Aperture in depth.

Now Aperture gives you more easy-to-use, powerful tools than ever.

Full Screen

Full-Screen Projects View

Display all your projects full screen using the new full-screen Projects view.

Full-Screen Browser

Use the new full-screen Browser to view, select and reorder thumbnails. To see a single image full screen, simply double-click it.

Library Path Navigator

Use the full-screen Browser to navigate the hierarchy of your entire library, moving from project to project without leaving Full Screen view.

Full Screen View Brightness Control

Change the background luminosity in Full Screen view as desired, just as you can change the luminosity of the Viewer and Browser.

Simplified Filmstrip

The filmstrip in Full Screen view has been streamlined to provide more room for thumbnails and make navigation easier.


Use the new control to snap the Inspector HUD and/or the filmstrip to the edge of your display, allowing them to remain onscreen without overlapping selected images.

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Simplified Import Window

Customise the Import browser by showing only the import settings you want to use. Hiding unneeded options allows you to create a simpler, uncluttered Browser window.

Recent Destinations

Aperture 3 remembers the projects most recently used, allowing you to quickly add more items to them when importing new photos, video clips or audio clips.

Adjustment Presets on Import

Automatically apply adjustments to images as they are imported using new adjustment presets. You can choose any combination of image adjustments, including Auto Levels, Auto Exposure and Auto Curves, as part of the preset.

Autosplit Projects

On import, Aperture can use time-stamp data to automatically split photos into separate projects by day, week, or intervals of 2 or 8 hours.

Autosplit Headers

Before you import photos, Aperture 3 shows you the groups into which they’ll be split in the Import window, giving you an opportunity to change the autosplit setting to suit your needs.

Default Import Location

Set a preference indicating where you want Aperture to import new images — into a new, automatically created project or into the project selected in the Library inspector.

Selection Checkboxes

Use the checkboxes on image thumbnails to identify the photos you want Aperture to import. After selecting multiple photos, use Check All to quickly select all images for import, or Uncheck All to reset import status.

Preview Images Before Import

Double-click any image in the Import window to view it at a larger size. You can also play video and audio clips before importing them.

Double-Click to Close Column Browser

Double-click the resize handle on the column browser to instantly maximise the browser and viewer space in the Import window.

Expanded EXIF Data in Import Window

Display EXIF data — such as f-stop, shutter speed and ISO — for each of the images before importing them.

New Project Options

Create and name a new project directly from the Import pane, avoiding the need to switch to the Library inspector to set it up.

Create Metadata Presets on Import

Create new metadata presets in the Import window as needed. The presets can contain any combination of metadata fields you want to include in the imported images.

Filter File Types

Set Aperture to include or exclude specific types of files, such as video clips, audio files or audio attachments, on import.

Locked/Flagged Image Support

Selectively import only the images you have tagged or locked in the camera. This new option makes it easy to import your most important images first.

Backup on Import

Automatically back up your master images to a second drive during import, freeing you from the need to perform a separate, manual backup.

Faster Thumbnails on Import

Image thumbnails load faster when you’re importing photos into Aperture 3, so you can see and begin working on images quickly.


Enjoy more control over how Aperture imports photos you capture in the RAW+JPEG format. Choose to have Aperture import RAW and JPEG images as joined pairs or separate images. If you prefer, you can also have Aperture automatically import only the RAW images or only the JPEG images.

Import Matching RAW

If you imported only the JPEG images of RAW+JPEG pairs, you can select any imported JPEG images captured in the RAW+JPEG format and have Aperture import the matching RAW image from each pair.

Actions on Import

Select any AppleScript script to automatically run immediately after import.

Drag and Drop from Import Window

Select any combination of photos in the Import window and drop them into any project in the Library inspector to import them into the project.

Drop on Aperture Icon to Import

Quickly import photos into Aperture from the Finder by dragging selected images or an entire folder of images and dropping them onto the Aperture icon. Drop selected images on the icon, and Aperture creates a new, untitled project for them in the current library. Drop a folder on the icon, and Aperture creates a new project based on the name of the folder.

Adjust During Import

During import, Aperture 3 lets you make adjustments to new images even while they’re being copied from a flash card or external hard drive. View and adjust full-resolution images at any point during the import process, while Aperture handles the file copying in the background.

