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Aperture 3 - MB957Z/A [OLD VERSION]

by Apple
Mac, Mac OS X
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Aperture 3 helps you refine images, showcase your work, and manage massive libraries on your Mac
  • Features new ways to organize your photos by the people in them and more robust GPS tools for mapping images
  • Apply or remove adjustments and effects to selected parts of your images with nondestructive, edge-aware brushes
  • Instantly give your images a custom look or emulate a variety of camera types and processing styles
  • Create stunning slideshows that weave together photos and HD video clips, complete with text and soundtracks

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002I0JKSS
  • Item model number: MB957Z/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 9, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description


Aperture 3 combines powerful performance with iPhoto simplicity to help you refine images, showcase your photography, and manage massive libraries on your Mac. With more than 200 new features and enhancements, it can help you take your photography to the next level. Now you can perfect your images with brushes. Apply adjustment presets to instantly create a custom look. And when you import your pictures from iPhoto, all name and location data is preserved.

Apple Aperture 3

Taking photos. Further.

Organize photos by faces and places.

Aperture 3 advances the Faces and Places technology in iPhoto. It features new ways to organize your photos by the people in them and more robust GPS tools for mapping images.

Aperture 3 -- Faces
Now you can group your photos by the people in them. Even within individual projects.
Aperture 3 -- Prints
Create dramatic prints and custom books with Apple-designed templates.
Perfect your images with brushes.

Apply or remove adjustments and effects to selected parts of your images with nondestructive, edge-aware brushes. A set of 15 Quick Brushes handles the most common touchup jobs.

Adjustment presets.

Instantly give your images a custom look or emulate a variety of camera types and processing styles. Choose from dozens of ready-touse presets, create your own, or import presets from other Aperture users.

Advanced slideshows.

Create stunning slideshows that weave together photos and HD video clips. Add text using your choice of fonts, styles, and colors. Build a layered soundtrack with location audio clips and music tracks.

Aperture 3 Key Features

Aperture 3 delivers more than 200 new features, including:

  • Faces, with new ways to organize your photos using face detection and recognition tools.
  • Places, with more robust GPS tools to explore your photos by locations where they were shot.
  • Nondestructive, edge-aware brushes to precisely retouch selected parts of your images.
  • Dozens of ready-to-use adjustment presets to instantly give your images a custom look.
  • Full-screen Browser to use every inch of your brilliant Mac display to browse and edit.
  • Advanced slideshows that weave together photos and HD video with custom text and transitions.
  • iPhoto events, faces, places, albums, and more are preserved when moving to Aperture.

AppleCare Support

In the United States and Canada, new registered users of Aperture 3 receive 90 days of complimentary software installation support via telephone. In addition, Apple offers a range of support options, including AppleCare Help Desk Support, which provides one year of direct access to Apple’s Professional Application Support team. Visit www.apple.com/support/products for more information.

Product Description

The new Aperture 3 gives you powerful yet easy-to-use tools to refine images, showcase your photography, and manage massive libraries on your Mac. It’s pro performance with iPhoto simplicity.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
161 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Photo Organizer, Editor, and Publisher February 11, 2010
Before I start the review I need to add a few caveats. The first is I have not really used Adobe Lightroom so I will not be comparing Aperture 3 to Lightroom. (Lightroom is the biggest competitor to Aperture and from what I have read owns the majority of the market). I have tried Lightroom 3 and I could not get past the restrictive module system and the small editing space. I thought I was going to have to slog through learning how to used Lightroom 3 when Apple surprised and delighted me by releasing Aperture 3. Also, I haven't really used iPhoto that much since I got Aperture 2. So I will only be making passing remarks about those programs. The other caveat is that this is a massive program with massive upgrades and there is no way I can cover everything so I will be covering how this program handles my workflow.

Bottom Line Up Front: Aperture 3 is an amazing Photographic Workflow System that fits all of my professional and personal needs. Apple has implemented so many amazing features into this program that it is an absolute must upgrade from Aperture 2. For anyone interested in taking their photography up from the casual (iPhoto) to enthusiast level, Aperture 3 is a great tool to help you accomplish that. For anyone using Lightroom who hates being restricted by what module you are in, Aperture 3 offers amazing new professional features especially concerning showcasing your work. (Still+Video slideshoes, GraphiSutdio, Queensberry, Leather Craftsmen, and Couture Books are just some of the outstanding new features.)

