Apple has introduced Aperture 2, the next major release of its photo editing and management software.

The new release introduces over 100 new features that the company says makes it faster, easier to use and more powerful.

With a streamlined user interface and entirely new image
processing engine, Aperture 2 also introduces new imaging tools for highlight recovery, colour vibrancy, local contrast definition, soft-edged retouching, vignetting and RAW fine-tuning, and lets users directly post their portfolios on the .Mac Web Gallery for viewing on the web, iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV.

Aperture 2 is available immediately for £129 through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers.

Owners of previous versions of Aperture can upgrade to Aperture 2 for £65.