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PictureCode releases Noise Ninja plug-in for Aperture  
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
PictureCode has today released Noise Ninja for Aperture. The powerful noise reduction software is now available as an image editing plug-in for Apple's pro photo management and RAW conversion application for Mac.

Take That: Noise Ninja 2.0.0 for Aperture 2.1 and later, in action (Photo in screenshot by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

Noise Ninja 2.0.0 for Aperture 2.1 and later has the core capabilities of the Photoshop plug-in version, but in a simplified interface designed to give it an Aperture feel, and one that supports the multi-file handling method possible within the Aperture editing plug-in framework. This is Noise Ninja stripped down to the essentials, but with the same noise-reducing capability of the Photoshop and standalone editions. Some of the differences include:
  • Fewer sliders and buttons
  • No Preferences dialog (and no option to set preferences)
  • Handling of multiple photos is unique to Aperture
  • Noise profile naming is Aperture-specific: Noise Ninja for Aperture won't recognize noise profiles from other Noise Ninja versions until they're renamed (and moved to an Aperture-specific folder location)
  • Streamlined noise profile creation
If you use Noise Ninja in Photoshop now and are thinking of giving it a try in Aperture, there are a couple of reasons to do so, and a couple of reasons to stick with what you're doing. The main benefit of running Noise Ninja within Aperture is the simplified interface. If you've previously found the Noise Ninja interface a bit overwhelming, you'll want to check out the Aperture plug-in version. Secondarily, running Noise Ninja within Aperture means not having to leave Aperture. Finally, while the multiple photo handling takes a little getting used to, once you're familiar with it you can expect to be able to efficiently establish the optimum Noise Ninja settings on a per-photo basis, then process them all at once with those settings.

On the other hand, there are also reasons to do your Noise Ninja work elsewhere. Selectively applying Noise Ninja to a portion of a photo can't be done within the Aperture plug-in, you'll need the Photoshop or standalone version for that. Plus, Apple has made it easy to round trip a photo from Aperture to Photoshop (or the Noise Ninja standalone version for that matter) and back, so it really isn't difficult at all to apply Noise Ninja in Photoshop and then return to Aperture.

If you're going to take the plunge, be sure to read the sections in the user guide (accessible by clicking the ? icon in the lower left corner of the Noise Ninja window) pertaining to noise profiles - both how to make them and where they're stored. Also note that Noise Ninja for Aperture honours your External Editor File Format selection in Aperture's preferences, so be sure that's set to your liking before you begin to work with it.

PictureCode Noise Ninja 2.0.0 for Aperture 2.1 and later is available exclusively as part of a US$79.95 Pro Bundle that includes the Photoshop plug-in and standalone versions of Noise Ninja too. Licensed users of the current Pro Bundle can add Noise Ninja for Aperture for US$20 (the registration screen in Noise Ninja for Aperture will tell you if the Pro Bundle license you have now includes Aperture or if the US$20 purchase is required). A non-expiring, watermarking trial version is available.

Apple today has also launched a new page in the Aperture section of their website that provides links to image editing plug-ins, export plug-ins, Automator workflows, book themes and more.
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