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What’s new in iPhoto 9.3, Library Upgrader 1.0, Aperture 3.3

11 June 2012 2,864 views 6 Comments

iPhoto, aperture updates bring retina display support, plus support for avchd vide and a bunch of garden variety feature tweaks and bug fixes.

Call it Apple’s massive Monday. The 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote address delivered a metric butt tonne of new products and that, of course, means lots of software updates to make it all real out here in the wild — here are the salient details vis-a-vis iPhoto, the iPhoto Library Upgrader (interesting) and Aperture.

iPhoto 9.3, download
• iPhoto can now open libraries from Aperture 3.3 or later
• AVCHD video is now supported
• The Description field now automatically expands as needed when entering text
• You can now flag a photo in Magnify (1-up) view by clicking a Flag icon displayed in the upper left corner of the photo
• Keywords and titles are now preserved when exporting files with embedded GPS location data
• A new Export option allows you to automatically organize exported photos into subfolders by event

For those folks that have been holding onto their legacy iPhoto install, Apple has released iPhoto Library Upgrader 1.0 (download), which prepares libraries from iPhoto 5 or earlier so they can be upgraded with the current version of iPhoto. It will interesting to see how well this app actually performs — back up your library before attempting this black magic.

Aperture 3.3, download
• New unified photo library for both iPhoto (v 9.3 or later) and Aperture; no import/export required; Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing work across both applications
 • Support for AVCHD video has been added
 • Aperture now lets you use camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files immediately after import
 • Highlights & Shadows tool has been updated to deliver higher-quality results and work with extended range data
 • A new Auto Enhance button has been added to the Adjustments panel
• And, a score more tweaks and bug fixes

And, just in case the missed the first bullet point for each of these updates, the punchline is that iPhoto and Aperture now share a unified library structure.

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