Aperture 3, Apple's prosumer photo manipulation and management tool, is unleashed!
With the tag line 'Taking photos. Further.' -- complete with punchy period and Web 2.0 reflection! -- this new release definitely pushes the envelope on sub-$200 'prosumer' software. If you got a new digital camera this Christmas and you're looking to take your photos further, Aperture 3 is aimed at you.
Aperture, if you're new to Mac, is iPhoto's big brother. It's not quite Photoshop, but then it's a damn sight more feature-complete than MS Paint, too. Aperture 3 is almost everything you need to tweak and organize photos. Along with the usual stuff like messing with the white balance, applying filters and creating albums, there's a lot of new, neat features too. Face recongition and geotagging (and the organization thereof) are the two main 'contemporary' additions, while some nice new brushes are great for touching up photos. It's well worth hitting up Apple's page for a complete list of the new features in Aperture 3, because there are a lot.
The only bad news is that the full version costs $200 (the upgrade is $99). Still, if you've invested in a good digital camera, and you own a Mac, Aperture 3 will be a sound investment.