Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2013 6:07 PM (in response to pmclaughlin)
Thanks for the reply. I was hoping to play with a few of my own photos in both programs and see which one seemed more intuitive to use. I have all of my photos in iPhoto presently but wouldn't be opposed to exporting to a different organization interface if the editing tools seemed superior and easier to use. Not having to go through the hassle though would be nice. I have also read on other sites that there are Aperture 4 instruction manuals coming out which may indicate a new version of the program. I would hate to buy Aperture 3 only to have a new edition come out a few months later.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to pmclaughlin)
Note with the latest versions of both Aperture and iPhoto the library is common to both applications.
What this means is that you won't need to export form iPhoto and import into Aperture. Aperture will be able to open the iPhoto library and work directly with that.
There are some minor gotcha's but nothing that causes real problems.
You could load up a flash drive with your iPhoto library (or a subset of it) and take it to an Apple store and try out Aperture and iPhoto. It's not as good as a true trial (and this was a terrible decision by Apple) but it's something.
As for the rumor mills, re: Aperture 4. This has been talked about for a while now and unfortunately the way Apple operates no one will know until it is announced. So do you wait? It's a tough call and really depends on how much you want to leave iPhoto behind.