Apple has released Aperture 1.5 at the Photokina show held in Germany, and is touting the free upgrade as a major update offering an all-in-one post-production tool for photographers that boosts workflow. New features include an open library system, iLife and iWork integration, XMP metadata support, and new adjustment tools.
Headlining the release is a library system for managing RAW, JPEG, and TIF images -- with Apple saying Aperture 1.5 allows photographers to store images wherever they want, including offline media. Photos can be stored on DVDs, RAID systems, CDs, and external hard drives -- and Aperture 1.5 can review, rate, and organize high-res previews and images even when the original is offline. Apple says it means photographers can keep images secure while able to take compacted versions on the road.