Aperture is a photo editing and management computer program developed by Apple Inc. for the OS X operating system, first released in 2005, and currently available in its App Store. The software handles a number of tasks common in post-production work such as importing and organizing image files, applying corrective adjustments, displaying slideshows, and printing photographs.
Features of Aperture include non-destructive editing, organization of photographs by keyword, faces (using face detection and recognition), and places (using GPS metadata embedded in image files), brushes for applying effects (such as dodge and burn, skin smoothing, and polarization), and exporting to several popular websites, including Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug, and Apple’s iCloud. The program has been widely reviewed by independent parties.
Apple discontinued listing Aperture in the Mac App Store on April 8, 2015. Aperture is being replaced with Photos for OS X.