New version of Aperture announced!

Started Oct 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark Alan Thomas
Mark Alan Thomas Contributing Member • Posts: 909
Re: Why new features then?

Kendall Helmstetter Gelner wrote:

donsullivan wrote:

It's just another compatibility release. This seems to confirm Aperture is now in maintenance support.

If it's just "maintenance support" then why are there new features like SmugMug support, new iCloud integration, integration of Apple Maps...

That means people are working on the application, not just fixing bugs (which is what maintenance support would mean). We don't know they are doing lots of work on Aperture 4.0 but we know they are doing something, and a newer version of Aperture sometime around the release of the Mac Pro would make a lot of sense.

I don’t think there’s any chance for a major Aperture update to coincide with the Mac Pro’s release. Aperture 3.5 is the version Schiller was referenceing. It’s the version with Mac Pro support, as indicated on the Mac Pro webpage about performance improvements:

Testing conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.7GHz units with 1TB flash storage and AMD FirePro D700 graphics, and shipping Mac Pro 12-core 3.06GHz units with 512GB SSD and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics. All systems configured with 64GB of RAM. Tested with prerelease OS X 10.9 and prerelease Aperture 3.5 using RAW images. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac Pro.

So yes, Aperture was deliberately updated to support the Mac Pro, but there’s no reason to expect some big splashy X-branded update anytime soon.

I’ll be happy if there is one, though.

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