Apple Aperture 3 to include face recognition and location tech

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Apple has introduced a new version of its photo-editing software Aperture 3, which allows users to search images by face recognition as well as geo-tag pictures with GPS technology on your iPhone or a digital camera.

The next major release of Apple’s photo-editing and management software includes more than 200 new features, including Faces, Places and Brushes.

Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organise your photos by the people in them. You can view faces across your entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organisation process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven’t yet been named.

Places lets you explore your photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverses geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, you can assign locations by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS-enabled cameras, tracking devices, or your iPhone photos.

Aperture 3’s Brushes feature

The new Brushes feature allows you to add professional touches to your photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks, like Dodge, Burn, Polarise and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in your images to let you apply or remove effects exactly where you want them.

“Millions of people love using iPhoto to organise, edit and share their digital photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

“Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets.”

Aperture 3 makes it easy to share your work with stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text and HD video. You can select one of six Apple-designed themes or choose your own transitions, background, borders and titles, and even add your own soundtrack. You can export your slideshows directly to iTunes to take with you on your iPhone or iPod touch.

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“I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it’s now an unbelievable imaging tool, as well,” said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. “I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3.”

Sharing photos via Aperture 3

You can also share photographs as beautiful prints, create custom-designed hardcover books and publish to online photo-sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr, right from Aperture 3.

“Aperture 3 gets it right,” said National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson. “The image-editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they’re so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible.”

Aperture 3 is available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and resellers for a suggested retail price of US$199 (€145) and existing Aperture users can upgrade for a suggested retail price of US$99 (€73). A downloadable 30-day trial version of Aperture 3 is available online.

In related news, Apple has set up its own official channel on YouTube, complete with four videos of its new iPad device.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Apple has revealed a new version of Aperture 3, its photo-editing software

John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist who served as editor of for 17 years.