Apple releases 3.0.2 update for Aperture

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Still running into trouble with Aperture 3, even after the recent Aperture 3.0.1 update? Not to worry, Apple has just posted yet another update for Aperture 3 users.

Aperture 3.0.2 does add one very significant new feature, buried at the very bottom of the release notes: iPad compatibility. This will allow users to import photos from the iPad into Aperture, and to sync photos in their Aperture library with the iPad. There are also a few new minor features, like the return of the ability to navigate through images in the viewer using scrolling, and a display for how much disk space you need to import an existing iPhoto or Aperture library.

Beyond that, there is a wealth of fixes for general stability and issues. Some of the fixes address lost data and slowdown when importing iPhoto and Aperture 2 libraries. There is a series of fixes to preserve the hierarchy of folders imported into Aperture. The 3.0.2 update also resolves a number of issues with Aperture's new Faces feature, along with issues where presets and image metadata would be missing, incomplete, or fail to be saved.

This patch aims to stop crashes associated with adjustments, both from imported libraries and those applied by Aperture 3 itself. There's also a handy fix for a crash bug associated with emptying Aperture's trash.

Finally, there's a minor update for iMovie 09, called iMovie 8.0.2, which allows iMovie to play nicer with video files stored in an Aperture library.

More details can be found in the release notes for Aperture 3.0.2.

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Quick Brushes
    • Brushing in adjustments
    • Better RAW processing
    • New adjustments such as curves


    • Requires a fast computer to run optimally
    • Faces can bog down the system
    • Inability to group brushed-in adjustments
    • Some users have reported troubling bugs
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