Apple Aperture X In the Works?

Apple Aperture X

About the only comment I hear lately concerning Apple’s Aperture 3 is the lack of any meaningful update in recent memory. However, recent book listing on Amazon Canada may give a spark of hope to Aperture users dying for an update though.

Apple Aperture X: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers by Ken McMahon and Nik Rawlinson surfaced on Amazon Canada’s site. McMahon and Rawlinson are the same guys who co-authored Apple Aperture 3: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers.

The “Aperture X” name meshes with Apple’s naming scheme for its latest pro video editing software – Final Cut Pro X – which skipped versions 8 and 9 and jumped right to 10 (or, X).

Aperture 3 launched on February 9, 2010, which puts us very close to the 3-year anniversary of the pro-level image editing software – an eternity for software updates these days.

Any Aperture 3 users out there holding out for the next iteration? What features are must haves and what’s on your wish list?

[via PetaPixel]



  1. Darren says

    Apple is no longer a pro software/hardware company, but rather a consumer electronics company. FCP X and the lack of any meaningful MacPro updates for close to 2 years demonstrates that.

    The lack of upgrades to Aperture or an X type upgrade would be in line with their current philosophy

  2. says

    Aperture had a dozen free updates this year, but people still whine that Apple abandoned it. Go figure.

    The truth is that Aperture has been a very reliable digital asset manager and it works just fine. It’s faster than Lightroom on the same computer, though both are very capable programs. I’d like to see Aperture step up it’s noise reduction and Highlight/Shadow tools. Lens correction and Gradient tools would also be nice. However, the truth is that I don’t have a large wishlist for Aperture. I’m just curious to see what comes next.

  3. Hartmut Kocher says

    Number one is lens correction. And a better interface to tools like Nik, so they can directly access the raw data without going thru tiff.

    i wish, they’d buy Dxo and integrate it with Aperture.

  4. says

    FYI, Apple releases Aperture updates as new cameras (and new RAW formats) hit the marketplace.

    I have been using Aperture since v2 and there’s one feature that truly proves the professional strength of the software — referenced master files. I have more than 45,000 images in my Aperture database and as long as my external drives are attached to my 2007 Macbook Pro, I can modify any image without bringing my system to its knees.

    Keyword searches and selections are incredibly fast because my 250 GB of RAW and JPG files are not stored inside the Aperture library.

    I agree with Hartmut about the Nik integration, but I would like to see better integration with tools such as OnOne Perfect Suite — at least Nik returns to Aperture with the modified file already imported into Aperture. With OnOne and other plug ins, you can launch the Plug In but when the processing is finished, you have to import the modified image.

    This is unlike Photoshop where OnOne plug ins, for example, modify a new layer and return to the Photoshop interface.

  5. Oleg says

    “Dear Users,
    As you may have heard, Nik Software was recently acquired by Google Inc”
    So you can forget about better integration Nik and Aperture X.