Apple gets official with Aperture 3

Since the release of the new iPhoto last year, Aperture users have been a little jealous of some of its features, especially the Faces and Places functions. But the envy ends today because the latest Aperture release includes more than 200 new features. The Faces and Places utilities are built on essentially the same engines used by iPhoto, but the featureset for each has been expanded to make it more appealing to pros.

Since the release of the new iPhoto last year, Aperture users have been a little jealous of some of its features, especially the Faces and Places functions. But the envy ends today because the latest Aperture release includes more than 200 new features. The Faces and Places utilities are built on essentially the same engines used by iPhoto, but the featureset for each has been expanded to make it more appealing to pros. Faces allows you to pick out certain people within specific projects and displays and tags faces even if they haven't been identified yet, both features wedding shooters should definitely appreciate.

Like in iPhoto, the Places function reverse geocodes GPS data from tagged photos(the map tiles come from Google, but Apple is doing the actual geocoding). Once the images are displayed on the map, you can drag and drop them into place.

Another useful addition is the Brushes feature, which lets you apply common adjustments like dodging, burning and blurring using a familiar brush interface. Apple says they put a significant amount of time into the edge detection technology, which uses pixel color and luminance values to keep localized adjustments from spilling over into other areas of the photo. If you don't want to brush on your changes, there are dozens of Adjustment Presets that come built into the software. Aperture 3 also lets you create and save your own set of presets with multiple settings. Apple expects pros will eventually begin selling collections of presets to users trying to get a specific look.