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Organisation and Library Management

Customisable Project Order

Arrange projects, albums and other library items appearing in the Library inspector, in any order you want.

Select Multiple Items in Library Inspector

View, move or delete multiple projects, albums or folders by Shift-clicking (for contiguous selections), or Command-clicking (for noncontiguous selections) any number of items in the Library inspector.

Flagged Items

Flag any item in the library by clicking the Flag button or pressing the Slash (/) key. To view flagged items, click Flagged in the Library inspector.

Colour Labels

Apply up to eight different colour-coded labels to images to organise and group them. Add a custom name for each colour label in Aperture preferences. Simple keyboard shortcuts allow you to apply labels using the keyboard.

Converts Colour Labels in Finder

On import, Aperture 3 automatically converts colour labels assigned to images in the Finder into Aperture colour labels. Conversely, if you export images, colour labels assigned to them in Aperture are converted to Finder colour labels.

Aperture Trash

Aperture 3 places deleted items in the new Trash folder that appears in the Library inspector. As in iPhoto, you can retrieve unintentionally deleted items from the Trash by dragging them back into the desired project.

Project Info

Enter and view information about each project — including a description, location data (with map), and number of items — in the new Info heads-up display (HUD). You can also use this window to set the key photo for the project.

Library Inspector Filtering

Use the new search field in the Library inspector to search within the pane for projects based on name, description, or any Faces or Places data associated with the photos in the project.

Show in Project

Select a photo in a Smart Album, for example, and Aperture can display that image within the project it belongs to.

Duplicate Project Structure

Easily duplicate the structure of a selected project or folder — including its hierarchy of folders, Smart Albums and other elements — without duplicating the images. This new Aperture command allows you to “clone” the structure of a favourite project or folder and use it for another campaign, event or photo shoot.

Specify Sort Order in Library Inspector

Use the new Library inspector to specify a default sort order for each folder or project in an Aperture library. This allows you to maintain a persistent sort order for folders and projects. You can create a custom sort order or have Aperture sort by name or date.

Reveal Library

Click the Reveal Library button in Aperture preferences to see where your currently selected default library is located in the Finder.

Version-Stacking Options

Specify whether you want Aperture to automatically stack newly created versions with their “parent” images.

Project Merging

To merge two projects into one, use the Projects view to simply drag one project tile onto another. Alternatively, you can select two or more projects in the Library inspector and choose Merge Projects from the File menu.

Merge and Sync Libraries

To merge two or more Aperture libraries, simply drag one Aperture library into another. If any of the merged projects match those already in the library, Aperture automatically updates those items with the most recent changes.

Export as Library

Export any item or combination of items — for example, projects, albums, slideshows or books — as a standalone Aperture library. Once you create standalone libraries, you can open them on any Mac running Aperture without having to first import them into an existing Aperture library.

Fast Library Switching

Close one Aperture library and open another on the fly by selecting the desired library from the Switch to Library submenu — no need to quit and restart Aperture.

Recent Libraries Menu

Switch among frequently used libraries faster. Use the Switch to Library command to display a list of your most recently opened Aperture libraries.

Library Chooser

Hold down the Option key when opening Aperture to display the Library Chooser window, which lists all the Aperture libraries available on your Mac. Then pick the one you want from the list or click Create New to start a new library. The Library Chooser window displays the location of each library, along with the number of masters and versions each library contains.

Project Grouping

In Projects view, group library projects by year or by folder for easier browsing.

Navigating Project Groups

When you have grouped projects in Projects view, simply click a header to “drill down,” filtering your view down to a specific group of projects. For example, click the 2009 header to view only projects with photos from 2009.

More Project Sorting Options

In Projects view, sort your projects by name or in the custom order defined in the Library inspector.

Expand and Collapse Library Elements

Hide or reveal the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector for a less cluttered look.

Library Name Display

Aperture 3 displays the name of your current library at the top of the Library inspector. This allows you to see at a glance the name of the current library, a handy feature if you frequently switch among multiple libraries.

Easier Project and Album Naming

When you create a new project or album, a dialogue prompts you to enter a name and gives you the option of including currently selected items in the new album. If you create a new project, the dialogue also lets you move selected items into the project automatically.

