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Archived - Aperture 3: Updated RAW Processing

Aperture 3 introduces updated RAW processing which includes changes to noise reduction (particularly on high ISO images), color rendering, and detail.

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Newly-supported cameras introduced with Aperture 3 use the updated RAW processing (see the latest list of supported cameras at the Aperture 3 RAW supported camera list). In addition, photos from the following cameras supported in earlier Aperture versions use the updated RAW processing: 

  • Canon EOS 1D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.2 or later)
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 1Ds
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 10D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 or later)
  • Canon EOS 20D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.2 or later)
  • Canon EOS 30D
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS D60 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 or later)
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel/Kiss Digital/300D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5 or later)
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/Kiss Digital F2/1000D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.2 or later)
  • Canon G11
  • Canon PowerShot G9 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 or later)
  • Canon PowerShot G10 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Nikon D2H (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Nikon D2Hs (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D3s
  • Nikon D3x
  • Nikon D40x (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.2 or later)
  • Nikon D70 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Nikon D70s (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.2 or later)
  • Nikon D80
  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon D100 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.6 or later)
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D3000
  • Nikon D5000
  • Olympus E-3 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Olympus E300 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5 or later)
  • Olympus E330  (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.6 or later)
  • Olympus E400 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5 or later)
  • Olympus EVOLT E410 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 or later)
  • Olympus EVOLT E510 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 or later)
  • Pentax *ist DL2 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.6 or later)
  • Pentax *ist DS2 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.6 or later)
  • Pentax K10 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 or later)
  • Pentax K20D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Pentax K100D, K100D Super (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 or later)
  • Pentax K110D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5 or later)
  • Pentax K200D (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 or later)
  • Samsung GX11 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 or later)
  • Sony DSLR-A100 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 or later)
  • Sony DSLR-A200 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 or later)
  • Sony DSLR-A300 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 or later)
  • Sony DSLR-A350 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 or later)
  • Sony DSLR-A700 (Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.2 or later)
  • Sony DSLR-A900

After upgrading to Aperture 3, newly-imported photos from the cameras listed above use the updated RAW processing. Photos imported into your library using previous versions of Aperture are not automatically processed with the new RAW decode system in Aperture 3.  You can choose to reprocess your photos in Aperture 3 by following the steps below.  If your Aperture-compatible camera is not on this list,  Aperture 3 will continue to support your photos using the previous version of RAW processing.

Reprocessing your photos:

 

Note: Because updated RAW processing may change the way your images look, and because reprocessing a large number of photos all at once can be time-consuming, you may wish to selectively update your older photos.

 

If updated RAW processing is available for a photo in your library, a Reprocess button will be available on the Adjustments panel:

 

 

To reprocess individual photos using the updated RAW processing, simply click the Reprocess button in the Adjustments panel, or:  

  1. Select one or more photos in the browser.
  2. Choose Photos > Reprocess Master.

To reprocess all the photos in a project: 

  1. Control-click the project in the Library panel.
  2. Choose Reprocess Masters.

 Using search filters to determine which photos are not yet using updated RAW processing

To quickly find photos in your library that are not yet using updated RAW processing:

  1. Click Photos in the Library inspector panel.

  2. Click the search field pop-up button along the top right of the Viewer.

  3. Click the Add Rule drop-down button along the upper-right of the search filter HUD and choose File Type.

  4. Click the Add Rule drop-down button again and choose Adjustments.
  5. Set File Type to "is" and "RAW", and set Adjustments to "does not include" and "RAW Decode Version 3.0".

The Viewer will now show only RAW photos in your library that do not currently use updated RAW processing. You may now choose which photos to update.

Note: If you did not choose to upgrade the images in your library to the Aperture 3 imaging system when you upgraded your library, the Reprocess Master command will also convert the selected images to the Aperture 3 imaging system.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Mar 19, 2014
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