Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseNovember 30, 2005; 17 years ago (2005-11-30)
Final release
3.6 / October 16, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-10-16)
Written inObjective-C
Operating systemmacOS
TypeImage organizer, image editor

Aperture is a discontinued professional image organizer and editor developed by Apple between 2005 and 2015 for the Mac, as a professional alternative to iPhoto.

Aperture is a non-destructive editor that can handle a number of tasks common in post-production work, such as importing and organizing image files, applying adjustments, and printing or exporting photographs. It can organize photos by keywords, facial recognition, and location data embedded in image files, it offers brushes for applying effects such as dodge and burn, skin smoothing, and polarization, and it can expert to Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug, and iCloud.[1][2][3][4]

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced that its Photos app would replace Aperture and iPhoto. The final release of Aperture, version 3.6, was released in October 2014, and subsequently discontinued and removed from sale on April 8, 2015.[5] Although support for 32-bit apps, including Aperture, was removed in macOS Catalina,[6] a patch created by an external party allows Aperture 3.6 to function on newer versions of macOS, including the latest release, macOS Ventura.[7]


Apple Aperture is a professional photo editing and management application that offers a variety of features for professional photographers. One of its key features is complete support for importing and exporting raw image formats, for supported cameras. It also offers tethered shooting support for DSLRs made by Nikon and Canon; when photographers connect these cameras to their computers, they can be instantly imported without user action, for a more efficient workflow.[8] The app's Raw Fine Tuning feature allows users to manage and adjust the conversion parameters of different versions of RAW decode. In addition, Aperture allows users to choose whether to keep their master image files in place on their filesystem, or migrate them into the Aperture library upon import.

Aperture also offers a range of image adjustment tools, including specific color retouching, a luminance-based edge sharpener, and spot repair. It also has lens correction tools, such as chromatic aberration correction, to help improve the overall quality of an image. In terms of project management, Aperture offers extensive metadata and searching support, as well as the ability to group photos using autostacking based on the time between shutter clicks.

Aperture offers a number of features for organizing and managing photos. Autostacking groups photos based on the time between shutter clicks; users can also manually group photos into Stacks, and create multiple working copies of the same image using the Versions feature. The loupe tool allows users to view images at zoom levels from 50% to 1600%, while the Light Table feature serves as a freeform workspace for sorting and selecting images. Aperture also offers the ability to simultaneously zoom and pan multiple images to compare them. It supports a full-screen move for editing and sorting images, and can span multiple computer displays.

In addition to its native support for the Adobe Photoshop PSD, PNG, JPEG, and TIFF formats, Aperture offers nondestructive image editing, customizable printing and publishing options, and the ability to import photos from USB and FireWire memory card readers or directly from a camera connected via USB. It also has read and write support for IPTC image metadata and customizable book creation tools. Finally, Aperture has a heavily customizable book creation feature, as well as the ability to create web galleries and blogs that can be uploaded via FTP or WebDAV.


Aperture 2

On February 12, 2008, Aperture 2 was released at a reduced price of $199 in the United States.[9] This was a significant decrease from the initial price of $499 for version 1.0. Aperture 2 included a streamlined interface and improved performance due to database optimizations and interface improvements. It also featured enhanced image processing capabilities with updated raw image format support and improved integration with macOS, MobileMe (now iCloud), and various software packages including iLife and iWork. In addition, Aperture 2 introduced support for editing plug-ins, such as Apple's own dodging and burning tool, which was added in Aperture 2.1.[10]

Aperture 3

Aperture 3 was released on February 9, 2010,[11] and required an Intel-based Mac, unlike previous versions which could run on PowerPC systems. Upon the launch of the Mac App Store on January 6, 2011, Aperture 3.0 was made available through the store at a reduced price of $80 in the United States.[12] Apple claimed that the new version included over 200 new features. Aperture became a 64-bit application capable of handling large files such as high definition scans, a face detection and recognition tool called Faces, a Places feature that automatically places photos on a world map, native integration with Flickr and Facebook, nondestructive, edge-aware brushes for applying adjustments to photos, dozens of new built-in adjustment presets, the ability to create custom presets for download,[13] advanced slideshow capabilities, and the ability to handle and edit video and audio files.[14]

Version history

A list of changes brought by each Aperture update can be read on the Aperture release notes page (archived). A table of all versions of Aperture, and the date they were released, follows:

Version number Release date
1.0 November 30, 2005
1.0.1 December 21, 2005
1.1 April 13, 2006
1.1.1 May 4, 2006
1.1.2 June 21, 2006
1.5 September 29, 2006
1.5.1 November 2, 2006
1.5.2 December 11, 2006
1.5.3 April 19, 2007
1.5.6 October 26, 2007
2.0 February 12, 2008
2.0.1 March 3, 2008
2.1 March 28, 2008
2.1.1 July 28, 2008
2.1.2 October 20, 2008
2.1.3 March 14, 2009
2.1.4 August 27, 2009
3.0 February 9, 2010
3.0.1 February 24, 2010
3.0.2 March 25, 2010
3.0.3 April 29, 2010
3.1 October 20, 2010
3.1.1 December 9, 2010
3.1.1 January 6, 2011
3.1.2 March 23, 2011
3.1.3 July 13, 2011
3.2 October 12, 2011
3.2.1 October 28, 2011
3.2.2 December 8, 2011
3.2.3 March 13, 2012
3.2.4 May 24, 2012
3.3 June 11, 2012
3.3.1 June 28, 2012
3.3.2 July 25, 2012
3.4 September 19, 2012
3.4.1 September 28, 2012
3.4.2 November 1, 2012
3.4.3 November 15, 2012
3.4.4 April 16, 2013
3.4.5 June 5, 2013
3.5 October 22, 2013
3.5.1 November 14, 2013
3.6 October 16, 2014

See also


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  13. ^ "Custom Aperture presets for download". Aperturepresets.tumblr.com. January 23, 2011. Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
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