Choose RAW or JPEG as Master

If you import RAW+JPEG pairs, you can now tell Aperture whether to display the RAW or JPEG as the master image, on an image-by-image basis.

Metadata/Adjustments Sync for RAW+JPEG Pairs

Apply metadata and image adjustments to either the RAW or JPEG version of a RAW+JPEG pair. The two stay in sync as you switch between them.

Aperture Library First Aid

Hold down the Option and Command keys when opening Aperture 3 to access new Library First Aid tools. The tools can check the database for consistency and make needed repairs to the database, to permissions, or to other library elements.

iLife/iWork Preview Sharing

Use the new preview-sharing options in Aperture 3 preferences to optimise the application’s performance. You can now opt to have Aperture share previews only when you quit the program, instead of when you switch to other applications during a work session.

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Photo Stream

Photo Stream View

Photo Stream view displays a rolling collection of the last 1,000 photos you took on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.


Your Mac can save the photos that come through your Photo Stream to your library, organised into Aperture projects by the month and year they were taken.


The photos you import from a camera or SD card to your library can also appear in your Photo Stream. Then you can view them on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch — or on your other computers.

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Camera “LCD” Panel

Aperture 3 includes a new LCD-style pane — called Camera Info — at the top of the Metadata inspector. Camera Info displays important photo information, including camera settings, labels and flags. The easy-to-read display emulates the LCD screen on many digital cameras.

IPTC Core Metadata Support

Aperture 3 supports all IPTC Core metadata fields and provides a new IPTC Core metadata view.

Write IPTC Metadata to Master

The Write IPTC Metadata to Master command will write IPTC metadata into the master file of the selected version, eliminating the need to export master images in order to embed this data.

Batch Rename Masters

When using the Batch Change feature to rename photos, you now have the option of applying the name change to the master image files on disk.

Import XMP Sidecar Data

While importing images, Aperture now imports metadata from XMP sidecar files located with them.

Sizes Displayed in Megapixels

Aperture 3 now displays image size in two ways: pixel dimensions (for example, 4372 x 2906) and megapixels (for example, 12.7 MP). The addition of megapixels means you no longer have to multiply pixel values yourself.

Visual Feedback When Keywording

When you assign keywords to photos in the Viewer by dragging and dropping, Aperture now highlights the images and displays an “Assign Keywords” text alert.

New Default Metadata Views

Aperture 3 provides an improved set of metadata views, including GPS, IPTC Core and Custom Fields.

Improved Editing of Metadata Views

Aperture 3 organises all supported metadata fields hierarchically with sections you can expand and collapse. This makes it easy to choose the fields you want displayed.

Focus Points

Hover over the Focus Points button in the Camera Info pane to see the focus points used by your camera to autofocus the image. You can also click the button to turn the display of focus points on or off.

Editable Rating, Label and Flag Controls in Metadata Pane

Aperture 3 now allows you to change ratings, apply colour labels, and turn flags on and off in the Metadata pane.

Large Caption Metadata View

Switch to the Large Caption view when entering captions. In this view, Aperture increases the size of the field and font, making caption writing easier.

IPTC Date Created “Date Picker”

The Date Created field is now prepopulated with the current date and time. Selector buttons make it easier to enter a specific date and time in the correct format.

Modeless Reordering of Fields in Metadata Pane

Click and drag field names at any time to rearrange metadata in exactly the order you want.

Metadata Pane Map

If GPS data is available, click the Map button to display a small, resizable map at the bottom of the Metadata pane, showing the location of your photos. Aperture can display the location using Terrain, Road or Satellite view.

Selectable Location Names

Choose the location name you want assigned to each photo. In Aperture 3, a location can include the name of a country, state, city and point of interest. You can decide whether to use a point of interest — such as Kealakekua Bay — or simply the state — Hawaii — as a photo’s location name.

Metadata Overlays Button

Use the new Browser & Viewer Metadata Overlays button to switch between alternate metadata sets, a large set and a smaller set. This button makes it easier to hide or show metadata in the Viewer or Browser.

Simplified Custom Field Creation

To create new fields to store custom data, simply choose Manage Custom Fields from the Action pop-up menu in the Metadata pane and set up as many as you need. To see all the custom fields you’ve created, switch to the Custom Fields metadata view. You can also choose to include custom fields in any metadata view.

