Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 5:22 AM (in response to kevinfrompilton)
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?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2013 3:17 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Many thanks for your reply. Very kind and helpful.
The reviews are on the Apple App Store. Not so much about using Aperture per se as the whole thing crashing, causing havoc with existing iPhoto libraries and pouring glue into the processor.
I have Photoshop Elements 9 (got it legallly for free) and the Canon DPP but I find these counter-intuitive and too frustrating to use for now. I want something I can use for learning to shoot and process in RAW. I've read Aperture would be much easier to use for someone used to iPhoto. Eventually I may need to add Photoshop but would like to start with something a bit less complex.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2013 3:41 AM (in response to kevinfrompilton)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2013 4:31 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thanks for your professional reply. It's guys like you that make the internet such an amazing resource.
I've got an iMac 27" i5 with 12gb RAM, so should be OK. Have installed Aperutre successfully, just need to figure it out now.
I was not aware I cuold use iPhoto for RAW, so will start there. There are undoubtedly many threads about it so I'll start my homework.