Apple Releases Aperture 3

I think I’m in love.

Apple released their third generation of their professional image management software, Aperture.  Aperture 1 was the first of it’s kind, a real photo management system that handled large libraries of raw files and  allowed it’s users unprecedented access and mobility through their image library.

But really, it was little more than iPhoto with some bells and whistles.  Aperture 2 came out with dozens of improvements and new features including major speeds increases, plugins and support for dozens of new raw file formats.

Aperture 3 is built on Apple’s 64bit codebase so we should expect even greater speed increases as well as greater stability.  It now handles video files which is very exciting to me and any photographer who is looking into transitioning into multimedia.  Wedding photographers are especially subject to this shift, responsible for shooting the stills and video of a wedding with the flip of a switch on their Canon 7D or 5DMII cameras.  Nikon… yeah, where are you with this?

For the first time, Aperture has ever feature that iPhoto has, well, for as long as until iLife ’10 comes out.  Places and Faces are finally in Aperture as well as native Facebook and Flickr integration.

Non-destructive brushes and U Point style technology of editing, which made Nik Software’s Viveza a huge hit, is built right in to the application.   Don’t forget the new a smoother workflow, increased organization techniques, largely due to Faces and Places integration and import actions.

I requested my Aperture 3 license today and hope to receive it soon so I can try out the latest iteration of my favorite photo management system.  On second thought, Photo Management System, PMS, might be the wrong classification.  Almost as bad as the iPad…

Adobe released Lightroom 3 beta a few months ago.  I gave it a try, substituting Aperture 2 for Lightroom 3 for over a month.  In the end, Aperture 2 proved to me to be a better solution for me so I can only imagine how great Aperture 3 will be.

Come on Apple, send me that License! Hopefully it will come in time for me to build my presentation for PS Gallery!

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Find Me, I’m All Over

I setup another website where you can go to find me on all the various social networks and blogs I call home.  Right now I’m somewhat to overly active on three blogs and twenty-seven social sites.  I try to update it regularly when I join another network and at this point I think I’ve hit my limit haha.

Right now you can find me on Twitter, twitpic, twitvid, friendfeed, flickr, tweetreel, facebook, digg, vimeo, myspace, twitres, YouTube, Linkedin, brightkite, USTREAM, posterou, loopts, hulu, tumblr, foursquare, PANDORA, Google Profile, Gowalla,, Google Reader, Yelp and  Click the image below and let’s get connected!  Leave a comment below if there’s one I missed, one I should join or if you’ve sent me a request so I can hurry over and add you!

Thanks friends!  You rock.

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The Revolution Will Be Twittered

At this point, I am sure anyone reading this blog entry knows about the situation going on in Iran, or at least has read/seen/heard some bits and pieces.  The truth is, we don’t know anything, or we wouldn’t know anything if it wasn’t for social media utilities like Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.  Through these mediums, Mir-Hossein Mousavi presumably won an election.

Following in the footsteps of Barak Obama, Mousavi rallied millions of Iranians to his reformation platform, a platform of change. Each of these presidential candidates used Flickr, Twitter and Facebook and drew millions of viewers, followers and fans.

We all know the results of the election in Iran.  With about 125% of the populations votes reported, yes, 125%, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has won with a sweeping 66% of the vote.

With that, the people of Iran decided to stand up for themselves and after days of peaceful, mostly silent, protests, it has become violent.

The Iranian government closed off all cellphone service, muted international media outlets and shut down internet service providers.  But in this world we live in now, that simply isn’t enough to stop a population, much of which are young, intelligent and passionate about their lives.

Workarounds were discovered, people created proxy servers for Iranians to access and IP addresses were quickly distributed through Facebook and Twitter.  Videos began streaming through YouTube from cellphones, TwitPic and Flickr streams overflowed with images of peaceful protests, followed by the blood stained faces of people.  Civilians, from children to grandparents; bloodied, beaten but not defeated.

Here’s a post from Soodeh Nezamabadi’s Facebook.  Soodeh Nezamabadi, by the way, is a recent graduate of Berkeley University in California.  It isn’t unreasonable to think that someone reading this blog entry might have met Soodeh on campus or in the bay area…

This Facebook note is the reason I made this post.  The strength and spirit of this note overwhelmed me.

Soodeh Nezamabadis Facebook Note

Soodeh Nezamabadi's Facebook Note

Can you imagine yourself, in this situation, thinking this way?  Understanding how unimportant your individual life was for the sake of an entire nation, world?  The pictures on Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s Flickr stream (click here to see) provide a gruesome telling of the situation in Iran.  His last Twitter message, sent over twelve hours ago…

Mir-Hossein Mousavi - Last Twitter

Mir-Hossein Mousavi - Last Twitter

I don’t know what else to say, or what else I could say.  There certainly must be something we can do here in America and around the world to help these devalued citizens.  If all I can do is blog about it, change my Twitter avatar green… then so be it.  I can’t simple stand idle while I read, see and hear of the things going on there.

In two months my parents are moving to Saudi Arabia.  What if something like this happens there?  It isn’t so unlikely is it?  Some how this hits close to home for all of us.  What will you do, what can we do?

At the very least, we can’t forget.  Take a look at your life and appreciate, again for the first time, the world we share; who knows when it might be taken away from us.

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