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Image Adjustments

Nondestructive Brushes

Make nondestructive image enhancements to specific areas of any photo using new adjustment brushes. Use brush strokes to modify — brush in or brush away — most of the standard image adjustments available in the Adjustments inspector. You can control the size, softness and strength of each brush with intuitive sliders.

Support for Pressure-Sensitive Tablets

If you apply image adjustments using a graphics tablet, such as the Wacom pen tablet, you can use pressure to control the strength of the brush.

Detect Edges

Turn on the Detect Edges option, and Aperture will detect hard edges as you brush, making it easier to brush adjustments into specific areas of a photo.

Feather Tool

Blend adjustments more easily — and achieve more realistic results — by taking advantage of the feathering tool available for each imaging adjustment brush.

Brush Overlays

Examine the selective adjustments you’ve made using any of the adjustment brushes as a colour overlay or as isolated brush strokes, choosing from four view modes: Color Overlay, Brush Strokes, On Black and On White.

Brush Ranges

Restrict enhancements to the particular tonal range — highlights, midtones or shadows — for any brush you use.

Apply/Clear/Invert Brush Strokes

For any brush, use menu commands to apply the brushed effect to the entire image, remove all the brush strokes, or invert the brush strokes to change the affected area.

Adjustment Presets

If you use a combination of adjustments frequently, save it as a preset. Then apply the preset to individual images or a batch of images. Aperture 3 includes dozens of ready-to-use presets, and you can easily create your own and export them for use by others.

Live Previews

See the result of an image adjustment before applying it with a live preview. The Presets pop-up menu in the Adjustments inspector displays a preview of each preset applied to your image, allowing you to assess the effect of the preset before you apply it.

Add/Replace Preset

Hold down the Option key when choosing an adjustment preset to have Aperture replace all previous adjustments with the new preset.

Autofix Preset Support

When creating an image adjustment preset, you can opt to include Auto Exposure, Auto Levels and Auto Curves adjustments.

Support for Brushes in Presets

Create presets that include brushed-in or brushed-away adjustments for special effects — for example, adding interesting edge treatments to images.

Improved Histogram

Use the redesigned — and more vivid — histogram to see the intersection of the red, green and blue channels more easily.

White Balance Shortcut

To select the White Balance eyedropper, simply press Command-Shift-W instead of manually selecting it.

Adjustments Pop-up Menu

Easily add image adjustment tools by using the simplified pop-up menu at the top of the Adjustments inspector. See at a glance the adjustment tools already available in the inspector by looking for the dot next to the name of each tool.

Create Multiple Instances of Adjustments

Apply multiple adjustments of a single type to different parts of an image by creating multiple adjustment bricks for each adjustment. For example, set one Levels adjustment to create the perfect sky. Then add another Levels adjustment brick to selectively perfect skin tones. To add a new instance of an adjustment, choose the Add New option from the Action pop-up menu in each adjustment brick.

New Auto Buttons

Quickly make exposure adjustments by using the Auto buttons now available in the Exposure, Levels, and Curves adjustment bricks.

Chromatic Aberration Filter

Remove the colour fringing that can occur along edges due to optical issues by using the new Chromatic Aberration filter. The adjustments can be brushed in or brushed away as needed to achieve desired results.

Powerful New Curves Tool

Use the new Curves tool to adjust exposure and tweak colour. Curve adjustments can be applied to luminance, RGB or individual colour channels. You can set the black, white and midtone points, as well as place custom points along the curve using a target tool. All Curves adjustments can be brushed in or brushed away as needed to achieve desired results.

Linear or Gamma-Corrected Mode

The Curves tool can operate in two different modes — Linear and Gamma-Corrected — depending on which best suits the image. Linear mode is best when dealing with extended range data and highlights, while Gamma-Corrected mode can be especially helpful when working with shadows.

Range Support in Curves Tool

Because the Curves tool supports the “extended range” data sometimes available in RAW images, you can set the Range control in Curves to Extended in order to see the “out of range” highlight data that you may be able to recover. You can then use controls in the Curves tool to pull blown highlights back in and improve detail in highlight areas. Alternatively, you can set the range to Shadows and focus on the lower-left quadrant of the tone curve to make extremely precise Shadow adjustments.

