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Aperture 2.1 incorporating a Powerful Image Editing Plug-In Architecture released by Apple

Aperture 2.1

Apple has rolled out Aperture 2.1, which brings in an open plug-in architecture simplifying the job for photographers to use specialized third party imaging software right from within Aperture. Available right away as a free software update to all existing Aperture 2.0 users, Aperture 2.1 incorporates Dodge & Burn, the Apple-built plug-in that adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur.

Furthermore, in the next three months’ time, third party software developers will build up image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.

Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing said, “The image quality in Aperture 2 has won over the most demanding photographers.” Adding, “Now, thanks to our open plug-in architecture, users can access an entire industry’s worth of imaging expertise without ever leaving Aperture.”

“To date, maybe two percent of my photographs needed to be touched up outside Aperture,” mentioned John Stanmeyer, founding member of the VII Photo Agency and contributing photographer for Time and National Geographic magazines. “Now that I can dodge and burn right within Aperture’s new plug-in, I can’t imagine when I’ll have to open any other application to tone my images.”

Users can choose from a menu of installed plug-ins and apply specialized imaging operations to either TIFF or RAW images by simply clicking on one or more images within Aperture. At present, Apple is working closely with key developers to bring significant plug-ins to Aperture, which include the following:

  • Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in, powered by U Point technology, which offers a powerful, accurate and easy way for photographers to selectively control and adjust color and light in their digital images
  • PictureCode’s Noise Ninja plug-in that delivers enhanced high ISO noise analysis and reduction
  • Digital Film Tools’ Power Stroke plug-in that features a simple, stroke-based interface to quickly mask and intuitively perform targeted adjustments
  • The Tiffen Company’s Dfx plug-in that provides an expansive suite of creative filters and effects
  • dvGarage’s dpMatte plug-in, which is a high performance chroma key tool for creating seamless composites, and the HDRtoner plug-in that enables the selection of multiple photos to create a single high dynamic range (HDR) image
  • Image Trends’ plug-ins that include Fisheye-Hemi to quickly and easily correct fisheye lens distortion, ShineOff which automatically removes shine from faces and PearlyWhites that automatically whitens and brightens teeth