Nearly a year and a half after the company first broke into the professional photography market with its editing suite, a new version was released. Apple says about 100 new features are included in this latest release, as well as performance enhancements and a new image processing engine. Additionally, it has dropped the price by $100 to $199.
The company is likely hoping to expand the reach of Aperture beyond the professional market. Competitor Adobe offers its Lightroom product for $299, so the move could be seen as a shot across the bow in expanding its market share.
Cupertino certainly has a long way to go if recent market share data is any indication. Among professionals it only holds a 6.5 percent market share, while Lightroom holds a 23.6 percent share.
A new user interface has been developed for this release, which adds new keyboard shortcuts and a tabbed inspector panel. Some organizational features have been borrowed from iPhoto, including an Events-like viewer to quickly scan through projects.
Performance enhancements allow for quick navigation through images in a library, and images can be exported in the background to allow for simultaneous work on several projects.
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