Quick Brushes

Use the new Quick Brushes pop-up menu in the Adjustments toolbar to gain immediate access to 15 ready-to-use brushes for the most common enhancement tasks. Quick Brushes include Skin Smoothing, Polarize, Intensify Contrast, Tint and others.

Skin Smoothing

Use the new Skin Smoothing brush to apply a gentle blur effect, creating smoother-looking skin. Use the Radius, Detail and Intensity controls to refine your adjustments.

Edit with Plug-in Menu Item

Use the new “Edit with Plug-in” menu command to find and access editing plug-ins you’ve downloaded and installed in Aperture.


Deepen colour, and darken shadow areas and midtones, without affecting the black and white points in an image using the new Polarize brush. Polarize creates an effect similar to a polarising filter by using a Multiply blend.

Intensify Contrast (Overlay) Filter

Use this brush to intensify contrast across an image, making dark areas darker and light areas lighter. This filter produces an effect equivalent to using an Overlay blend.


Selectively shift the hue in part of an image, using the Tint brush to change the hue value of affected pixels.


Paint a Gaussian blur into any portion of an image, such as the background. Increase or decrease the amount of blur painted into the selection area by using the Intensity slider until you achieve desired results.

Halo Reduction

Use Halo Reduction to remove blue and purple fringes sometimes produced with certain lenses on overexposed areas. Simply paint over the halos to remove unwanted fringing. The brush can be used to eliminate difficult halos when Chromatic Aberration alone cannot completely remove them.

Vanishing HUD

If you hold down the Shift key while moving an adjustment slider in the Adjustments HUD, the HUD vanishes, giving you an unobstructed view of your photo as you make adjustments.

Zoom Navigator

The new Zoom Navigator helps you move around zoomed photos by displaying a thumbnail of the zoomed photo when you hover the pointer over the navigator.

Dodge and Burn Brushes

Use these Quick Brushes to lighten and darken select parts of an image nondestructively.

External Editor Menu Item

If you set the application you want to use as your external editor (such as Photoshop Elements) in preferences, Aperture now displays that choice (such as Edit with Photoshop Elements) in the Photos menu.

Set Colour Space for External Editor

In preferences, Aperture 3 lets you define the colour profile to be assigned to TIFF or PSD files exported to an external editor for round-tripping.

Variable-Level Zoom

Easily set the percentage of magnification when zooming images in the new Zoom Navigator. Using the slider, you can set the zoom level from 25 percent to 1000 percent.

Keyboard Zooming

Use Command-Plus and Command-Minus on the keyboard to zoom images at predefined increments.

Visible Switch to Show Crop Guides

Aperture 3 provides a checkbox in the Crop HUD to turn rule-of-thirds crop guides on and off.

Output Megapixel Size when Cropping

Check the Crop HUD to see the resulting size of the cropped image in megapixels, based on the dimensions of the crop.

Batch Apply Adjustments

Apply any available adjustments to any selected photos using the new Add Adjustment submenu in the Photos menu. Selecting the submenu opens the inspector (if closed) and displays the Adjustments pane.

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Face Detection and Recognition

Aperture 3 automatically detects faces in photos when you import them. It then compares the faces and finds similar ones. Aperture supports all the Faces features introduced in iPhoto ’09, extending and enhancing many of them.

Show Unnamed Faces

Click the Show Unnamed Faces button to reveal faces detected in your library that have not yet been named. In Aperture, you can limit the unnamed faces displayed to a specific project or album; or you can have Aperture display unnamed faces across your entire library.

Detect Missing Faces

Use the Detect Missing Faces contextual menu command to rescan a selected photo to find potential matching faces that weren’t detected during the initial image scan.

Faces Background

Aperture lets you turn the corkboard background in Faces view on or off.

View Faces by Project, Album or Folder

Instead of displaying all the named people throughout your whole library, Aperture lets you limit the faces displayed in Faces view to individuals named in a specific folder, project or album. Doing so can speed the process of finding photos of a particular person.

Limit Suggestions to Project

To expedite the confirmation of possible matches in Name mode (for example, “Is this Elizabeth?”), you can set Aperture to suggest only names used in the same project rather than throughout your library.

