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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:34 PM   #1
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Aperture 1.1 Universal Update? $200 Price Drop?

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Apple's Hot News Feed reveals that Apple appears to be releasing Aperture 1.1 on April 13th. The news appeared on their RSS feed this evening with the following description:

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Aperture 1.1, a significant update to the revolutionary all-in-one post production tool for photographers, runs natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. The update features dramatically improved RAW image rendering and a new set of advanced RAW adjustment controls. Likewise, it delivers impressive speed gains on any Mac. At a new lower price of $299, Aperture is within reach of anyone shooting with a digital SLR camera. [Apr 13, 2006]

- Apple Hot News 4/13/06 8:30 AM
The description simply links to Apple's Aperture page which offers a Aperture 1.1 description

New features include:

- Improved RAW Image Quality
- RAW Fine Tuning
- Auto Noise Compensation
- New Color Meter
- Enhanced Export Controls
- Universal Binary support
- Other Improvements

The new price $299 represents a $200 drop from the previous retail price ($499).
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:39 PM   #2
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I guess that the people who paid $499 might be a little ticked off, if the price really does drop by $200.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:39 PM   #3
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Apple penalizes early adopters (e.g., beta testers) of their software by doing this kind of thing. I hope purchasers of the first version will get a free upgrade.
They are still listing Aperature 1.0 on the website for $499.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:40 PM   #4
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I guess that the people who paid $499 might be a little ticked off, if the price really does drop by $200.
Yea that is what it said in RSS Feed...me and him saw it like the same time lol
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:43 PM   #5
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The $200 price drop will make Aperture a much better competitor now.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:44 PM   #6
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I personally thought Aperture was pretty overpriced for what it was. A $200 price makes it ALOT easier to swollow. I might just pick up a copy now.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:45 PM   #7
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I hope the price drop is a result of competition from Adobe LightRoom.. I've tried light room and I find it pretty impressive.

I'd be interested in the price comparison between the two.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:46 PM   #8
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Apple has already changed the newsfeed removing any reference to price.

Tell me Apple doesn't peek in here.
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:54 PM   #9
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Did I once hear correctly that Aperture has some pretty hefty hardware requirements to run effectively? My brother, a died-in-the-wool Windows user (and heavy duty photographer) is starting to turn some attention towards the Intel Macs now that Boot Camp and the VT options are making the rounds. But, he's not going to go any further than a Mini to begin with. I think he would fall in love with this program, though.

Do you think Aperture will run worth a hoot on a Mini, or just look too bloated? I understand LightBox has much lighter hardware requirements to run smoothly. Heck, even if that's so, he might be inclined to get a Mini just to run that (since it's going to be Mac only at first). Then he'll *have* to work with OS X a bit and learn how much nicer it is.
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Sounds like great news to me. Now if they could find a way to make an affordable Remote Desktop 3 for the masses, I would be set
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Did I once hear correctly that Aperture has some pretty hefty hardware requirements to run effectively? My brother, a died-in-the-wool Windows user (and heavy duty photographer) is starting to turn some attention towards the Intel Macs now that Boot Camp and the VT options are making the rounds. But, he's not going to go any further than a Mini to begin with. I think he would fall in love with this program, though.

Do you think Aperture will run worth a hoot on a Mini, or just look too bloated? I understand LightBox has much lighter hardware requirements to run smoothly. Heck, even if that's so, he might be inclined to get a Mini just to run that (since it's going to be Mac only at first). Then he'll *have* to work with OS X a bit and learn how much nicer it is.
Aperture ean fine on a Powerbook G4, new dual core minis will be just fine with it....Lightbox has lighter requirements, but was more sluggish on my Dual 2.0 G5...once you get lots of images in the library it slowed WAY down and never ran very smooth.....
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:06 AM   #12
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If the price drops 200 bucks that would make the edu price a steal! I'm there.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:07 AM   #13
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$500 was terrible

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Apple has already changed the newsfeed removing any reference to price.
Tell me Apple doesn't peek in here.
$500 for Aperture is waaaay too much. It's was not worth it.
Something between $200 and $300 looks more reasonable, especially with Adobe coming in.
Adobe, please come with Lightroom and $150 price tag!
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:10 AM   #15
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I agree that the price drop is more than welcome. I was quite surprised to see it so high when it was introduced.

