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Reference to Aperture 3.5 Found in Mac Pro Performance Testing Notes

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October 23, 2013 - 5:10am

Thank you, Michaël Gallego @mic_gallego on Twitter for this one.

Here’s a screenshot from the Mac Pro Performance Page with a reference to “prerelease Aperture 3.5”:

Read the fine print… “prerelease Aperture 3.5” (click to view larger)

It says…

4. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.7GHz units with 1TB flash storage and AMD FirePro D700 graphics, and shipping Mac Pro 12-core 3.06GHz units with 512GB SSD and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics. All systems configured with 64GB of RAM. Tested with prerelease OS X 10.9 and prerelease Aperture 3.5 using RAW images. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac Pro.

So at minimum we know we’ll have Aperture 3.5 by the time the Mac Pro ships… December.

Apple Aperture

3.5, that sounds more like it is a update to allow it to run cleanly on Mavericks rather than anything more substantial.

But you never know, maybe Apple are happy constantly updating Aperture rather than bringing out major revamps.

Hugely disappointed if that is all we’re getting!

If they’ve moved Aperture to the same versioning scheme as FCP X, a point release can be a big deal. FCP X added some big new features with a 10.0.x release. Don’t fret over the version number - yet.


Personally I wish they would do away with version numbers, if you keep the software up to date then you would always have the latest

Aperture 3.5 shows up in Software Update after Mavericks upgrade.

Aperture 3.5 Software Update Screen Shot

You won’t see this until after you upgrade to Mavericks.

The Aperture 3.5 update comes in at 557MB.

Very disappointing. No doubt people will flock to LR in disappointment. Not me - I’ll just wait impatiently until next spring.
The MacBook Pro photos with Aperture featured are all of 3.x, so I doubt we’ll get 4.0 anytime soon. Maybe all the new hires will come to deliver something by Feb 2014?

Before getting to disappointed with a point release for Aperture let’s consider ALL of the significant enhancements and functionality Apple has provided since 3.0 at no cost to the user. Then let’s look at the price Adobe has charged for all of the functionality they have added to simply catch up with Aperture. And Aperture still outsides Lightroom except for a couple of features (lens correction and noise handling).

Well, I guess I am starting to now have issues as I do not see any updates for Aperture 3.5 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.

I guess I am a bit confused. My copy of Aperture was not purchased through the App Store…but from Apple …eons ago.

The current version of Aperture is available to me for a fee in the App Store…so how do I get it without paying the fee for Aperture?


Well it`s the morning after the day before here in England & the Aperture 3.5 Update was waiting in the App Store. Installation very straight forward with, as expected upgrades to Libraries. The iCloud sharing & SmugMug Sharing is of no interest to me but Places is something I use on large projects & Apple Maps is now the map source. I think its is much snappier now.

So, generally hacked off at no 4.0 update bit it was mentioned during Keynote & I firmly believe we will see a major upgrade with the release of The Mac Pro.

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