Export Names as Keywords

When you export photos that include people you’ve named using the Faces feature, the names are embedded as IPTC keywords in the resulting image files so that the names are “readable” by other applications that display standard IPTC metadata.

Enable/Disable Faces

Turn face detection on or off in preferences. Turning it off stops Aperture from scanning photos for faces when importing new photos and hides Faces in the Library inspector.

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Aperture 3 extends and enhances the Places technology introduced in iPhoto ’09. Places allows you to organise photos based on where they were taken, using GPS data embedded in photos when you took them or location data added in Aperture.

Interactive Maps

See where you took your photos on an interactive map displayed in Aperture. Choose from road maps or view satellite images with or without labels.

Map Zoom Navigator

Use the mini-map (in the lower-right corner of the main Places map) to quickly navigate the large map.

View Places by Project, Album or Folder

To find photos faster, you can limit the locations displayed in Places view to those associated with photos in a specific folder, project or album, rather than searching across your whole library.

Consolidated Search Results

When searching for places on a map, Aperture scans the extensive Apple database of locations to deliver a consolidated list of matching results.

Show/Hide Location Badges

In Places view, Aperture automatically marks the thumbnails of photos to which you have added GPS data with a “pin” badge. You can opt to hide the badges by choosing Hide Location Badges from the Action pop-up menu.

Support for GPS Track Logs

In Aperture, you can easily assign locations to photos by importing the track log from a GPS receiver. Then simply drag photos onto the track to have Aperture sync the photos to the location data in the track log. You can also reset the time zone of the track in Aperture.

Support for iPhone Photo GPS Locations

Import GPS locations for the photos you take with your GPS-enabled iPhone directly into Aperture. Then use the data to assign locations to photos already in your library.

Places Path Navigator

Use the Places Path Navigator pop-up menus in Places view to jump to any country, state, province, city or point of interest where you have taken photos.

Move Pins to Relocate

To reassign locations or correct GPS errors, just click the Move Pins button and drag location pins to a new spot on the map.

Command-Drag to Zoom

Want a fast way to zoom the map? Simply Command-drag to create a selection rectangle over the part of the map you want to see, and Aperture zooms the selected area to fill the map window.

Remove Location

Remove GPS data you’ve assigned to any photo by choosing Remove Location from the Action pop-up menu in Places view.

Map + Photos View

In Places view, Aperture displays both a map and your photo thumbnails. Click any thumbnail to highlight the location where the photo was taken on the map. Or click any pin on the map, and Aperture selects the corresponding thumbnail. This works when you click multiple thumbnails or pins as well.

Show/Hide Tracks and Waypoints

When working with imported GPS track files, you can choose to show or hide individual track paths on the map.

Show Unplaced Photos

Easily find photos that don’t yet have location data. In Places view, select the Show Unplaced Photos option and Aperture filters the thumbnail browser to display only photos that have not been placed on the map (that is, to which no locations have been assigned).

Smart Album View

After zooming the map to any location, create a Smart Album that will automatically display only photos located in that view. As you add new photos taken at locations in the designated area, Aperture adds them to the Smart Album.

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Web Publishing

Publish to Facebook

Click the Facebook button to publish selected photos directly to your Facebook account. People named using the Faces feature are automatically tagged with Facebook names, and published albums can be automatically updated as you add, remove or edit photos.

Publish to Flickr

Publish directly to your Flickr account from Aperture. If you’ve added locations to photos, Aperture includes the GPS information, so photos are automatically mapped on Flickr. Published albums can be automatically updated as you add, remove or edit photos.

Publish to SmugMug

Publish photos directly to your SmugMug account from Aperture. If you make further edits to your photos, Aperture will automatically sync the changes to your SmugMug galleries. And you can even view your SmugMug comments directly in Aperture.

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Video and Audio

Video Support

Import, browse and play back video clips — including HD video — from digital SLR cameras, point-and-shoot cameras and digital camcorders.

Audio Support

Import and play back audio clips in standard audio formats, such as AIFF and MP3.

Clip Trimming

Set start and end points (In and Out points) for audio and video clips. You can trim clips during import or at any time after you have imported clips into the library.

