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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today released Aperture 3.1, bringing compatibility with the new iLife '11 suite as well as a host of bug fixes and improvements.This update improves overall stability and performance, and addresses compatibility with iLife '11. It also includes a number of specific fixes in the following areas:

- Performance when opening large libraries
- Performance when exporting heavily-adjusted images
- Importing iPhoto Libraries
- Relinking to referenced images after importing an iPhoto Library
- Importing photos and videos from iPhone or iPad
- Upgrading libraries with images containing Spot & Patch adjustments
- Duplicate detection of audio and video files
- Face detection on RAW+JPEG pairs
- Rendering of thumbnails used in Faces view
- Rendering of images scaled to below 100% in Viewer
- Image quality on straightened images
- Applying Red Eye correction
- Rendering thumbnails when reprocessing masters
- Searching libraries containing a large number of keywords
- Applying photos to GPS track paths
- Export of GPS data when using Export Metadata command
- Handling of color profiles in Print dialog when using Loupe
- Applying and removing slideshow Photo Effects
- Slideshows containing video clips
- Tethered capture
- Library database reliability
- Library repair
- Updating vaults

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.Full details are available in the release notes for the update. Aperture 3.1 weighs in at 357.55 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or Mac OS X 10.6.2 or later.

Article Link: Aperture 3.1 Released to Support iLife '11


macrumors newbie
Oct 20, 2010
Reviewing the release notes, this appears to be an excellent update, correcting many issues that I've run into since using Aperture 3. Many thanks.

I'm now enviously looking at some of the print improvements in iPhoto. It'd be nice to see some mid-release enhancements like the old days of Aperture. Lens correction and better native NR would be oh so welcome.


macrumors newbie
Jul 28, 2010
Another fix?

To my cursory examination, it appears Apple has now finally fixed a problem where the photos in Aperture libraries could not be displayed chronologically on the iPhone. This, if it bears out, is excellent news.


macrumors 68000
Jan 12, 2006
Leeds, UK
I'm glad they threw a bone to us Flickr/Facebook users.. The good integration in iPhoto was making me envious..

Now Aperture syncs both ways painlessly I think I wont bother upgrading iLife. :D


macrumors regular
Aug 21, 2007
Repoblikan'i Madagasikara

I updated last night, Aperture updated the library to the current version, thank God it wasn't as problematic and long as switching form Aperture 2 to Aperture 3!

I am not sure if I see increase in performance, though. I wonder if they put the list of issues resolved just to entice everyone or they really implement them... :)


macrumors newbie
Oct 20, 2010
I am not sure if I see increase in performance, though. I wonder if they put the list of issues resolved just to entice everyone or they really implement them... :)

I'm seeing substantial improvements in speed across the board - navigation, import, export (way faster), adjustments, brushes, zooming, etc. It really is MUCH faster everywhere, and the laundry list of bug fixes is showing to be true as well.

I did a library repair after the conversion to the 3.1 library and a permission repair in Disk Utility. I'm not sure this is needed, but always do such after significant updates.


macrumors newbie
Oct 20, 2010
Anyone tried Facebook exporting? Is it using larger photo sizes now?

Yes, the FB sharing tool now posts at 720, but it also supports FB's new 2048 hi-rez download too. This should work well when they update the website to the newly announced photo viewer.

I've done some testing using various exports vs. sharing in 3.1, and the quality seems to be much better, in-line with the increased file sizes. It definitely appears that they are optimizing the export to work better with the API. My manual exports uploaded via the web tool are marginally sharper, but the color and contrast appear about spot on. The sharpness advantage of the manual export is now so slight, that I'm going back to using the automated sharing.

Overall, FB is doing a better job with photos after the recent updates at the beginning of October.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 14, 2008
This update wasn't enough for my 2008 Alu MacBook, I swapped back down to iPhoto since it is just snappier. Keeping Aperture installed to do editing


macrumors regular
Jun 21, 2008

Aperture 3 is now finally usable. It's not fast but it was really impossible to use it on projects where quick turnaround was an issue. Both from an editing and exporting point of view.

Really improved. I hope they make Aperture 4 mainly a speed update.. once it comes in 2012 or so..


macrumors 65816
Aug 18, 2005
Having real issues when syncing the aperture library to iTunes for putting albums onto my iPad and iPhone. It comes up without the option to select albums, and with no photos, thus deleting all photos that were already synced.

I've tried every thing to bring them back, switching libraries, trashing preferences, rebuild and repairing the data base, trashing the ipod cache, and so, but no one thi appears to fix it permanently, as it comes back.

Even after it's 'fixed', it can refuse to propagate/communicate changes made in the aperture library to the sync within iTunes.

For a 'pro' app, this is so unreliable.

Started happening on the 3.1 update.
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