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Apple today released a pair of software updates, offering improvements for Aperture users while also updating iMovie to improve its ability to use video from Aperture.

- Aperture 3.0.2 weighs in at 69.83 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.2. It offers a significant number of improvements throughout the application.

This update improves overall stability and fixes issues in a number of areas. The key areas addressed include:

- Upgrading Aperture 1.x and 2.x libraries
- Importing libraries from iPhoto or from earlier versions of Aperture
- Importing hierarchical folders of photos into a library
- Adding names and confirming matches in Faces
- Reordering snapshots on the Faces corkboard
- Creating and saving print presets
- Duplicating metadata presets
- Adjustments using Curves, Straighten and Retouching
- Navigation of photos in the Viewer using scrolling
- Importing ratings, color labels and GPS data from XMP sidecar files
- IPTC metadata compatibility
- Deleting photos when emptying the Aperture Trash
- Exporting versions and libraries

Full details of the over 65 changes included in the update are available in the release notes.

- iMovie 8.0.6, weighing in at 35.84 MB and requiring Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, "improves reliability when working with videos from Aperture" and is recommended for all iMovie '09 users.

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