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Aperture is Big

Aperture is big. Industry-rattling big. If you’re a photo professional, you understand why; if not, take my word for it. Apple’s announcement of Aperture today wasn’t a total shock; many were expecting an “iPhoto Pro” to come along (readers of my iPhoto Challenge articles will know I was one of those hoping for just such a thing.) What is surprising is that it’s not “iPhoto Pro”, it’s really just PRO, in big bold letters. Aperture includes Automator integration, of course; it sports a number of handy actions that will be of great interest to users. Watch this space for more information.



  1. This is good news as I couldn’t find any mention of AppleScript support on Apple’s website for Aperture. Anyone gotten a peek at the Dictionary, if there is one?

    Comment by Muad'Dib — October 20, 2005 @ 9:51 am

  2. After seeing the demos, It’s seems a little more like iPhoto/Prosumer then a PRO app after all. Less amateuer “redeye” tools, and more pro functions please.

    Several huge ommisions…. • NO – High end digital back support. • NO – Tethered capture capability. • NO – Layered psd file support.

    I’ll stick with Capture ONE, and Photoshop CS2, for now.

    Comment by nadrew — October 23, 2005 @ 11:42 pm

  3. Well, nad, one look at the system requirements tells you who it’s for. And, I think it is a full-on pro app – watch the profiles and see who’s using it (top photogs and it looks like it suits them well).

    Are you saying it can’t ‘see’ layered PSDs at all? I would think (like other apps) it would be able to view a flattened version at least. It’s not a manipulation tool first – it’s a workflow tool. It’s not a PSD killer.

    It’s also 1.0. I wouldn’t be surprised to see features like you describe added on via plug-ins or updates.

    Comment by Allan White — October 24, 2005 @ 12:23 pm

  4. Aperture does open PS files, but layered ones will be flattened. The layers themselves are NOT harmed, however.

    I really don’t see the problem here…Aperture is meant for massive file workflow processing, not compositing.

    Comment by Steve — October 24, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

  5. It does work with layered photoshop files. It sees them and you can manage them. You can’t do corrections on them. (But if you’re using photoshop to do corrections, why would you want to do corrections in Aperture.)

    It does do some tethered, using an Automator script to set the download location for the camera and then grab the images. I’d expect more tetherd support to come in future versions.

    It’ll also pick up more RAW support over time.

    This IS a really really big thing for pros.

    Comment by David Schloss — October 30, 2005 @ 9:59 pm

  6. Sorry, and on the back support, since it does DNG it’ll support the Hassy H2d.

    Comment by David Schloss — October 30, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

  7. Nice! Where you get this guestbook? I want the same script.. Awesome content. thankyou.

    Comment by Benedict Koeffle — August 2, 2006 @ 3:10 am

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