Aperture’s Third Party Plugins

Posted May. 1st, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

Aperture itself is an amazingly powerful workflow tool. But improving it’s capabilities is something you can do by adding third party plugins. What plugins do can vary. Some reduce noise, others allow you to combine images for HDR composites, there are lens correction tools and artistic filters, interpolation software as well as mapping and sharpening plugins. The list is growing fast and there is a great location for you to go to check out all the possibilities.

Here is a screen shot of the many Aperture third party plugins that are available. You can click on this image to be taken to this page on Apple's website.

One of my absolute favorites is the plugin made by Nik Software called Viveza 2. This plugin has the outstanding U-Point Technology you need to try to believe. I highlighted the use of Nik’s Viveza in this blog post titled: Capturing an Image and Post Processing. Take a look for yourself to see if there are any that could fit your needs or desires. It’s great to see the list on the plugins page constantly growing. Drop me a note if you find something you really like to use. I’m always interested in hearing how you guys and gals are putting these new tools work.

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  1. Doug BrayOn May. 3rd, 2012

    Hi Dan,

    I have used Nik’s plugins with Lightroom on my PC. I have found them very useful. As you know, I have recently switched over to Aperture on a Mac. Fortunately, I did not need to purchase new Nik plugins since the discs have both softwares on the same discs.

    I am enjoying using the Nik plugins with Aperture.


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      danieljcoxOn May. 9th, 2012


      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s always greatly appreciated to have other voices here on the Natural Exposures blog. I’ve become a big fan of the Nik plugins myself. They produce fabulous results, are easy to navigate and are pleasing to look at. Let me know if you have any other thoughts.

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