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Oct 24, 2012 3:43 AM

I'm thinking of switching from Lightroom to Aperture, but I have my concerns. Looking through the apple site, I don't see Aperture in the Apple software site under photography, I did find it later and read it's reviews, all which were bad. I went to two of my local Apple Stores and Aperture isn't on their shelves. My concerns are that Aperture isn't supported by apple very well and wondering if it's worth my time to learn it.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,710 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:19 AM (in response to doug136)

    Apple is supporting Aperture - and there just has been a major new release Aperture 3.4, integrating the aplication with iCloud and MacOS X 10.8.

    At the big Apple event yesterday, when the new products were annunced, Aperture was mentioned as one of the major applications to be supported by the new iMacs.

     

    I never worked with Lightroom, so I cannot compare the two applications; I use Aperture for two purposes, and for these it is excellent and I like its design:

     

    1. Aperture is a very versatile tool to manage a huge and growing photo library with many different categories of images. My main photo library contains images from several decades, beginning with histrorical photos family collected by my grandparents up to most of the pictures that I use for teaching and research. The tools for tagging and indexing the images and their many versions are very versatile, and more important, the library structures to retrieve the images and to explore the relations between different sets of images.
    2. Aperture is a very advanced photo editor to help you develop your raw images and to adjust the image and to make it ready for printing or publishing.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 5:08 AM (in response to doug136)

    doug136 wrote:

     

    I'm thinking of switching from Lightroom to Aperture, but I have my concerns. Looking through the apple site, I don't see Aperture in the Apple software site under photography, I did find it later and read it's reviews, all which were bad. I went to two of my local Apple Stores and Aperture isn't on their shelves. My concerns are that Aperture isn't supported by apple very well and wondering if it's worth my time to learn it.

     

    To address the points you made:

     

    - Yes, it seems like Apple's site isn't organized very well when it comes to software. But a search for Aperture pulls it up at the top of the results.

    - Aperture is only sold through the Mac App Store, so that's why it isn't on the shelves of Apple stores. Did you talk to any reps, or ask to see a demo on the hardware in the stores?

    - The problem with bad reviews is that you have no idea of (1) the reviewer's hardware and (2) the reviewer's level of expertise. My guess is most bad reviews are based on (1) underpowered hardware configurations, and (2) user's who have not put in the time to properly learn the application before writing and complaining about it. And certainly take the Mac App Store reviews with a large grain of salt (true for all products, not just Aperture).

    - Yes, Aperture is still supported...if it wasn't then I doubt Apple would put it all over the face of their ads for Macs. Granted, there is a very remote possibility Apple would "pull the plug" in the future. But if that were the case why are they still updating it, and why are they using it in their ads?

    - Most Aperture users believe there is a new major release in the works, but it is also true that many are concerned about the time it is taking. Meanwhile Lightroom seems to forge ahead in certain areas.

     

    How long have you used Lightroom? If you know it reasonably well, you'll find the concepts of managing and processing your photos in Aperture to be similar. I prefer Aperture's organizational fetaures over LR. I have also found Aperture's performance to be acceptable (I have the right hardware) while LR's performance headed downhill as my library grew in size.

     

    Now, what are your real concerns? Why are you contemplating a switch? What doesn't work for you with Lightroom? What do you need from another application that LR doesn't provide?

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