9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 11, 2013 3:53 AM by ButchM
Markiez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Adobe released Lightroom 5 for download this moring. So, my question is " Is it still worth it to holding out for Aperture 4 " or start making plans for Lightroom 5. I can't stand Lightroom UI ( or I would of which long time ago ) but Apple is dragging their feet with Aperture 4 and I don't know/think Apple is willing or able to catch up or even surpass Adobe Lightroom now. Ya I know what people will say " if Lightroom is for you, then don't let the door hit you in the backside".

 

So, it's a choice of Adobe's terribly ugly UI or Apple's Aperture constantly losing my pictures settings and now their unwillingness to keep Aperture current. Any thoughts to help me out.


Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • 1. Re: Lightroom 5 available for download   So...
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    Today started the WWDC - Apple World Wide Developer Conference - https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

    How about waiting for the new announcements?

     

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  • 2. Re: Lightroom 5 available for download   So...
    Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

    I gave LR 4 and 5 Beta an honest shot but couldn't get over the atrocious user interface. I've settled on using Aperture for organization and easy raw conversion. Images that need more advanced raw coversion get sent through DxO Optics Pro, which makes Aperture look like antique that it is.

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    jpcorwin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nothing at WWDC... Apple doesn't care Aperture users...

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    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

     

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    Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)

    It's a developer conference. Not sure why you'd expect Apple to use the keynote to introduce photo software.

     

    My opinion is that an A4 won't ship until the Places portion can use Apple's home-grown mapping solution. That would put it some time after Sea Lion ships this fall.

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    jpcorwin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Had the same hopes with Snow Leopard, and Lion after that...

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    ButchM Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I'm still going to hold out on hope for something in the not too distant future where Aperture is concerned ... I think the new performance and power improvements with OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" are not necessarily intended to help so much with Safari, Calendars and iMessage ... probably more so for heavy duty applicantions like Aperture ...

     

    They may be working using the backbone of the new OS to make Aperture even better (the point about Maps for Places Andreas brings up makes sense too) ... So, if there is no news by the time they release 10.9 ... I will join the club ... plus ... I will not spend one more dime with Adobe for anything ... if it has turned out that Aperture has met it's end of life ... I won't be replacing it Lightroom ... ever ...

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    GBRULZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm in agreement with many in that I dislike Lightrooms UI.  However, LR did announce a plan to make an ipad app in which allows you to sync your photos and make edits across platforms.  Once they do this, that will be the time I make the leap to LR.  Holding out as long as I can because I really do like the Aperture UI. However, I would love to incorporate my ipad into my workflow, especially for being able to edit meta data. 

  • 9. Re: Lightroom 5 available for download   So...
    ButchM Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    GBRULZ wrote:

     

    However, LR did announce a plan to make an ipad app in which allows you to sync your photos and make edits across platforms.  Once they do this, that will be the time I make the leap to LR.

     

    Yes, it sounds good in theory ... though, if they offer it as discussed, by creating proxy RAW files using Smart Previews ... then upload those previews to the cloud, then download those previews to your iPad ... then sync the work back to Lightroom on your desktop computer library ... I mean "whew!" ... that sure sounds like a lot of effort just to do some keywording/captioning on the iPad ...

     

    I think I'd rather place a little hope that Apple will come up with a better plan ... since they developed and designed the iPad, and have been working on unifying the iPhoto and Aperture library structures, inclusion of Photo Stream on both platforms ... with the announcements of several features in iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 yesterday, I think we can see a plan coming together for a streamlined cross-device workflow is possibly in the works ... it would take little effort to have Photo Stream sync with selected Projects, Albums or Smart Albums right from the Aperture library ... Even better, if there were an Aperture iOS app that could pull the RAW file jpeg previews in the field, work on the images, and sync back to the RAW images once loaded in your main archive could avoid the need to duplicate work when traveling light.

     

    At least that's what I would do if I were an engineer working on Aperture ...