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    Aperture 3.3 - some nice new features

    For those who aren't aware, Aperture 3 just had an incremental update to 3.3

    The big things for me are the merging of libraries (iPhoto and Aperture) and the support for AVCHD but a think a lot of beginners may like some of the auto white balance. As opposed to the standard grey card option, they now have a skin tone option the allows you to select a person's skin and Aperture will adjust the white balance based on skin colour. Its obviously not perfect but some of the test's I did have been pretty decent and it seems to get them spot on compared to my grey card.

    Here are the additional features:


    • 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 - This is definitely an improvement
    • 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 - this is actually really handy for those who are just getting to grips with white balances and some of the issues created by artificial light with auto white balances.
    • 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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    sounds good, main improve ment for me would be with ovreall performance and stability... i will have to dowload the update tonight.

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    The lack of AVCHD support in previous versions bugged the crap out of me because I have a waterproof Sony T1 that I had to constantly convert files prior to importing and it made it a mess to keep my SD card clean and prevent duplication.

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