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Impending Aperture update to expand RAW support

Apple Inc. is on the verge of releasing an update to its Aperture post-production photography software that will add RAW file support for about a dozen additional digital SLR camera formats.

Among those cameras to see their native RAW formats accredited with the update are the Pentax K10D, K100D, and K110D, Apple Sr. Product Manager, Joe Schorr, recently told a forum of Aperture users.

He said the update will also bundle "support for 11 other RAW formats from different cameras, including the Nikon D40, Leica Digilux 3, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1, Samsung GX-1L, and seven of the Leaf Aptus and Valeo models."

Schorr would not offer a precise date for the release, but told users they could expect the update "very soon."

The RAW updates may be part of broader Aperture revision that Apple plans to post for download ahead of WPPI —the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International conference that runs March 24 - 29. The Mac maker is amongst the scheduled exhibitors, occupying decently-sized booth #351.

Apple last updated Aperture in December with the release of version 1.5.2, which also offered added RAW support and overall reliability and performance enhancements.