External Editors

Aperture lets you designate separate external editing applications for audio and video clips.

Space Bar Playback

To play or pause video, simply press the Space bar after selecting a video or audio clip.

Create JPEG from Frame

Aperture lets you create a still JPEG image from any frame in a video clip.

Import Audio Attachments

If you used the microphone on your digital SLR to record audio attachments, Aperture can import the audio and keep it attached to the corresponding photo.

Audio Attachment Player

When you select a photo that has attached audio, the Metadata inspector includes audio controls so you can play and trim the audio.

Attach Audio File

Turn any audio clip in a project into an audio attachment by linking it to a specific image. Once attached, the audio clip is connected to the image and can be played using the Metadata inspector.

Detach Audio File

Aperture lets you detach audio that was recorded as an audio attachment and turn it into a standalone audio clip.

A/V Rating, Keywords and Labels

Organise multimedia content in your library using any combination of ratings, keywords and colour labels — just as you do with photos.

A/V Metadata

The Metadata inspector displays the duration, size and frame rate for any selected video clip. For audio clips, the inspector displays the duration, format and bit rate.

Set Poster Frame for Video Clips

Choose any frame in the clip as the thumbnail image representing the video.

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Slideshow Themes

Aperture 3 offers eight slideshow themes, including six from iPhoto ’09 and two new themes: Watercolor Panels and Photo Edges.

Saved Slideshows

Create a simple slideshow on the fly. Or build an advanced slideshow and save it in your library for future use.

Slideshow Skimming

Once you save a slideshow you’re working on, you can skim across thumbnails in the Timeline-style browser to preview transitions, titles and the timing of the entire slideshow.


When using the Classic and Ken Burns themes, you can choose from a dozen transitions, including Dissolve, Fade through Black and Fade through White.

Borders and Insets with Fit or Fill Cropping

The Classic and Ken Burns themes give you the flexibility to frame images by defining a custom colour border and inset for each photo. Then you can have images cropped to fit within your borders and insets or to fill the screen during a slideshow.

Custom Ken Burns Effect

Easily set a custom pan/zoom on each slide using simple iMovie-style controls for setting the start and end cropping rectangles. You can do this in either the Classic or Ken Burns theme.

Text on Slides

In addition to the text on the main title slide, you can add text to any slide using any font, style or colour you choose. Aperture allows you to include text from specific fields (such as Date, Location, or Title) or to enter custom text for each slide.

Main Titles

All slideshows, including the ready-to-use themes, give you the option to include a main title slide. You can set the font, style and colour for this initial title.

Slideshow Display Preference

Specify the screen on which you want slideshows to appear — the main display or the secondary display. This allows you to run Aperture in presenter mode on a notebook computer, using the projected display to show only the slideshow to your audience.

Set Aspect Ratio

Choose from a number of standard aspect ratios, including HDTV, iPhone or the aspect ratio of your computer display.

Aperture Audio Browser

Use the Audio browser to access audio clips or audio tracks associated with video clips stored in your Aperture library. This makes it easy to build the soundtrack for your slideshow.

Audio Controls

Control the volume, fade in and fade out for each audio or video clip added to a slideshow.

Automatic Ducking

You can set any audio or video clip in a slideshow to automatically reduce the volume of the main soundtrack while playing.

Secondary Audio Track

Besides including a main audio track in a slideshow (such as background music), you can add a secondary audio track, such as a voiceover or narration, to create a true layered soundtrack.

Insert Blank Slide

When using the Classic and Ken Burns themes, you can insert blank, solid-colour slides to divide a slideshow into sections. You can also create a blank slide with editable title text.

Record Slide Durations

Aperture 3 offers an easy way to sync slide durations to a slideshow’s soundtrack. Instead of entering the numeric timing for each slide, you can “record” the slide duration by playing the slideshow and pressing the Return key each time you want a slide to change.

Distribute Slide Timing

Use this option to reset the timing of a selected group of slides, so that each slide has the same duration.

Fit Selected Slides to Audio Track

Aperture lets you expand or reduce the timing of a selected group of slides to fit the duration of the main soundtrack exactly.

Export Slideshow as Movie

In Aperture, you can now export slideshows in a number of predefined formats, including YouTube, iPhone, Apple TV, HD and 1080p. You can also specify a custom size and frame rate, and export slideshows using either the H.264 or MPEG-4 codec.

