• Price When Reviewed: 144 . 67

  • Pros: Vastly improved slideshows; impressive new brushes; multi-touch aware; ability to split and merge libraries; easy export to Flickr and Facebook

  • Cons: Sporadic reports of potential problems when upgrading older libraries; web page creation hasn’t been overhauled; need a powerful Mac and lots of RAM to run well

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Many features of the interface have been refined and improved and make Aperture 3 a joy to use especially when new features are discovered, sometimes accidentally. For instance, you could already replace the Inspector sidebar with a floating window (known as a HUD - Head-Up Display - in Aperture). This is designed to help you devote more screen real-estate to your image. This works whether you’re working in full-screen mode or not.

Sometimes however, the HUD gets in the way because it’s actually over part of your image. However, if you hold down the Shift key as you drag an adjustment slider, the HUD will fade away leaving only the slider you’re working with, so you can focus on your image and the modifications you’re making with no distractions.