Enhance Your Workflow With Apple Aperture 1.1

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Apple ApertureDeveloped 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:

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.

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