Video Support

You can now add video clips — including HD video — to any slideshow.

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Photo Books

New Extra-Large Book

Choose the new 13x10-inch size in any Aperture book theme to create an impressive coffee table-style photo book.

New Book Themes

Aperture 3 includes two new book themes: Photo Essay, a simple, elegant photojournalist-style layout; and Journal, which includes scrapbook-style borders and large spreads.

Travel Maps

Use the new Photo Essay or Journal theme to illustrate your photo books with customisable maps, showing the locations of any or all of the photos in your book.

Simplified Book Editing Tools

Redesigned buttons make it easier to switch from editing content and layout to adding new photo and text boxes to a book.

Photo Book Plug-ins

Aperture 3 now lets you create and order books from a number of the leading, high-end album companies, such as Couture, Graphistudio, Leather Craftsmen and Queensberry. Book themes developed and provided by these companies plug directly into Aperture, allowing you to create your book layouts and then connect, order and upload your finished book with a few clicks.

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Custom Printing Presets

Define print settings that include custom margins and borders, and save them as presets that can be reused for future print jobs.

Interactive Layout Tools

Instead of entering dimensions in fields, you can simply drag margin lines and guides in the print preview window to interactively control the margins of your print layout and size photos as desired.


Use the new vertical and horizontal rulers to design precise page layouts.

Same Photo Per Page

Select the Same Photo Per Page option, and Aperture will use a selected photo for each printed page. You can use this option, for example, to print a page of wallet-size photos of a single image.

Crop Image to Fill

If the photo boxes on your page layout don’t match the aspect ratio of your photos, you can use this option to automatically crop the photos to fill each box. You can further adjust positioning by double-clicking a photo to pan and zoom it within the photo box.


Aperture 3 lets you easily add borders with a custom width and colour to images you print.

Custom Headers

Customise prints by adding a title, a subtitle, or your own logo to the header of any print or contact sheet.

Automatic Page Numbering

Aperture can add page numbers to multipage contact sheets and prints.

Comment Lines

When adding notes and comments to contact sheets, you can now specify the number of comment lines that appear under photos.

N-up Printing

Simply specify the number of photos you want to appear on a page, and Aperture 3 creates the layout for you. Want more control? You can also specify row and column spacing.

Print-Only Adjustments

Compensate for the output characteristics of your printer by adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness of images on the fly. The adjustments apply only to the print output and do not affect the image versions themselves.

Print Metadata

You can now include metadata on any print — not just contact sheets. Aperture lets you position metadata to appear below, above or beside each image.

Set Metadata Font and Size

Choose the font, style, and size for metadata on prints and contact sheets.

Print Watermarks

Now Aperture can automatically apply graphic watermarks not only when exporting images, but when printing as well.

Rendering Intent Control

When printing, choose from two rendering intent options: Relative Colorimetric and Perceptual.

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iOS 5 Photo Features

Non-destructive Image Adjustments

Auto-enhance, crop, straighten, rotate — adjustments you make to photos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch will be preserved when you import into Aperture. And all your edits are non-destructive, so you can revert to your original image at any time.

Wi-Fi Sync

Use iTunes to wirelessly sync the contents of your Aperture library to your iOS devices. You can sync any combination of Events, Albums and Faces to get exactly the photos you want on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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Additional Properties

The scripting dictionary in Aperture 3 includes support for new properties, such as colour labels, flags, and GPS longitude and latitude.

Image Adjustment Preset Class

Create scripts that automatically apply adjustment presets to images.

Access to the Trash Folder

The scripting dictionary includes support for moving photos to and from the Trash.

Remove Adjustments

You can now use an AppleScript script to remove adjustments from images.

Update from Masters

Scripts can now include a command that rereads EXIF data from master images. This can be useful for images imported into previous versions of Aperture that did not support fields for lens type and other EXIF data supported in subsequent versions.

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64-Bit Support (requires Snow Leopard and Intel Core 2 Duo processor)

With Snow Leopard, the Mac can support up to 16 terabytes of memory, and 64-bit applications like Aperture 3 can take advantage of this larger memory capacity.