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Aperture 3.0 over-saturating my RAW files. Recent occurrence

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I find that Aperture 3.4.5  has been automatically oversaturating my RAW images before I even begin processing. This is a recent happenstance. I have been using Aperture since it first came out years ago, so I am comfortable with the software. I shoot only RAW on my Nikon D800 and Canon 60D. I've never had this problem before using these cameras, or a number of their predecessors. My in-camera recording for RAW files in both cameras is set to neutral, as I do a lot of post processing, so it's not the camera settings. In exasperation I loaded a trial of Lightroom 5 on my MacBook Pro with Retina display, just to see whether there was a difference.


I am a pro photographer and was shooting a very large metallic magenta object for a client with my Nikon D800.  When I imported the image into Aperture the object became fire engine red, and there was NO way to restore the accurate color through processing.  I loaded the same RAW image into Lightroom 5, and the metallic magenta stayed true to color. Since my Canon 60D RAW files are also oversaturated in Aperture, particularly the reds, I know that the problem is with Aperture, not my cameras or their settings.


I suspect my Aperture software has become corrupted through updates. This is a serious issue for my workflow, as I prefer many aspects of Aperture to Lightroom.  Is there a cure?  Get a fresh download of Aperture and transfer all my images? And pray I don't lose any, tho I do have backups. I would appreciate some help!! 


Thank you!

Red Caboose


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