One thing you need to know up front is that Aperture 3 has some stability issues. I have been using Aperture 3 for about 16 hours and have had about 8 crashes. One thing to note is that because of how Aperture works you do not lose any work.
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137 of 153 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frequent crashes... SGML February 13, 2010
Yes, Aperture 3 is very fast compared to Aperture 2 and 1, and it has a lot of wonderful features, but its instability on my system is a show-stopper. SGML: Sounds Good, Maybe Later!

I downloaded the trial version of Aperture 3 from Apple. It's the same as the standard version but requires a purchased serial number after 30 days. Unfortunately, only one hour was needed to determine that this software is not yet ready for prime time. It crashed 3 times during the first hour of use, and then I deleted it from my system (iMac 27" i5, 8 GB RAM).

Instead of buying Aperture 3 now, I'd recommend waiting until at least the first few patches are released by Apple. I'm sure these issues will be addressed sooner or later. Google "Aperture 3" and "crash" and "unstable" online to see what other photographer are saying right now.

If you're feeling lucky, here are a couple of tips that might save you from spending hours and hours of frustrating work:

1. Use IPTC tags for each shot so even if Aperture "goes away," the keywords, caption, photographer, copyright, etc. tags are preserved for each shot.

I've been using Aperture on a daily basis since version 1 was released, and still have Aperture 2.1.4 on my system. With both Aperture 1 and 2, I have experienced occasional "library" (database/catalog) corruption. I don't know if Aperture 3 has the same issues but given its current instability, I'd suggest erring on the side of caution.

Aperture has sometimes associated the wrong metadata (captions, keywords, etc.) with some of my shots, as well as the wrong thumbnails.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
At about $170-175, Aperture 3 is the best buy you can make in Mac-only photography software. In one package, you get great image editing tools and world-class organizational capabilities. That's all that most non-pros need.

Aperture is easy to learn and reasonably fast if you have a decent Mac, and its biggest strength is that it allows you to get away from the computer FAST. It doesn't take long at all to import, keyword, and rate my pics, and delete the garbage. From there, Aperture lets you edit your pics very quickly, even in bulk if you want, and it has all the exporting capabilities you could want, including ones for Facebook and Flickr.

Plus, the new brushes are awesome - especially the skin-moothing tool which can freshen up your friends skin in a jiffy. And of course, the much-needed preset feature is fun to play with. The slideshow feature has been enhanced as well, and basically sticks iMovie into Aperture with much-improved exporting options.

My main complaint is that Apple should have been more conservative in listing system requirements. Do not run Aperture 3 unless you have 2 gigs of RAM, and preferably 4. I'm getting by okay with 2, but only after I turn off other programs, widgets, etc. For this reason, I wanted to rate the product 4.5/5 stars but Amazon doesn't give that option.

I've also had nothing but good experiences in terms of customer service. I've gotten help with Aperture inside Apple stores and once even got to speak with an Apple engineer over the phone when the rep couldn't answer a technical question.

The majority of photography enthusiasts don't use 10% of Photoshop's capabilities, and are far better off with Aperture or Lightroom.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The price was great! And the disc and documentation were all in great shape!
Thank you.
Published 5 days ago by mPm
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to produce AWESOME pro looking digital pix...
There is a big Lightroom vs Aperture debate. I am familiar with both but I started with Aperture and so its my go to. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gaston A. Hinostroza
3.0 out of 5 stars Aperture vs. Lightroom: A Detailed Comparison
Aperture vs. Lightroom: A Detailed Comparison

I've used both Aperture and Lightroom for several years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hankk
4.0 out of 5 stars Aperture 2 Warning!
While Aperture 2 is a very good program for professional photographers and/or photo camera buffs, be warned that it is NOT compatible with Apple's Lion OS X. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Archie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not intuitive UI
I used iPhoto for years, until it got corrupted by one of it's own updates. Apple's tech support was unable to help.

I tried both Lightroom and Aperture. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Yak
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow - Clunky - Annoying
After being talked in to using Aperture by our Apple sales rep I was excited as it seemed better than my old workflow using Bridge and Photoshop. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Mcintire
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty advanced
Aperture has great potential, but it's not for a rank amateur. It helps to be an organized individual in the first place, so one can take advantage of the great organizational tool... Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by krystalbird
1.0 out of 5 stars The absolute worst
I simply can't say enough bad things about this software. Has more bugs than a Louisiana swamp.

It's dog slow. Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by William A. Fuller
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for serious editing. Apple please refund my money
Great idea but not for serious editing. If you are thinking about getting this for advanced editing, such as working with brushes, brushing in adjustments in full screen zoom view... Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by GML
1.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooooo Slow!!!!!!!!
It really pains me to say bad things about anything Apple since I've owned two iphones, an imac, macbook, and a macbook pro. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Amazon Addict
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