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Aperture v. InDesign?

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Jan 18, 2013 1:04 AM

I am doing some layout & photo editing for a startup magazine on a budget and am considering using Aperture in lieu of InDesign... thoughts?

Aperture 3, Aperture running on a new iMac
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 6:45 AM (in response to Kennys.atl)

    Apples and Oranges, two different programs intended for different uses.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,235 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:30 AM (in response to Kennys.atl)

    No.  Aperture doesn't do book layout, other than create photo books (which have very little text).


    Aperture is not an InDesign equivalent or replacement.  Nor is it a Photoshop equivalent or replacement.  Aperture's closest analogue is Lightroom, in the Adobe product suite.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,735 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:38 AM (in response to Kennys.atl)

    What do you need in your books? Do you need graphics compositing, layers, inpainting? Then Aperture will not suffice. It deals more with photos than with graphics.

    Also, Aperture will not create books with a table of contents, index, section numbers, etc. You may want to have a look at the free iBook Author for creating books. iBook Author integrates well with Aperture.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:49 AM (in response to Kennys.atl)

    Are you just doing books? Are you using images only from a camera?


    If either of those is no I don;t think Aperture would be right for you. Aperture can only do books and is intended primarily as a digital negative developer.


    Also bear in mind that Aperture's book designs are limited. While it  is possible to go in and make your own templates it's again not want the program is designed for.


    I haven't used inDesign (but did do some work way back when with PageMaker, inDesigns predecessor) and honestly can't imagine substituting one for the other.


    Perhaps more info about your project might help. My biggest questions are as stated above, are you dealing primarily in digital camera images and are you only doing books. Is this for you or are you doing this for clients?




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