Aperture 1.0

Aperture 1.0

Aperture's elegant interface makes it a pleasure to sort through thousands of photos.


Apple hasn't taken a middle-of-the-road approach with Aperture - this app's aimed at professional photographers who need a workflow organizer to aid in processing and organizing their photos. Apple has created a resource-gobbling monster; chances are you'll need to upgrade your Mac to take full advantage of Aperture's considerable features. In other words, Aperture isn't for the dabbler.


Aperture is essentially an advanced photo viewer with some simple image-adjustment tools bolted on - after making basic adjustments to images in Aperture, you can export them to Photoshop to undergo more-advanced manipulation. Pro photographers and serious hobbyists will appreciate the fact that Aperture works with RAW photo files, which preserve the original 16-bit color information captured by a camera's sensor. RAW files give you much more latitude than JPEGs for adjusting exposure, contrast, color, and other image aspects.


Heavy demands. Aperture lets you quickly sort large numbers of photos and save numerous versions of them. But unlike conventional image editors such as Photoshop, which change the actual numerical data of affected pixels, Aperture always preserves your original image file in what Apple calls a master file; the instructions for your crops, color adjustments, sharpening, and so on are saved in a separate database file. The advantage to this is that multiple image versions can be created without hogging storage space; you can work freely, creating multiple versions of images quickly and without getting bogged down with a slew of large files.


To apply image instructions quickly and to power its fluid interface, Aperture demands a lot from your hardware - just take a look at the minimum requirements at the end of this review. Got one of those sweet 20-inch 1.6GHz iMac G5s? Sorry, its video card won't cut it. Luckily, Apple provides an applet called Aperture Checker (free, www.apple.com/aperture/specs) to see if your Mac makes the grade. And with Aperture's expansive interface, you'll need a generously sized display to avoid feeling cramped. You can get by with a 20-inch Cinema Display, but you'll find yourself pining for a 30-incher.


Stacks let you group similar images. You can even group images based on their time stamps.





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Its a very nice plugin very help me in work.

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