Apple hosts Aperture 2.1 workshop
Dubai, May 6, 2008
Arab Business Machine Ltd (ABM), Apple’s representative for the Middle East and sponsors of Gulf Photo Plus Exhibition 2008, held a workshop on Aperture 2.1, Apple’s upgraded integrated workflow tool for photographers.
The newly released version from Apple was showcased at the workshop by guest host photographer David Nightingale.
Aperture 2.1 introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy for photographers to use specialised third party imaging software right from within Aperture.
Available today as a free software update, Aperture 2.1 includes the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party software developers will deliver image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.
“The image quality in Aperture 2 has won over the most demanding photographers,” said Apple’s vice-president of applications product marketing Rob Schoeben. “Now, thanks to our open plug-in architecture, users can access an entire industry’s worth of imaging expertise without ever leaving Aperture.”
By clicking on one or more images within Aperture, users can choose from a menu of installed plug-ins and apply specialized imaging operations to either TIFF or RAW images. Apple is working closely with key developers to bring the most requested plug-ins to Aperture such as:
Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in, powered by U Point technology, which provides a powerful, precise 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 advanced 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 effortlessly correct fisheye lens distortion, ShineOff which automatically removes shine from faces and PearlyWhites that automatically whitens and brightens teeth.
Availability Aperture 2.1 is available immediately as a free software update to current Aperture 2.0 users and through Arab Business Machine Ltd (ABM)’s network of Apple Authorised Premium Resellers, Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple Authorized Retailers in the following countries: Lebanon, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Yemen & the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. – TradeArabia News Service