In-Depth Review of Aperture 3 by Ars Technica

Posted on May 18, 2010 by

Ars Technica just came out with a comprehensive review of Aperture 3, Apple’s photo editing and management software.  You can read the entire review here.


  • Maskable edits for most adjustments
  • Multiple adjustment instances
  • Excellent metadata handling and embedding
  • Places and Faces features are smartly implemented
  • Better library and RAW/JPEG management
  • Curves adjustment with arbitrary points and custom viewer range
  • More polished and flexible interface than version 2
  • Exceptional high-noise RAW conversion


  • Still some graphics instability problems in version 3.0.3
  • Interface can still feel heavy
  • Edge masking needs more control


  • So good that I’d put up with the crashing to use it

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