Yes, Aperture for OS X has been officially killed off by Apple. But in the meantime, I thought current Aperture users would benefit from an older post on three cool Aperture plug-ins I purchased for my 17″ MacBook Pro. Here’s three essential tools no Aperture user should be without:
[System info: OS X 10.9.4 (Mountain Lion); Aperture 3.5.1]
1. BurnToDisc plug-in for Aperture from MacUpdate $30.
This is the plug-in which adds an essential feature which Aperture should’ve had built-in. After searching for some time, I finally found a convenient way to burn DVDs directly from within Aperture. Besides automated disc-spanning, BurnToDisc also allows you to burn just “versions,” or only “masters.” Neat! Without this plug-in, you have to calculate any required disc-spanning manually, and use Apple’s clunky burn folder as an intermediary. I give it five stars–a must for any Aperture user who wants to burn images to optical media directly from within Aperture.
2. Google’s NIK Collection: 6 plug-ins for Aperture for $149.
One of the best plug-in suites there is. I bought this suite of plug-ins mainly for Viveza 2 (an auto-selecting post-processing tool), but I started playing with Color Efex Pro, and I have to say, it’s a blast! Tons of presets, stackable filters, lots of adjustments. You may already aware of the rest of the NIK’s offerings: Silver Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and NIK’s noise-reduction plug-in, Dfine. This collection is a bargain for a suite of such high-quality. Five stars!
3. Aperture Expert’s Adjustment Effects Bundle: 7 Aperture preset packs for $22.98.
Unlike Lightroom or Photoshop, there’s fewer application-specific plug-ins for Aperture. Note that these are presets, not true “plug-ins.” They appear in the “effects” drop-down menu in your Aperture adjustments tab (you must first import them into Aperture’s effects library). Available from the Aperture-specific support site, ApertureExpert, most of these presets aren’t really anything you couldn’t do yourself, but the aged-film looks, and accompanying pre-designed masks (emulating film damage) are fun, and not as easily self-created. For only $4.99, you could choose to buy any single preset pack.