At a media event today in Manhattan, Apple unveiled Aperture, a new application for Mac that's aimed at professional photographers.
The software, says the Apple web site, is "the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers. Built from the ground up for professionals, Aperture offers an advanced RAW workflow, powerful compare and select tools, nondestructive image processing and versatile printing and publishing." At a glance, Aperture appears to do what it does with a level of polish and elegance rarely seen in software for working shooters. It remains to be seen, however, whether the quality of its processing of digital SLR RAW photos, as well as how it stores and backs up original files and their iterations, is up to the level of the snazzy interface and apparent deep feature set.
The U.S. Apple store lists the software as shipping in 6-8 weeks at US$499 (a press release notes a November 2005 release timeframe). Aperture is expected to be shown in Apple's booth at PhotoPlus Expo, which runs from October 20-22, 2005. The Aperture section of Apple's web site has reams of information, screenshots and QuickTime movies about the software.
The company has also revamped its Powerbook and desktop lines, adding higher-resolution screens to the 15 and 17 inch Powerbook models and dual-core processors to its Power Mac G5 offerings.
Aperture full-screen view (Screenshot courtesy Apple)
Aperture light table view (Screenshot courtesy Apple)
Aperture image management view (Screenshot courtesy Apple)