Does Apple know something about a competing Adobe product that we don't?
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Thanks for the $200, Adobe
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:17 AM   #17
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Price drop and new features sound good to me.

I just heard somebody say that Aperture will run fine on a Powerbook G4. Is that true? I thought it required a G5 and even ran slow on some G5s. I downloaded a program that Apple had to see if my system could handle Aperture and it said "no". Anyways with performance improvements maybe it could. It would be nice to try it, maybe i'd switch from iPhoto, but only if it was faster than iPhoto...
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:17 AM   #18
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for the professionals out there like myself

this is a blessing, and a total outrage.

great that its going universal for those who use intels.

but..


for myself, i purchased 3 copies of aperture to use in various locations. At 499 each, thats a hefty sum. To have the price go down 200.00 after just one release...it is a real kick in the pants. I think all those who have purchased it and incorperated it into their workflows already, will be quite angered by this news.

i have aperture on a 12 and 15" powerbooks...run ok..not great..but it will work. For the 12 inch you have to download a hack..which was incredibly simple to do once u find it.

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:19 AM   #19
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:29 AM   #20
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price drops

Only buy things that you feel are worth it. If the price drops it is just cheaper the next time you buy it or upgrade. You bought it at $499 because you thought it was worth $499. Dont complain now that it is cheaper.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:29 AM   #21
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I'm guessing the EDU version will now be $200. I WANT it to be $150, that would be great!

Either way, those early adopters will be mad, understandably. Hopefully Apple can give them a next free upgrade or something. I can't wait to see the new RAW conversion, and to pick me up a copy of the EDU vers!
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for myself, i purchased 3 copies of aperture to use in various locations. At 499 each, thats a hefty sum. To have the price go down 200.00 after just one release...it is a real kick in the pants. I think all those who have purchased it and incorperated it into their workflows already, will be quite angered by this news.
*sigh* Was $499 worth it for you? It must have been, given that you purchased 3 copies. So why are you ticked off that the price drops by $200 later on?

If it wasn't worth the $499, then you wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) have paid for it. IMHO, you got exactly what you paid for, and you knew how much it cost, so why should you be angry? Sure, it would've been nice to have the extra $200, but it's nothing to get "angered" about.
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for myself, i purchased 3 copies of aperture to use in various locations. At 499 each, thats a hefty sum. To have the price go down 200.00 after just one release...it is a real kick in the pants. I think all those who have purchased it and incorperated it into their workflows already, will be quite angered by this news.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:31 AM   #24
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for the professionals out there like myself

this is a blessing, and a total outrage.

great that its going universal for those who use intels.

but..


for myself, i purchased 3 copies of aperture to use in various locations. At 499 each, thats a hefty sum. To have the price go down 200.00 after just one release...it is a real kick in the pants. I think all those who have purchased it and incorperated it into their workflows already, will be quite angered by this news.
I totally agree - I bought Aperture at the $499 price because I had 25,000 photos in iPhoto 5 and it was choking - only to find that Aperture was really Beta software, with poor RAW conversion and sometimes quite beach-ball-y. LightRoom was/is better in many respects and was FREE to try. Now they are lowering the price by $200!! I really will think 2 or 3 times before buying new software from Apple in the future.

Apple Thinks Different: Beta Testers wanted - you pay $200 more than what the software will eventually cost to find bugs for us. Sheesh!

I WILL be asking for a rebate.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:32 AM   #25
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Sounds like a great update, and at 200 bucks this is a much safer purchase.

I'd love 2.0 to give Adobe a serious run for their money in Photoshop. Any app that takes that long to load, is so hard to learn, and in general is so cumbersome, is just _screaming_ for Apple to simplify.
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