Apr 13, 2006

Aperture 1.1 Update

Source: Aperture 1.1 Update Page

Developed in consultation with pro photographers, Aperture 1.1 — available now for $299 and as a free Software Update for current owners of Aperture 1.0 — offers increased computer and camera compatibility. The first Universal version of Aperture, the upgrade allows photographers to run Aperture on both PowerPC-based and the new Intel-based Macintosh computers, including MacBook Pro.

In addition to enhanced compatibility, Aperture 1.1 also provides a variety of significant performance and feature enhancements. 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 you’ll see in such areas as noise reduction, sharpening, and highlight recovery.

In short, RAW images have never looked better than they do in Aperture 1.1.

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, you’ll also gain access to an entirely new set of RAW Fine Tuning controls available in the Adjustments HUD allowing you to tweak decode settings. These include:

* Boost, which lets you intensify or reduce image contrast

* Sharpening, which lets you either dial in the amount of sharpening you’d 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 color artifacts resulting from 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. What’s 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 1.1’s 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 Color Meter

Aperture 1.1 includes a built-in color 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, color balance, and brightness parameters, you can use the color 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 color values at any time in the Adjustments HUD or opt to display them right in the Loupe.
Color Meter

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 you’d 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. You’ll find performance improvements particularly noticeable in keyword searching and when using the Lift & Stamp tool.

Finally, for those of you who use Aperture hand-in-hand with Photoshop, you’ll 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.

To download the Aperture 1.1 update:
Visit the Aperture Download page. Please note: Before installing the Aperture 1.1 Update, you need first to install Aperture 1.0.1 and Mac OS X “Tiger,” version 10.4.6.

About the Apple Aperture Rebate:
Aperture 1.0 e-coupon
On April 13, 2006 Apple released Aperture 1.1, the first Universal version of Aperture and a significant update to the revolutionary all-in-one post-production tool for photographers. In addition, Apple lowered the price of Aperture from $499 to $299. Apple is offering a $200 e-coupon good on the online Apple Store to licensed users of Aperture 1.0. Licensed users of Aperture 1.0 Academic will receive a $100 e-coupon.

Minimum System Requirements for Aperture 1.1:
* One of the following Macintosh computers:
o Power Mac G5 with a 1.8 gigahertz (GHz) or faster PowerPC G5 processor
o iMac with a 1.8 GHz or faster PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor
o MacBook Pro
o 15- or 17-inch PowerBook G4 with a 1.25 GHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
* Mac OS X “Tiger,” version 10.4.6 or later
* Aperture 1.0.1
* Display with 1280 x 854 or higher resolution
* 1GB of RAM
* 5GB of disk space for application, templates, and tutorial
* DVD drive for installation

One of the following graphics cards:
* ATI Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition
* ATI Radeon X850 XT
* ATI Radeon 9800 XT or 9800 Pro
* ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
* ATI Radeon 9600 XT, 9600 Pro, or 9650
* ATI Radeon X1600
* ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, 9600, or X1600
* NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE or 6600
* NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL or 6800 GT DDL
* NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT
* NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500

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