Unfortunately, this very interesting code has been removed in the new Aperture 1.0.1 Update (11.4 MB) .
Fortunately, the new update does have some nice improvements:
Aperture 1.0.1 Update addresses a number of issues related to reliability and performance. It also delivers improved image export quality and metadata handling.
Among the key areas addressed are:
- White balance adjustment accuracy and performance
- Image export quality
- Book and print ordering reliability
- Auto-stacking performance
- Custom paper size handling
A quick test confirms that JPEG exports are vastly improved:
(Click on pictures to enlarge)
Speed in some areas is also somewhat improved, and Auto-stacking is now fast. However, RAW conversions were not updated, as these will require an OS update (since RAW support is a function of the OS, not the application). Also, EXIF data is still not retained with exported TIFF files.
It was nice to see that Apple has not (yet) prevented the latest iBook (with Radeon 9550) from running Aperture, despite what the new Aperture Compatibility Checker 1.0.1 says when run on that iBook. Not surprisingly however, this update disables the hack that allowed Aperture 1.0 to run on other unsupported hardware (like G4 Power Macs).
P.S. I almost forgot... The Aperture binary also has references to some current and (very) old PowerPC and x86 CPUs.
I do not know the significance of these references, but they're in both Aperture 1.0 and 1.0.1.