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Lots of scary reviews.  Should I install this?

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Lots of scary reviews for Aperture.  Should I install this to process RAW?

Mountain Lion 10.8.2  Latest iPhoto  12GB RAM  Canon 7D

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 12GB RAM
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    Where are the reviews?


    The good news about the Internet is that everyone can express their opinion. That's also the bad news about the Internet. So, the quality of the reviewer, the experience of the reviewer are all very important when reviewing the reviews. For my money, I'd ignore any review on an App Store, anywhere. I'd be very chary of reviews on Software Update sites. Pro level apps like Aperture, Final Cut et al are complex and have a learning curve. An awful lot of people simply don't get the basics of lossless processing, for instance, or understand the difference between apps like Aperture and Photoshop, and the different roles they play in the workflow. How do you know the reviewer on the App Strore isn't such a person?


    The only reviews I would read would be on Pro Photographers sites or similar. At least you can review what other things the person has written, judge for yourself their level of knowledge and competence, and then decide if you want to take their opinion into account when forming your own.


    I think you'll find that most of the experienced responders will support installing - after all, we use the app all the time. So factor that into your opinions as well.


    Is there something you want to do that iPhoto won't?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    iPhoto supports the same cameras that Aperture does, and they - in the latest versions - can use the same library. If you're exploring Raw and processing then I suggest you use iPhoto until you get to the point where it can't do something you want. That's the point when you upgrade.


    iPhoto and Aperture is a bit like iMovie and Final Cut. The difference is the level of fine control. You have more tools and these tools are more subtle and sensitive in the Pro level app than on the consumer one - and that's why you pay more. But the downside is a significant learning curve, and one that assumes you know something about your camera and are comfortable on your computer - neither are requirements for iPhoto.


    Photoshop (in any of its forms) is a different beast from Aperture (and iPhoto) and stands at a different place in the workflow. Aperture/iPhoto/Lightroom are essentially digital darkrooms, where the image is processed to get the best from the available data. If you then want to composite - add layers and so on - that's when you go to Photoshop. It's the stage after these apps.


    Finally, Aperture is a resource hog. It demands a powerful machine and lots of Ram. So if you're thinking of putting this on an older Mac with 2 gigs of Ram then you can expect slooooooow performance. Experienced users here regularly suggest that you need 8 gigs of Ram to get reasonable performance.







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