Developer: Apple

Current Version: 3.6

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 558.7 MB - Download


When Photos for OS X is available this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store.

Aperture combines the control and speed pros want for demanding photo tasks with the easy learning curve iPhoto users need to step up to an advanced photo tool. It has been fully optimized for the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro, letting you browse and edit high-resolution images with remarkable clarity and resolution. And with a new unified photo library, you can now move seamlessly from iPhoto to Aperture —  and back — without having to import, export, or reprocess your photos. Aperture is packed with innovative adjustment tools to refine your images, including a revolutionary Auto White Balance that uses skin tones to correct color casts, and a professional Auto Enhance that applies Exposure, Vibrancy, Curves, and more with a single click. It also includes powerful Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of your photo, and dozens of ready-to-use professional photo Effects. You can share your photos directly to Facebook, Flickr and SmugMug and add them to shared photo streams using iCloud. You can also showcase your best work as an impressive coffee table-style photo book or as stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text, and HD video.   

Fully optimized for Retina display

• Optimized Viewer allows you to see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy

• Displays razor-sharp thumbnails in Browser

Aperture and iPhoto Unified Library

• Share one photo library across both applications

• No need to import, export, or reprocess photos from one app to the other

• Faces, Places, albums, web sharing, and more work with both applications

• Adjustments done in either app are non-destructive and visible in the other

Organize photos using Faces and Places 

• Use face detection and recognition to organize your photos by the people in them 

• Explore photos based on where you took them, using robust GPS support 

• Drag photos to an interactive map to add location data easily 

Perfect images with Brushes and Effects

• Retouch photos nondestructively using edge-aware brushes 

• Handle the most common touch-up tasks with a set of 10 Quick Brushes 

• Choose from dozens of ready-to-use effects or create and share your own effects 

• See results of any effect in a live preview window before applying it to an image

Create stunning multimedia slideshows 

• Use professionally designed themes to weave together photos and HD video clips 

• Add text to slides using your choice of fonts, styles, and colors 

• Build a layered soundtrack with location audio clips and music tracks 

Share photos with built-in iCloud support

• View and automatically import recent photos taken on your iOS devices
• Automatically send newly-imported photos to all your iOS devices
• Post photos and videos to other people’s shared photo streams, or create your own streams to share with friends and family
• View and add comments and “likes” to photos and videos in any shared stream


Release Notes:

• This update addresses compatibility with OS X Yosemite and stability improvements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.6
Review by Descarte7

Very dissapointed in Apple - I chose apperture over photoshop years ago. It meets all my needs. Functionality is great, interface is clear. It is irrisponsible of Apple to just abandon this app without helping long term useers who have supported apple all these years transition to something else (either making a deal with Adobe???). Very very disappointed!!! Makes me concerned about supporting other Apple apps such as pages, numbers etc. Thinking of moving back to Microsoft to avoid being dissapointed by Apple again.

Found helpful by 379 out of 416 people
Version 3.6
Review by bonham417

Terrible, plus a total rip off - This new version of Aperture if absolutely horrible. It is a stripped down version of the older Aperture program. Fewer adjustments, functionality is spotty at best. The worst part about it is if you had any photos in the old version and you upgrade to the Yosemite operating system you are screwed. You cant open the old Aperture with Yosemite so to be able to even access your photos Apple forces you to buy this version. Thanks for the forced rip off Apple. You tricked me into having to buy a sub par program just to get to my own photos. If I was just rating the program alone, it might get two or three stars but the whole experience of upgrading to this poor excuse of an editing program makes me wish I could give it negative stars. Thoroughly dissapointed.

Found helpful by 307 out of 347 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.6
Review by Susea624

THIS is... - terrible news. Aperture is one of the best of the best edit programs out there. I am a photographer and edit junkie and own at least 5 different programs for editing. My GO TO program is Aperture. It does such an amazing job and it is a rather simple program to use but with results that the bigger and more difficlt programs have. If there is something not in this program, THEN i will delve into the other edit programs i have and add itin there, but a good 95% of my editing takes place in Aperture. I hope you will reconsider your plans to dump Aperture as i continue to tell everyone how awesome it is! Thanks for allowing my 2 cents on this! PS. You will have one VERRRRRY angry customer if it is true that the new launch is a lesser program than the original, and that my Original Aperture program will not open and my photos will be lost when the new roll out occurs in the spring. My rating of 5 stars is for the original program.

Found helpful by 94 out of 96 people
Version 3.6
Review by Roberto Cespedes

It was great - I hate Adobe. Thanks for abandoning this app after years of waiting for an update. What else are you gonna abandon? Logic? Final Cut?

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 3.6
Review by Uncle Sam 75

Best pro photo editing out there. - As a professional photographer I could not perform my job without Aperture. Easy to use, fast and precise, it is considered n industry standard. For all the confused people out there, Apple is stopping updating Aperture but never mention removing it from Apple catalog. Apple is already released a press release that Aperture will work in OS X 11 Yosemite! Thanks Apple for the best pro photo app out there.

Found helpful by 81 out of 95 people
Version 3.6
Review by Stuke

PLEASE SAVE APERTURE! - Please do not discontinue Aperture. Photos for OSX will be nothing like it…I’m willing to bet you will make it ‘consumer’ friendly and complicate the iCloud Photo whatever with the hard drive storage. Aperture is my professional photo management app. If you kill it off, you are telling me and 100s, maybe 1000s of other, that you don’t care what we like and need to do our photo editing, management, and presentation. Instead, you’re saying we savior the high of iPhone/iOS and want your Desktop Mac OSX to behave like it. Please…DO NOT DISCONTINUE APERTURE. Take a small fraction of your 170+ Billion USD and invest in saving this software. The electric car can wait another few years.

Found helpful by 73 out of 76 people
Version 3.6
Review by DarkBlackSoul

Could have been so much more. - *Drag and drop will not work for all files. raw files and duplicate JPG’s cannot be dragged and dropped. *File System must be filled out every time you try and start a new Album. Change it: Interface, must open and request where files are to be saved every time. *Controls and adjustments need work. Zooming in and out of the image must be smoother. Control scroll must be programed into aperture. *Import, Export, get rid of it, you either open a file or you close a file or you save as a file or you save a file. *Program takes too long to start up. Fresh restart from the i7 iMac 27”, aperture take several minutes. *Arranging the files in the album must improve. Must be able to sort, filter, select, save as, were ever I want with ease. *Apple file managment must improve. What ever folder I’m in, you must show me a complete path back to all main drives.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people