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To download Aperture from the Mac App Store, you need a Mac with OS X 10.6.6 or later. Learn More.


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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

What's New in Version 3.6

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


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Customer Reviews

So long Aperture!

Aperture was the main reason why in 2007 when I made my photo business official I decided to switch from Windows. It incuded everything I wanted : a solid RAW processing engine, project based file management, excellent output and unparalleled book building capability all under a single, color managed umbrella. As a full production environment it was pretty much unmatched and unbeatable. It was also a fun ride until version 3.5 came instead of version 4 signalling Apple had lost interest in supporting this Pro app. Painfuly I’ve started migrating everything to Lightroom which has evolved into a superb solution but still lacks the fantastic custom book making facilities I came to love and rely upon in Aperture.

With future development now ended, Aperture came to a not entirely unpredictable but still abrupt end. Pity. Pity because with the death of Aperture, my need of running a Mac has decreased drastically to the point of postponing indefinitely my MacBook Pro upgrade.


Hard to believe Apple is still selling this program. They stopped developing (fixing) it long ago and now have officially announced it’s discontinuation. Compensation for those who have purchased it is a reasonable expectation - but the way Apple Inc. is conducting business, don’t hold your breath.


I’ve tried to resolve the issues I’ve experienced since purchase, Specifically relating to organization of photos. I’ve searched the forums and done all the Photo Library First Aid steps.

Sort by date and the program hangs, navigation from one photo to another using keyboard arrows just quits working until restart. For professional -read functional- organition of digital photos: keep looking. For photo editing and retouch - use photoshop.

Another Apple Fail.

Forced upgrade when you download to OS X Yosemite

The only reason for upgrading was to access my photos that got locked in the older Aperture program (version 3.2.4). I thought I should upgrade to OS X Yosemite. So I did. Then I came to the realisation that the original version of Aperture was not compatible with the new operating system. As a result I was forced by Apple to purchase this Aperture upgrade, just to be able to access MY photos! VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH APPLE FOR THIS DELIBERATE MONEY GRAB! I would not have upgraded to OS X Yosemite if I knew this was going to happen. I feel this Aperture upgrade should have been free! As for the Aperture update. Ok at best. Thanks again Apple!

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  • $89.99
  • Category: Photography
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2014
  • Version: 3.6
  • Size: 559 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese
  • Seller: Apple Canada, Inc.

Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later

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