Apple has made available a free trial of Aperture 2, its advanced software for photographers the company updated this week.

The Aperture 2 trial provides a fully functional version of Aperture 2 that you can use and experiment with. While it includes all the features available in a licensed copy, the trial version will expire 30 days after you launch it for the first time. The software is available in English, French, German and Japanese.

Aperture 2 now retails at a lower price of £129. it boasts over 100 new features, a streamlined user interface and an entirely new image processing engine. The application Aperture 2 also provides new imaging tools for highlight recovery, colour vibrancy, local contrast definition, soft-edged retouching, vignetting and RAW fine-tuning, and enables users to post portfolios directly to the .Mac Web Gallery.

The software works with OS X, iLife, iWork, .Mac and Apple print products so any image in Aperture's library can be accessed from within other applications.

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