It was almost 2 years ago when Apple last updated their professional photo editing and management software but now it’s back with more than 200 new features. How well will this fair against it’s main rival, Adobe’s Lightroom 2? Read on to find out now!

A typical professional photographer would use Adobe’s Photoshop as part of their digital workflow for post-processing. But companies such as Adobe and Apple has released softwares for photographers to use in organising and editing of their photography work, namely Aperture by Apple, and Adobe’s Lightroom.

Since it’s debut introduction of Aperture 5 years ago, the mac community has often referred it as iPhoto with Turbo. It offers functionalities and features that are present in iPhoto, but also powerful tools to ease the job of professional photographers. However, even though it has a lot of iPhoto’s DNA, the “fun gene” was left out in Aperture. Perhaps for the serious professionals. But with Aperture 3, things are starting to look different.

But first, here’s a outlook of the system requirement for Aperture 3 to run, taken off Apple’s website. Do note that Aperture 3 is strictly a mac software and it’s not available for Windows.

System Requirements


One of the following Intel-based Mac computers:

  • Mac Pro
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook
  • MacBook Air
  • iMac
  • Mac mini

Operating system:

  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6.2 or later


  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GB of RAM required for Mac Pro

Other requirements:

  • DVD drive for installation
  • 1GB of disk space for application and documentation
  • 7GB of disk space for Sample Library