Apple Announces Aperture 3

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Apple may not be making an appearance at Macworld, but Steve Jobs and crew still managed to announce a new product for the trade show. Apple announced today that Aperture 3 is ready for all those creative cats out there. Aperture 3 is the next major release of Apple’s photo editing and management software—and it boast s over 200 new features including Faces, Places and Brushes.

Apple says that Aperture 3 introduces a new image-refinement tool called Brushes, and Adjustment Presets for applying professional photo effects. The new slideshows let you share and present your work by with photos, audio, text and HD video.

“Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets.”

Aperture 3 is available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for $199. If you’re already an Aperture user you can upgrade for $99. A downloadable 30-day trial version is also available. Aperture 3 runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Full system requirements, online tutorials and more information on Aperture 3 can be found at www.apple.com/aperture.