Aperture 1.1 gives you the ability to retain the
original 1.0 RAW decode. Or, if you prefer, you can selectively migrate
images to the new 1.1 RAW decode.
2. RAW Fine Tuning
When you render images using RAW decode version 1.1, youll
also gain access to an entirely new set of RAW Fine Tuning controls
available in the Adjustments HUD allowing you to tweak decode settings.
Boost, which lets you intensify or reduce image contrast
Sharpening, which lets you either dial in the amount of
sharpening youd prefer to see applied to images in the RAW
decode process or turn off sharpening altogether
Chroma Blur, which lets you soften chroma noise by blurring
colour artefacts caused by camera sensor noise
Using these fine tuning controls, you can tweak settings on an
image-by-image basis, in effect creating a camera-based RAW decode
profile on the fly. Whats more, Aperture 1.1 lets you save
your customized decode adjustments as a camera default, so they can be
easily applied to newly imported images.
3. Auto Noise Compensation
Designed specifically to deal with noisy images resulting from high ISO
or long exposures, Aperture 1.1s new Auto Noise Compensation
option automatically applies the optimal settings for noise reduction
to your image. A real time-saver, Auto Noise Compensation takes into
account the unique noise characteristics of each camera and dials in
the optimal settings to produce a high-quality result.
4. New Colour Meter
Aperture 1.1 includes a built-in colour meter you can use to sample the
pixel values anywhere in an image and display them in RGB, LAB, or
CMYK. Particularly useful when fine-tuning image exposure, colour
balance, and brightness parameters, you can use the colour meter
anywhere in Aperture while editing, adjusting, arranging
images on a Light Table, or laying out a book. In Aperture 1.1, you can
display colour values at any time in the Adjustments HUD or opt to
display them right in the Loupe.
5. Enhanced Export Controls
In Aperture 1.1 the Export Versions command now includes a
Fit Within (Inches) option and allows you to
specify a resolution in dots-per-inch (dpi) for exported images, making
it easier to output images at exactly the size you want. In addition,
you can also specify the default dpi for images youd like to
open in an external editor. If, for example, you regularly open images
for layering effects in Adobe Photoshop, you can now specify that
Photoshop open them at 300 dpi (or another dpi of your choosing).
6. Dozens of Other Improvements
In addition to all of the above, Aperture 1.1 also offers dozens of
additional reliability and performance improvements in such areas as
image export, metadata handling, onscreen proofing, histogram,
cropping, printing, web output, Query HUD, and others. Youll
find performance improvements particularly noticeable in keyword
searching and Lift & Stamp, And for those of you who use
Aperture hand-in-hand with Photoshop, youll appreciate
improved handling of layered Photoshop files. Aperture 1.1 now allows
you to manage layered Photoshop files without having to needlessly
create additional flattened versions.