Apple releases Aperture 2.1 with powerful image editing open plug-in architecture

Apple StoreApple today released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy for photographers to use specialized third party imaging software right from within Aperture. Available today as a free software update, Aperture 2.1 includes the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party software developers will deliver image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.

“The image quality in Aperture 2 has won over the most demanding photographers,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing, in the press release. “Now, thanks to our open plug-in architecture, users can access an entire industry’s worth of imaging expertise without ever leaving Aperture.”

“To date, maybe two percent of my photographs needed to be touched up outside Aperture,” said John Stanmeyer, founding member of the VII Photo Agency and contributing photographer for Time and National Geographic magazines, in the press release. “Now that I can dodge and burn right within Aperture’s new plug-in, I can’t imagine when I’ll have to open any other application to tone my images.”

By clicking on one or more images within Aperture, users can choose from a menu of installed plug-ins and apply specialized imaging operations to either TIFF or RAW images. Apple is working closely with key developers to bring the most requested plug-ins to Aperture such as:

• Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in, powered by U Point technology, which provides a powerful, precise and easy way for photographers to selectively control and adjust color and light in their digital images;

• PictureCode’s Noise Ninja plug-in that delivers advanced high ISO noise analysis and reduction;

• Digital Film Tools’ Power Stroke plug-in that features a simple, stroke-based interface to quickly mask and intuitively perform targeted adjustments;

• The Tiffen Company’s Dfx plug-in that provides an expansive suite of creative filters and effects;

• dvGarage’s dpMatte plug-in, which is a high performance chroma key tool for creating seamless composites, and the HDRtoner plug-in that enables the selection of multiple photos to create a single high dynamic range (HDR) image; and

• Image Trends’ plug-ins that include Fisheye-Hemi to quickly and effortlessly correct fisheye lens distortion, ShineOff which automatically removes shine from faces and PearlyWhites that automatically whitens and brightens teeth.

Aperture 2.1 is available immediately as a free software update to current Aperture 2.0 users. Full system requirements and more information on Aperture can be found at

Information and availability for third party imaging plug-ins can be found on and and at the Aperture community site


  1. I hope Apple decides to offer upgrade/cross-grade pricing for users of the once iView Media Pro, now Microsoft Expression Media.

    It’s only a matter of time before MS destroys iView. Tthey’ve already shaken the ugly stick at it.

    How does Aperture run on a MacBook Pro? I’ve heard a few people complain about it. Mine is a 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM and a 200Gb x 7200 rpm hard drive.

  2. Mr. Scrith: The XTi works fine with Aperture. The price that model has recently dropped as Canon is just about to release its successor the XSi on April 15th. I’m getting one of those. You might want to check out the differences. I believe they are well worth the bucks.

  3. @Mr.Reee
    I can’t swear to it, but I’ve got to believe that Aperture would run fine on the MBPro you describe. I think the only drawback is the screen real estate. Aperture is one of those programs that can benefit from really BIG displays.

  4. Thanks j.Scott.

    I’ll probably go with the XTi with the price drop, I want a good camera but don’t need the best. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> I’ll just be using it for light amateur photos and such, nothing really big, I’ll probably stay with the included lens as long as I can before I need telephoto.

    Thanks for your help!

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