Apple Releases Aperture 1.5

Aperture 1.5 is a new post production tool for photographers that works with iLife 06 and iWork 06 software programs. It will support XMP metadata and offers an export API that will allow photographers to use Aperture with third party applications and services.

“Aperture has given photographers around the globe the confidence to work in exciting new ways,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “Now with Aperture 1.5, we’ve opened the library and extended the workflow to provide a solution that is as flexible as it is powerful.”

Aperture 1.5 dramatically streamlines the process of adding metadata to photo shoots with new pre-filled IPTC Metadata Presets. Captions, credits and other critical metadata that photographers rely on can be added on import automatically or via a batch process at any point in the workflow. Another major enhancement to metadata support within Aperture is the ability to export RAW images with IPTC data stored in XMP sidecar files for easy use with other applications like Adobe Photoshop and even the ability to generate XMP files automatically through AppleScript.

Apple will be selling Aperture 1.5 beginning this week for $299 dollars available their the Apple Store, and authorized resellers. Click here to view more information about Aperture 1.5.