Apple released an update to its professional photo editing application, Aperture, for the Mac today. The release notes state that it is recommended for all Aperture 3 users, most likely to ensure compatibility with Lion when it is released later this month.
Aperture debuted in the Mac App Store in January at $79.99, compared to the boxed version that costs $199. The price difference between the two reflects the difference in licensing. When purchased from the Mac App Store, Aperture is licensed for personal use only, compared to commercial use when purchased from the Apple Store.
The list of what’s new in Aperture 3.1.3 includes some fairly substantial under-the-hood changes despite what the minor version number bump indicates (the previous version of Aperture was 3.1.2). The full list of what has changed is as follows:
- Improves reliability and performance when syncing web-published albums
- Slideshow exports are now handled as a background operation
- Crop tool now correctly supports use of gestures to define crop size
- Gesture support can now be enabled or disabled in Preferences
- Fixes an issue that could cause a blank sheet to display when placing a book or print order
- Published MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr albums now appear in a Web section in the Projects Inspector
- Shift-clicking snapshots on the Faces corkboard now allows you to make contiguous selections
- Metadata presets are now correctly applied to imported audio files
- Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when trimming audio in full screen mode
- Resolves various issues when adding names to Faces using accented, Japanese, Korean or Simplified Chinese characters
- Improves stability when browsing video clips
- Addresses reliability of library repair and rebuild
Additionally, Apple has posted release note providing more details on what has changed in 3.1.3 in its online knowledge base on this page.