Now that Leopard, the new cat from Cupertino, is out, what’s the next, next thing for Aperture?
Well, quickly following its feline footstep is a new version of Aperture. Aperture is now version 1.5.6. According to the Apple website, this downloadable 130 MB update which has been released today, addresses issues related to performance, improves overall stability, and supports compatibility with Mac OS X v10.5. And that means, Leopard.
Actually, an Aperture update is long overdue. Photographers who have been using Aperture, as is in-step with its development phases, can actually somehow feel if an update is in the offing.
Here’s a speculation of one photographer prior to the announcement of the Aperture v1.5.6 update:
I can almost smell it in the air. And it smells ripe. A new version of Aperture may be inevitable. Soon. Very soon. Of course, I am speculating. Wildly at that. There may be nothing to any of these. And I hope you will forgive me. Partly, I’m excited (of which I may be attaching too much importance, credit or relevance) at two of the most recent events in the industry, the recently-concluded Photo+Plus in New York City, and the official release of Apple’s most-advanced operating system for the Mac, the Leopard.
Leopard’s amazing desktop and interface style is the new framework for Aperture.
Like me, were you not half-hoping, half-wishing and half-expecting that a new version of Aperture will be launched at the recently concluded PDN’s Photo+Plus in New York? And were you not also half-hoping, half-wishing and half-expecting that a new version of Aperture, or at least, even a “compatibility” update, will come your way in light of Leopard’s official release?
Well, it did happen. And now, we explore.
The last time there was some sort of an update that somehow involved Aperture (but maybe only in a minor sort of way) was when Apple released the Pro Application Support 4.0.2 in September 6, 2007, an update that addresses issues with keyboard interface reliability for Apple’s professional applications. This was after the freeware “Aperture to Final Cut Pro 1.0″ was introduced in April 9, 2007, that allows users to create FCP sequences straight from within Aperture.
And the last, last time something really major that happened to Aperture was more than 8 months ago, last Feburary 22, 2007, when Aperture became version 1.5.2. According to the Apple website, this version “sets the standard for professional photo management applications” and it works and manage photos of any type such as JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PDF, including a lot of the proprietary RAW. It was a whooping 136 MB upgrade.
Since Aperture’s introduction, not including the numerous professional applications and operating system supports, here’s what, historically, has happened so far:
- December 23, 2005 - Aperture 1.0.1 Update: Addresses a number of issues related to reliability and performance. (11.4 MB)
- April 13, 2006 - Aperture 1.1 Update: Delivers new feature enhancements and addresses issues related to overall reliability, performance, and compatibility. (35 MB)
- May 04, 2006 - Aperture 1.1.1 Update: This update addresses several issues related to performance, stability, color correction, and display compatibility, and is recommended for all Aperture users. (13.6 MB)
- June 21, 2006 - Aperture 1.1.2 Update: Addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance. This update is recommended for all Aperture users. (13.6 MB)
- November 02, 2006 - Aperture 1.5.1 Update: Addresses numerous issues related to overall reliability and performance in all areas of the application. (125 MB)
- December 11, 2006 - Aperture 1.5.2 Update: Addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance. (131 MB)
- February 22, 2007 - Aperture 1.5.2: Sets the standard for professional photo management applications. Work with and manage photos of any type. RAW, JPEG, or TIFF. (136 MB)
- October 26, 2007 - Aperture 1.5.6 Update: Addresses issues related to performance, improves overall stability, and supports compatibility with Mac OS X v.10.5. This update is recommended for all Aperture users. (130 MB)
Throughout its developmental iteration, a number of 3rd-party developers eagerly took advantage of Aperture’s extensibility by creating their own mostly free API plug-ins. Companies such as GettyImages, DigitalFusion, Digital Railroad, ExpressDigital, Flickr, iStockphoto, PhotoShelter, Pictage, SoundSlide, GlobalEdit, among others, has offered plug-ins that allow photographer to interact with their preferred services directly from Aperture. Likewise, developers from Apple and outside Apple developed all sorts of surprisingly useful, practical and functional free AppleScript and Automator actions that further refined and enhanced the usability and functionality of Aperture. Expectedly, more plug-ins and actions are being developed.
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