Apple Computer released a new iteration of Aperture 1.5, its post-production photography software on Monday, delivering new libraries and integration with software not previously supported.

Aperture has given photographers around the globe the confidence to work in exciting new ways, said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Product Marketing. Now with Aperture 1.5, we've opened the library and extended the workflow to provide a solution that is as flexible as it is powerful.

The new open library system allows photographers manage a number of file formats while engineers have also allowed seamless interrelation with Apple's iLife '˜06 and iWork '˜06 solutions.

Aperture 1.5 is available this week in English, French, German and Japanese as a free Software Update to current Aperture 1.0 customers. Aperture 1.5 is available to order for new customers for a suggested retail price of $299.