Apple Releases Aperture 3.3.1 Update

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Apple has just released a huge Aperture update, now v3.3.1 via Software Update and through its support site. The huge 528.37MB fixes a rare issue where Aperture hangs or quits unexpectedly when Aperture libraries are upgrading. Amongst other things the update also provides a new unified photo library for both iPhoto and Aperture where no import or export is required for Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing. More details after the jump.

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About Aperture 3.3.1

What’s New in Aperture 3.3.1

  • Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause Aperture to hang or quit unexpectedly when upgrading libraries.

Included in Aperture 3.3

  • New unified photo library for both iPhoto (v 9.3 or later) and Aperture; no import/export required; Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing work across both applications
  • Support for AVCHD video has been added
  • Aperture now lets you use camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files immediately after import
  • Highlights & Shadows tool has been updated to deliver higher-quality results and work with extended range data
  • A new Auto Enhance button has been added to the Adjustments panel
  • White Balance tool now includes Skin Tone and Natural Gray modes to simplify color balance
  • Auto button has been added to the White Balance tool for one-click color balancing
  • Set Desktop command has been added to Share menu so you can set a desktop background from within Aperture
  • A new Manual option allows you to drag and drop projects to customize sort order in the Projects view
  • New preference allows you to set the background brightness of the full screen browser
  • Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe albums are now displayed as thumbnails in the main window when accounts are selected in the source list
  • Minor terminology changes, including “Original” instead of “Master” and “Info” instead of “Metadata”
  • Source list includes a new “Recent” section, showing Last Import and recently-viewed projects
  • Raw Fine Tuning is no longer displayed in the Adjustments panel by default
  • Faces can now be named by dragging them from the Unnamed Faces browser to existing snapshots on the corkboard
  • The Faces corkboard now includes a menu that allows you to set the order of face snapshots
  • Newly designed monochrome source list and toolbar icons
  • Addresses numerous issues related to overall performance and stability
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The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

I use Aperture exclusively to organize, manage and post-process all my photos. The integration with Facebook and Flickr is great although I’d love a little more control over watermarking. This is a welcomed update, though.

Any other Aperture users out there?

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