First off, this doesn’t appear to be Aperture 4, but nonetheless is a significant update.
Optimized for Retina Display
This is great for the lucky ones that are going to buy a new MacBookPro. I’m not one of those. I have a very new MBP that will have to last me for a few more years. Having said that, I’m very curious to see how photos look. I expect it will be magnificent.
I’m sure this will be a very big deal for a lot of users. I’ve been with Aperture since the beginning so I rarely use iPhoto. I see myself using this when I want order Christmas cards. In fact, this feature may just provoke me to use iPhoto for that sort of thing more often.
Advanced White Balance
I’ve been wanting brushable white balance since brushes were introduced. This alone is a huge improvement and I look forward to experimenting with the three other white balance modes; Skin Tone, Natural Gray; and Temperature and Tint. More is better!
Improved Highlights and Shadows
I’ve always loved the way Highlights and Shadows adjustments worked in Aperture. I can’t imagine it being much better. I can’t wait to push the limits with this tool. It’s smart of them to make it work with the extended range data. That alone will make it better.
Professional Auto Enhance
The word “professional” is curious choice. I always think of professional features as being manual instead of auto. I guess we have a bonfide jumbo shrip oxymoron here. In the end, I don’t care what it called. But I do care about what it does. I like the idea of hitting an auto enhance button to see where it takes it and then tweaking it from there. This could be a huge time saver…if it works.
I’ll be the judge of what’s fast. If it’s faster, that’s better. I’ll never complain about something being faster. The one question I have about this is if jpegs will load faster. Aperture does a really good job of rendering the embedded jpeg previews in RAW files, but it has a harder time rendering full size jpegs. A good bit of the sports I shoot is in jpeg due to camera buffer performance and storage space. I hope full size jpegs load faster as well.
I’m curious if there are small features that aren’t mentioned. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the sudden we notice camera locked (tagged) images appear as flagged. I wouldn’t be surprised if we discover we can color code projects, etc.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we noticed improved RAW processing and noise reduction.
We’ll let you know as soon as we get our hands on it!