Apple released Aperture 2.1 today, introducing an open plug-in architecture that allows photographers to use specialized third party imaging software within the application. The new version is now available as a free download for Aperture users.
Aperture 2.1 includes the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party software developers will deliver image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.
Expected additions to Aperture plug-ins include:
â€¢ Nik Softwareâ€™s Viveza plug-in, powered by U Point technology, which provides a powerful, precise and easy way for photographers to selectively control and adjust color and light in their digital images;
â€¢ PictureCodeâ€™s Noise Ninja plug-in that delivers advanced high ISO noise analysis and reduction;
â€¢ Digital Film Toolsâ€™ Power Stroke plug-in that features a simple, stroke-based interface to quickly mask and intuitively perform targeted adjustments;
â€¢ The Tiffen Company’s Dfx plug-in that provides an expansive suite of creative filters and effects;
â€¢ dvGarageâ€™s dpMatte plug-in, which is a high performance chroma key tool for creating seamless composites, and the HDRtoner plug-in that enables the selection of multiple photos to create a single high dynamic range (HDR) image; and
â€¢ Image Trendsâ€™ plug-ins that include Fisheye-Hemi to quickly and effortlessly correct fisheye lens distortion, ShineOff which automatically removes shine from faces and PearlyWhites that automatically whitens and brightens teeth.