Corel aims at Aperture with AfterShot Pro

Corel has introduced AfterShot Pro, a new digital photography editing and organization application compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. The software ships at the end of the month and costs $99. A trial version is now available for download.

AfterShot Pro is aimed at digital photographers who work with digital photos in RAW format. It helps you organize your photos, adjust them, make changes to the photos’ corresponding EXIF and IPTC metadata, and lets you apply non-destructive changes to the images. You can selectively edit photos using “Regions” and “Layers,” use external software to perform more extensive integration, export images, and perform batch processing routines.

In other words, Corel is aiming squarely at the same market that Apple and Adobe target with Aperture and Lightroom, respectively.

AfterShot Pro’s introduction comes on the heels of the news that Corel has acquired Bibble Labs, a developer of RAW image workflow software, and Corel noted in the press release announcing AfterShot Pro’s release that it is based on Bibble’s technology.

Upgrade pricing is available if you own Lightroom, Aperture, Bibble Pro or Lite or Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.