Apple releases Aperture 2.1

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sblasl, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. juanm macrumors 65832


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    YES!!! I was about to buy it for Photoshop. Now I can dump Nikon Capture!!!
  2. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Wow, a pretty impressive update for a ".1" release... can't wait to try out the Dodge/Burn plugin. Looks like it's time for me to bring the old Wacom tablet back out of the closet.

    Being able to specify the default adjustment set will be very nice.

    Plus, I was disappointed that you couldn't go further with the vignette tool... so, it's great that they expanded it's range of settings.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Should I quickly jump ship from Lightroom? Dang!

    Actually, I'm OK with Nikon Capture NX, PS, and Lightroom. I guess it would be cool to try Aperture 2. I really didn't like Aperture 1.x
  4. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Now I feel like aperture is a lightroom and photoshop replacement.

    It is by no means a full photoshop replacement, and if you do the more powerful and in depth photoshop tools aperture is no replacement. But with a plug-in architecture I can see Aperture as a good replacement for most people.
  6. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    Does Aperture still only export to .mac? I couldn't find anything in regard to this.
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Aperture can use "export plug-ins". There are many of these available. In fact every major photo web site seems to have an Aperture plug in. Also it is easy to write your own as Apple has a development kit with sample export plg ins that can be modified.

    Of couse you can always export to the desktop or a folder and from there put the photos any place you want.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I don't think I like the way the plug-ins work. Apple should have insisted that they be non-destructive. But now, because they do change pixels what happens if I want to use two plug-in effects on an image? Say I do the noise reduction followed by dodge/burn and then deside to go back and change the setting on the noise reduction. I loose all my dodge/burn adjustments and have to re-do them.

    Destructive plug ins are not as usfull as people are thinking. The system that Photoshop has is much better where you stack layers, at any time you can go back and re-work just one layer.

    It did not have to be this way. I can think of a plug-in API that would allow for non-destructive adjustmants. Basically the plug in would return a multi-chanel mask and a "call back" that would apply the mask to the raw image. The user's brush strokes woud be preserved in the mask rather then in a versioned image. Non-destructive plug ins were technicaly possable
  9. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    The cool new templates only go to .Mac but you can still export more basic web galleries to a desktop folder that you simply drag onto your server and everything works wonderfully.
  10. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    what's the feedback of Aperture 2.0 (2.1 now). Is it worth upgrading from 1.5? I haven't even played around with 2.0 so just wondering what people's general impression is.
  11. sblasl thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2004
    Heber Springs, AR
    "Apple has also posted a nice tutorial video outlining the use of their pre-packaged Dodge and Burn plugin. If you have already done the upgrade to 2.1 you can try out the plugin for yourself by selecting an image, and then choosing Images->Edit With->Dodge and Burn.

    This plugin will allow you to make selective area adjustments to your images using a specialized dialog box. Once you click save, your image will be saved as a new TIFF file and stacked along with its original Master image."

  12. sleepingworker macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2003
    Manhattan, NY
    OT ... your Avatar just gave me the shivers ... Imus looks like the walking dead.

    On topic, I just wish my PB could run Aperture. One of the things to look forward to when I update to a MBP.
  13. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    Any updates on RAW support? I would love for Aperture to support Sigma cameras, especially since I've been using the DP-1 over the past week (lovely compact camera).
  14. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    You can download a demo and try for yourself, if you like?
  15. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Absolutely worth it, specially if you have a large library. Even more if you work on a laptop.

    The preview mode is lightening fast which allows me to very quickly go through a project with 1000+ images in my "first pass" to delete, stack and rate images for the next more in depth pass.
    If you're on a small screen (I use Aperture on a 15" MacBook Pro), you'll appreciate the new cleanliness of the interface. Grouping the Projects, Metadata and Adjustments in one tabbed structure saves tons of screen real estate. I rarely (never?) need them all open at once. Hitting "W" cycles through them.

    I couldn't go back to Aperture 1 now that I've upgraded. That's a good indicator that it was worth the upgrade.
  16. orangermac macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2007

    I too was thinking of buying Aperture for these abilities, but that was when I thought they were non-destructive, like the clone tools. This would be a killer feature. Unfortunately, baking changes works against the greatest strength of these new bread of photo programs. :(

    I'm really looking forward to barrel and pincushion distortion correction. Hope Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW get this soon.

    Both Aperture and Lightroom already allow us to make virtual copies of images. What would be great is if there were a way to define a feathered vector path that will allow one to blend two virtual copies on either side. of the path. That wouldn't be much extra data for the recipe... a bit longer to preview, but the cahced version could still come up quickly...
  17. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2007
    I like it A LOT better than 1.5. It's much easier to use now,the interface is better, and the basic editing tools are improved. Two thumbs up for this upgrade!
  18. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
  19. RoDe macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2006
    I'm really amazed, this super news, way to go apple.
  20. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    According to the article the OP linked to:

    "Starting sometime in the next few weeks, Apple will be making the final version of the SDK available to a wider group (interested developers can email Apple at"
  21. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Yes it does work against Aperure's greatest strength. I'm surprized at Apple's implementation. There was no technical reason that forcedd it to be this way. But on the other had these plug-ins work no worse than "round tripping" to Photoshop. That s destructive too.
  22. Michael73 macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    Near Beer

    I'm really torn about the wholle plug-in thing. On one hand this is great but on the other it moves Aperture farther away from what it's really designed to be IMHO which is a photo management tool. Sure it's always had some basic photo post-production functions but the addition of plug-ins moves this closer to photo management / true post-production tool. The problem is that they may be trying to bolt on too many pieces. The other is cost. If each of the plug-ins are sold seperately and you begin to drop $120 here and $79 there, pretty soon wouldn't you be better off just buying the real deal and getting Photoshop. Or, at even a fraction of the cost why not get the new Elements 6 for the price of less than 1 plug-in?!?
  23. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I don't see any mention of fixing how Aperture plays with Time Machine. I know they worked around the original problem where the two would conflict and damage your library, but they did it rather coarsely. The library is now excluded from backups while Aperture is running, then I get a 160GB sync when I close Aperture down.

    Apple really needs to get these to play together more nicely. Vaults are too cumbersome when Time Machine has made backups of all my far less important data so wonderfully painless.

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