Apple today released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy for photographers to use specialized third party imagine software from within Aperture.
The free software update includes an Apple developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds brush-based tools for dodge, burn, contrast, saturation, sharpen, and blur effects. Plug-ins for localized editing, filters, effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and many more are expected over the next several months from third-party developers. Apple is working with key developers on plug-ins.
â€œThe image quality in Aperture 2 has won over the most demanding photographers,â€ said Rob Schoeben, Appleâ€™s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. â€œNow, thanks to our open plug-in architecture, users can access an entire industryâ€™s worth of imaging expertise without ever leaving Aperture.â€
â€œTo date, maybe two percent of my photographs needed to be touched up outside Aperture,â€ said John Stanmeyer, founding member of the VII Photo Agency and contributing photographer for Time and National Geographic magazines. â€œNow that I can dodge and burn right within Apertureâ€™s new plug-in, I canâ€™t imagine when Iâ€™ll have to open any other application to tone my images.â€