Apple offers free 30-day trial of Aperture 1.5

Now you can enjoy a free 30-day trial of Aperture 1.5, the powerful all-in-one post-production tool for serious photographers. Apple invites users to try it to see how easy it is to import, manage, edit, catalog, organize, adjust, publish, export, and archive your RAW, JPEG, TIFF, and PSD images.

You can download the Aperture Trial in English, French, German, or Japanese, but you first need to read and agree to the participation terms before requesting a Trial Serial Number and downloading the software.

Once you fill out the form (link below) and agree to the terms, Apple will send you the serial number you’ll use to activate Aperture for the length of the trial.

Note: If you download the free Aperture Trial, please note that the software cannot be updated to Aperture 1.5.1. The Aperture 1.5.1 Update will update ONLY fully licensed copies of Aperture.

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Apple releases Aperture 1.5.1 Update – November 02, 2006
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  1. I’m surprised that they’d release a trial software and on the same day issue an update that isn’t available for the trial. Like, wouldn’t they want me to have the best experience with my test?


  2. Great news and just what I was after. As you can currently use Adobe Lightroom for free at the moment they needed to do this to allow photographers like myself to make an informed decision. On paper Aperture seems to give me a more suitable workflow than my experiences with Lightroom and had more or less decided to buy it. Now I can try it first when my new C2D MBP arrives next week.

    I can understand why the trial is 1.5 and not 1.5.1. They’ve probably had seperate teams working on the bug fixes and the trial version and the two have come out too close together to be synced together. I would expect the trial version to updated in the next few weeks.

  3. It’s about time, given that they are competing against the currently free beta version of Lightroom I would have made the trial version 60 days. It takes that long to discover you can’t live without Aperture.

    misha bawa,
    Editing out hair is better done with PhotoShop

  4. Apple doesn’t give away free copies of anything unless sales are hurting. Obviously, this product just isn’t selling like they thought it would. I personally don’t know anybody who owns it.

  5. MacBill/peterson, whatever:

    Apple doesn’t give away free copies of anything unless sales are hurting. Obviously, this product just isn’t selling like they thought it would. I personally don’t know anybody who owns it.

    Not true.

    A trial version of Keynote, Pages, iWeb has always been available. And I can remember QuarkXPress and its attempt at a ‘trial’ version [a misnomer if ever there was]. It was hobbled from the start and basically useless… and this when Quark was the dominant player in the page make-up market.

    In fact, the only software company that has had a fairly decent trial usage model for some time IS Adobe. So using your theory, Adobe adopted the trial model with Photoshop because there was so much competition and it wasn’t selling well, right? Wrong. As usual.

    Whilst none of Apple’s Pro apps offered a trial version – until now – they all offered a very attractive cross-grade price. Not the same but something that to the best of my knowledge [and I use their apps every day], something that Adobe doesn’t offer.

  6. BTW MacBill,

    I wasn’t quite accurate in my last comment, so I’ll correct that here:

    Apple’s dominant digital compositing software for movies, Shake and the #1 leading database software, FileMaker Pro both offer free trial versions too….. oh, and I own Aperture 1.5.1 and personally know 4 others who also own it. The fact that you personally don’t know anyone that owns it means nothing, and is obviously as far removed from an educated assessment of a product as it’s possible to get.

    So basically, you made that comment without checking your facts. Amazing…

  7. I currently do not use aperture, although as soon as I get my Nikon D80 and lenses, this software will be next on the list.

    iPhoto is a good consumer programme, but I take multiple shots and the idea of stacking similar shots with the best at the top appeals to me. The new camera will mean I take more photos of the same thing, making stacking more necessary.

  8. I have been using Adobe Lightroom Beta, so I was eager to compare it to Aperture before deciding which program to go with. I had just taken a lot of RAW images with my Panosonic Lumix LX-1.
    All of them work well in Adobe Lightroom, but Aperture just loaded blank images with the message “unsupported image format.”

    Goodbye Aperture. Hello Lightroom.

  9. TF:

    Did you check the list of supported digital cameras? I did before checking out Aperture and my D200 is covered – along with many other dSLR and P&S Nikons. So I bought it – and it’s way better than Lightroom in my view.

    Y’know, it does support pretty much most of the accepted professional formats [including ones used by Panasonic: .ARW, .CR2, .CRW, .NEF, .RAF, .SRW, .TIF, .OLY, .DNG. And is compatible with all major still image formats: JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, PDF, PSD. of these I tend to use NEF and sometimes TIFF, JPEG or PSD.

    You could have still used Aperture by saving as DNG files generated by the Adobe DNG Converter [turning off the “Convert to Linear Image” option].

    Just a thought…

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