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Oct 19, 2005

It’s Here…..Aperture!

After a lot of secrecy and speculation, Aperture is here.

From the Apple web site:
Designed from the ground up for professional photographers, Aperture provides everything you need for after the shoot, delivering the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers.

Featuring a RAW-focused workflow, Aperture makes RAW as easy as JPEG, letting you import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your images more effectively and efficiently than ever before. From capture to output, you work directly with your RAW files, never having to first convert them into another format before viewing, adjusting, organizing, or printing them.

And with the most powerful image processing in the world, Aperture is fast — whether you’re working with RAW, JPEG, or TIFF images. It supports the RAW formats from all leading digital camera manufacturers (including Canon and Nikon) and provides optimized support for such market leading cameras as the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, Canon EOS 20D, and Nikon D2x as well as the highly popular Canon Digital Rebel and Nikon D50. It also supports the Adobe DNG format.

Whether you’re a fashion, wedding, sports, portrait, fine art, commercial, or editorial photographer, Aperture’s color-managed workflow and flexible design tools will help you easily create stunning prints, customized contact sheets, elegant books, and web pages as beautiful as the images you capture.

Minimum System Requirements
* One of the following Macintosh computers:
o Power Mac G5 with a 1.8 gigahertz (GHz) or faster PowerPC G5 processor
o 17- or 20-inch iMac G5 with a 1.8 GHz or faster PowerPC G5 processor
o 15- or 17-inch PowerBook G4 with a 1.25 GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
* 1GB of RAM
* One of the following graphics cards:
o ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition
o ATI Radeon X850 XT
o ATI Radeon 9800 XT or 9800 Pro
o ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
o ATI Radeon 9600 XT, 9600 Pro, or 9650
o ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 or 9600
o NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL or 6800 GT DDL
o NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT
* 5GB of disk space for application, templates, and tutorial
* DVD drive for installation

Recommended System
* Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5 or faster
* 2GB of RAM
* One of the following graphics cards:
o ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition
o ATI Radeon 9800 XT or 9800 Pro
o NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL or 6800 GT DDL
o NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE or 6600
o NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT
o NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
* 5GB of disk space for application, templates, and tutorial
* DVD drive for installation

Price: $499
Available November, 2005.
Apple Store is taking pre-orders now.

Roundup of Aperture News Stories:

Close-up on Aperture from MacWorld

Apple: Aperture not a Photoshop competitor from MacWorld

Aperture: Photoshop Is Invulnerable No More from Publish

Apple to Launch a Competitor for Photoshop? from SOFTPEDIA

Apple unveils ‘pro’ photo software, Power Mac Quad from C/NET

Apple Aims Aperture at Photo Pros PC Magazine

Dual-core Power Macs, improved PowerBooks, and Aperture round out “Pro” announcements Think Secret

Apple Introduces Aperture Yahoo Biz News

Apple ships pro-snapper’s Aperture MacWorld UK

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4 Responses to “It’s Here…..Aperture!”

  1. Mike Early Says:

    Looks very interesting and the UI’s look pretty good and an awful lot of overlap with CS — anyone know what color spaces it supports?

  2. Andrew Rodney Says:

    Looks as it can support any color space you have a profile for (soft proofing and output). I hope to take a close look at it today in NY at PhotoPlus. The QuickTime demo’s are pretty impressive. Did I notice going past Black Point Compensation on conversions?

  3. Mike Early Says:

    Thanks, Andrew. Hpefully you can tell us more after you get a chance to play with it at PhotoPlus — I could not tell from the QuickTime movies what colorspaces it supported but it did seem to indicate it would support a icc color workflow — but that does not mean it would have to support PhotoPro. Look forward to hearing more.

  4. Jon Roemer Says:

    It looks interesting, impressive and very very promising.

    That said, many raw processors have already come and gone, some promising better workflow but not able to deliver on image quality. If any of you at the show can comment on the quality of the image file output that would be great to hear. It’s one thing that has not been mentioned at all. Maybe Apple assumes it’s a given but I don’t.

    Also, I’d be curious to know how fast it is once it actually has to process a file. That too has not been mentioned.

    I did read that someone who attended the simultaneous press briefing in Cupertino found it to be pretty slow on a Powerbook. Not surprising but it may make it less attractive for location use at least until the Intel based PowerBooks come out.

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