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Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 03:00 pm PT (06:00 pm ET)

Aperture update to improve image export quality

Apple Computer as early as this evening is expected to release the first update to its Aperture all-in-one post production tool for photographers.

The update, labeled Aperture 1.0.1 Update, is expected to address a number of issues related to reliability and performance.

Aperture 1.0.1 will also deliver improved image export quality and metadata handling.

Owners of Aperture 1.0 will be able to access and install the update via the Mac OS X built-in Software Update mechanism. Alternatively, users should be able to download the software from Apple's Web site via this soon-to-be-updated support page.

Introduced in October, Aperture offers an advanced and incredibly fast RAW workflow that makes working with a camera’s RAW images as easy as JPEG. Built from the ground up for pros, Aperture features powerful compare and select tools, nondestructive image processing, color managed printing and custom web and book publishing.

Aperture retails for $499, but Amazon.com is currently offering a $59 savings on software, bringing the cost down to $439.99.

Update: Apple has now posted the 11.4MB update to its Web site.

In addition to the aforementioned enhancements, Apple said some of other key areas addressed in the update include: white balance adjustment accuracy and performance, book and print ordering reliability, auto-stacking performance, and custom paper size handling.