Apple has announced Aperture 3, the next major release of its photo editing and management software for Macs.

Version 3 has over 200 new features including improved face detection and recognition technology, improved tools for photo retouching, ready to use image adjustments that emulate various photo processing styles, a full screen browser for navigating your image library and GPS support and built-in geotagging.

Apple says Aperture 3 allows users to organize large photo libraries with greater flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize photos by the people in them. Users can view faces across their entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven’t yet been named. Places lets users view photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into more user-friendly locations.


The new Brushes feature lets users add professional touches to your photos by painting effects onto the image. There are 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks.

Aperture 3 is now available for $199 in the US or $219 in Canada.

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