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October 19, 2005

Aperture

In the "cool digital photography junk" department, Apple has released a new product in their pro software line, Aperture. It looks very cool, and satisfies a lot of desires I've had when working with digital images.

It's worth noting that this is not a replacement for Photoshop (well... not if you do anything more advanced than white balancing and levels adjustments). Probably the best way to describe it is iPhoto on steroids. For people like me coming from a film background, Aperture is a lot more like working with negatives and slides than any of the awful browsers Adobe has tried to tack on to Photoshop. It also has the advantage of working in RAW natively, not requiring that pesky conversion step Photoshop requires.

Aperture is more a companion to Photoshop than a replacement; really, what it replaces are tools like iView, which I found so useless that I had started writing something similar to Aperture. As much as I'd love to get my hands on a copy, it ain't in my budget -- I'd have to upgrade my desktop Mac first as it's using modern technologies mine lacks.

Even if you don't own a Mac or a digital camera, it's worth checking out the "Quick Tour" video of Powerful Select and Compare Tools just to see The Ugliest Bridesmaids Dresses Ever. I'm seriously not kidding.

They may make you vomit. Or gouge your eyes out with rusty spoons.

Posted by Colin at October 19, 2005 12:14 PM

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