Apple’s Aperture Gets Another Update to 3.3.4

Posted Nov. 13th, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

Apple’s been steadily updating their full fledged photo application, Aperture. Some have been disappointed that we haven’t seen a major update to version 4.0 yet I’m quite happy and enthusiastic about Aperture’s trajectory. While it’s true we haven’t seen the BIG update yet, I’m confident that it’s not far off. The rumor I’ve heard is that Aperture was rewritten from the ground up and has released as what seems like a minor upgrade, even though under the hood there were huge changes. This seems reasonable since the first iteration of Aperture wasn’t really ready for primetime. I actually switched to Apple computers due to Aperture, found it had issues and moved over to Lightroom. Around Aperture 3.0 I switched back over to Aperture for many reasons but mainly due to it’s superior speed and better ability to handle video. That’s where I’m at today and very happy with 90% of what Aperture offers.

Screen shot of my current Aperture library

I’m confident Aperture is here to stay and there’s been good evidence to suggest I’m right. We’ve seen Aperture being highlighted in the newest commercials that Apple’s produced for the new MacBook Pro Retina. We’ve seen regular updates which have made definite improvements to the actual software, and finally Apple has been adding RAW support for the most popular cameras fairly quickly. They actually beat Adobe to the punch with RAW support for the Nikon D600. Quickly supporting new cameras is a big change and greatly appreciated.

If you haven’t downloaded the newest version make sure you update via your software updates option in the APP store. Aperture is finally getting to be the program I hoped for from the first day I used it. If nothing else, Apple brought us reasonably priced software which forced Adobe to do the same. With Apple breathing down Adobe’s neck, we win, just like the competition between Nikon and Canon.

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  1. VP RaskOn Nov. 26th, 2012

    We are Danes but live in France. We have just bought the new Mac MINI, TWI IPADS AND ONE IPHONE, So we have changed to Apple-

    Our question is: Is it possible to get a trial version of Aperture. We think that Aperture 3.3.4 and the new iPhoto were a good combination, when we want the following:

    Slideshow, where photoes and video are mixed together sorted by date, F.ex. Photoes and videos from a trip to New Zealand-

    Possibility to enter words, which can be shown on the slideshow or not.

    Our camera is a Lumix DMC-TZ-30.

    We are not professional, but want a program which can do the above mentioned.

    That is the reason why we want to test it before we buy it.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    Vibeke and Peter Rask

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      danieljcoxOn Nov. 28th, 2012

      Yes you can get a trial version of Aperture. Just type in Aperture Trial in a Google search.

  2. Doug BrayOn Nov. 14th, 2012

    Hi Dan,

    Thank you for the update on Aperture. I always appreciate you keeping us abreast of new developments.

    Like you, I switched over to Apple and Aperture for the same reasons.

    I have not yet had the opportunity to download the update. I sure hope it has watermarks.


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      danieljcoxOn Nov. 14th, 2012

      My pleasure Doug. Unfortunately watermarks are not part of the new update. I don’t think it’s too far out in to the future and it’s the main thing Aperture needs in my opinion. I do think a major new update is coming and it should be great. Time will tell.. thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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