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Aperture 3.5 Released with a Few New Features, Including SmugMug Support

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October 23, 2013 - 7:05am

So it appears that Aperture 3.5 has dropped, requiring OS X Mavericks (10.9) to be installed. There are reports of people seeing it and not seeing it in the App Store under software updates, and at least one person thinking they have to pay for it — I say calm thyself, and let the systems catch up with each other. The software is out there and the store is obviously slamming busy now. Once you’ve managed a Mavericks upgrade, wait to see Aperture 3.5 show up in your update list. It’s not even listed yet in the support downloads page (as of 2013-10-22 15:12 PST).

Here’s what’s changed… exciting additions are at the top.

What’s New in Version 3.5

  • Adds support for iCloud Photo Sharing, including the ability to post videos to shared photo streams and to have multiple subscribers contribute to a shared stream
  • The Places feature now uses Apple maps to display photo locations
  • New integration with SmugMug, with support for publishing and syncing galleries directly to a SmugMug account
  • Adds support for iOS 7 camera filters applied to photos imported from iOS devices
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes resulted in Retouch adjustments not being applied to exported images
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the black and white points in Curves to shift incorrectly when using the eyedropper tools
  • Fixes a problem that prevented caption data from being embedded correctly when exporting versions of some RAW file types
  • Improves reliability when adding names to Faces
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to hang after adjusting a very large panorama
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent memory cards or hard disks from ejecting properly after import when clicking the Delete Items button
  • Improves reliability of slideshows on a 15” Macbook Pro with Retina display
  • Addresses an issue that could cause thumbnails to display incorrectly in the iLife Media Browser
  • Videos up to three minutes long can now be shared to Flickr
  • Captions instead of version names are now synced between Aperture and Facebook for newly-created albums
  • Improves reliability when printing a light table
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent adjusted images from being published to My Photo Stream
  • Includes stability and performance improvements

SmugMug!! That’s fantastic, and for professional photographers a great new feature. Personally I’ve been using SmugMug for years to share photos with clients, and was very sad that Lightroom got this feature and Aperture didn’t. So now we have it, awesome!

If you don’t have a SmugMug account, you can try it out here.

Apple Aperture

Captions instead of version names are now synced between Aperture and Facebook for newly-created albums

Which, I presume (hope!) means that when you edit the caption in FB it will no longer rename the version in Aperture next time it syncs.

Taken Apple long enough to fix this but better late than never I guess

This is real strange as I do not see this update for Aperture after installing Maverick.

I do see updates for iPhoto and iMovie, however I get this error when trying to update:

Failed to verify the preflight file. It is not signed by Apple. The application will be available from the Purchases page.


Now that is all over an done with our next major announcement will be ApertureExpert website change :-).

If doesn’t jump to version 2.0 I’m switching to v1.1 just isn’t gonna cut it.


Just a followup to my issue about Aperture, iPhoto and iMovie. I was just contacted by the Apple Team as I posted this problem in the Apple Forum. So it looks like Apple is monitoring the forum this evening. Had to send them some info and hope to hear back from them soon with a solution.


Haha Thomas… ApertureExpert 2.0 is eminent! Or imminent.

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My version was not purchased from Mac App Store but from CD and I’m not seeing 3.5 as option yet. Mavericks installed with no issue though.
I was surprised to see iMovie and iPhoto were free even though I purchased our Mac in Dec when new ones were released. They mentioned they would be free upgrades with new macs in keynote.

it’s just a catch-up upgrade - nothing new here. I’m very disappointed. I can’t see a marketing reason to delay a real update until the MacPro is made available.

Still using Apple Aperture

My guess is that they are waiting until Mac Pro is released as some others have suggested. I don’t understand why but I could certainly see Apple doing that to show of something in new version.

Showing off a new version of Aperture only when the Mac Pro is released suggests you need that mighty computer power to run it - I certainly hope not.

Still using Apple Aperture

Stuart (and others who may not be seeing an update):

I have Aperture from pre-Mac App Store days, and I usually update using the downloads page from Apple.

Aperture 3.5 hasn’t appeared there yet, though.

After updating to Mavericks, and updating all my other apps, Aperture did not appear even in software update. HOWEVER, after logging out and back in again in the App Store, Aperture 3.5 appeared there. Clicking update then prompted me to associate Aperture with my Apple ID (and machine), and the download started.

I wonder if this means I will forever have Aperture now under my Apple ID?

But anyway, try logging out and back in again.

When I opened up the App store this morning, Aperture 3.5 was now listed as an upgrade. I was able to upgrade from my boxed version


This morning I was able to download iMovie, iPhoto and iBook Aurhor without getting this error: Failed to verify the preflight file. It is not signed by Apple.

After updating those programs Numbers, Keynote, Pages and Aperture 3.5 showed as avaialbe to download.

However I am still getting this error when trying to update Numbers, Keynote, Pages and Aperture. I am starting to think this all maybe caused by a server overload with Apple.


9to5Mac interviewed Lucas Gilman who was featured in yesterday’s Apple reveal and he was using Aperture 3.5 not some newer version that we are all waiting and hoping for. Here’s a link to the interview:…

Florian Cortese

I upgraded my 13” Macbook Pro to Mavericks with no problems, then upgraded Aperture to 3.5. When I open a library I get the message that the library needs to be upgraded. The upgrade takes seconds as these are very small libraries. When Aperture opens there are no thumbnails, just frames in browser view. In split view there are thumbnails. When I select an image it appears, but in the adjustment inspector I get the message “image loading”, but the image does’t load so no adjustments are possible. If I reload the library it wants to upgrade the library again. Has anyone else seen this problem. I don’t want to upgrade my iMac where I have all my big libraries until I solve this problem.

Found the solution, I had to restart Aperture with the Command Option Keys and repair permissions for each Library. All appears well now.

Cliff Seibel

Upgraded my iMac. Found first bug! “Option-A” does not result on an image appearing on the secondary display. Full screen works fine. I think it has to do with the menu bar appearing on the 2nd screen.


Well, Apple still haven’t fixed a very annoying bug (for those of us outside the USA). In the Filter panel, dates are always interpreted in US-format (MM/DD) even though everything on my Mac - including everywhere in Aperture (except the Filter) shows dates in UK-format (DD/MM).

I just reported this to Apple yet again (the third time now).

Disappointed…. yes, I am! My hardware is around 4 years old now. The last OS upgrade was pushing it to the extreme and let be fair it is running slowlier since mountain Lion is on… I was doing it only to be able to follow on Aperture upgrade.

Maverick will therefore not be for me except if I change hardware. So, to see an aperture version that is not providing major new features only compatible for Maverick is a bit shocking for me… I feel that I am pushed out of the Aperture bug fixing track just because I dont plan new hardware :(

The integration with Smugmug causes me a dilemma.

For years I’ve been using NZWidgets’ PlugInProForAperture. I’m pretty happy with it, although if you edit a photo you need to manually trigger PlugInProForAperture to re-upload it.

What do I do now? The Aperture solution looks better, but that would mean deleting 40,000 photos from Smugmug and uploading them all again! Or I could stick with PlugInProForAperture. Or use Aperture’s system from now on.

Any thoughts?

Anaxagoras, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


I wouldn’t replace what’s up there. Use Aperture for future projects assuming it works well for you.

-Joseph @ApertureExpert
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Thanks Joseph, I’d more-or-less come to the same conclusion. My photos are primarily organised by date, so 1st January 2014 would seem to be an appropriate point to “swap” from PlugInProForAperture to Aperture.

Anaxagoras, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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