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pleaselouise Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am yet to take the plunge and just don't know whether to go for Aperture or Lightroom.  I use a Canon 600d and shoot in RAW.  Looking at most recent reviews of Aperture, I am nervous about taking the plunge.  Any advice out there???


iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Have you read the More Like This on the right of this page ?

  • 2. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    pleaselouise Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I wanted a bit more of an up to date answer as the bad reviews only appear to be recent and connected to newer cameras but the reviews don't give too much away so I was hoping for a bit more of a detailed response...

     

    Thanks for replying though!

  • 3. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    I asked you to read previous messages because they have really a lot of information.

    I personnaly use Aperture since version 1.5 and I am happy with it.  Now it is really cheap for the power it gives.

    It can now work toghether with iPhoto, and this can be an advantage.

    I use it more for archiv purposes than for adjust, which I do more with Photoshop. But this are opinions. I like the way you can keep referenced files out of your Mac on external drive. It is a complex app any way and takes some time to understand it (which I have not jet performed at all).

    If you have a more specific question post it again and you will see here there are really experts of Aperture (not me) which will answer in detail.

    For its price... test it !

     

    Ahhh Forgotten ! YOU CAN TEST IT FOR FREE

  • 4. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    pleaselouise Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Walter

     

    Sorry I should have mentioned that I have read up quite a lot about it and I had also read that quite comprehensive one which is quite recent but it doesn't mention anything about the recent problems with aperture but also, even having read all of that I still can't decide!!

     

    Bit I will try Lightroom that's a good suggestion. Shame you can't try aperture too!

  • 5. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    I pleaselouise.

    Sorry for my wrong statement.

    I was not aware that Apple does no more allow you to test Aperture for 30 days.

    If you have the time you can test it in an Apple Store.

  • 6. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,915 points)

    Look for Frank Caggiano's response re: Aperture vs. Lightroom.  He mentions -- convincingly -- that the problems you read about are entirely blown out of proportion.  I have many hundreds of thousands of Images under management in Aperture.  It works great.

     

    It is a hardware glutton, but that is pretty well known, and shared with Lightroom.

     

    As for the choice of one or the other: they are functionally similar enough to be considered identical (including having the same number of problems).  Aperture has two main advantages: it's organization tools add a significant extra dimension, and it is much better integrated with other OS X programs (not a surprise).  LR has one significant advantage: much more widely installed, and (thus) much more information readily available.

     

    I suggest using the one you like to look at.  I am serious.

     

    Best of luck.  There is no reason at all to be "nervous about taking the plunge" -- the learning curve for each progam is easily walked, after you swim across the "but I thought Images = files" moat.

  • 7. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    pleaselouise Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much, that really has helped me! I think the integration with other products is going to be the decider so I'm going to go for aperture.

     

    Hope I don't regret it!!

  • 8. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Waldemar Winkler Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Well, if Apple doesn't do something soon with Aperture in terms of a significant upgrade, then I am moving to lightroom.  I need an application that meets todays changing imaging needs.  Apple has, for me until October to announce something new and significant.  If not, Lightroom, here I come.

  • 9. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    Thanks for sharing. I'm sure the boardroom in Apple is trembling.

  • 10. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    One Big Wookie Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    "The game's afoot".  Apple has been advertising for both software engineers and an author/trainer for their Aperture team, so Aperture ain't dead.  Best WAG (wild a** guess) is that an updated vesion will come out with either the new Mac Pro or Mavericks.  I'm guessing that Mavericks will ship the second week in September.

     

    FWIW, I've used both Lr and Aperture.  While Lr's Develop module does an excellent job, the rest of it is a mess.  If you create photo books, Lr has only one book printer (Blurb - who's QC isn't that great).  I find Lr's organization frustrating.

  • 11. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Mark Alan Thomas Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Right. Lightroom's underlying technology, Camera Raw, which is the same exact thing which is included with Photoshop, is excellent, but Lightroom itself is a cluttered, clumsy mess of an application. An embarassment, really.

  • 12. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Waldemar Winkler Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Thanks for a far more useful and un-sarcastic reply.   As always is with Apple, we must be patient.  However, it is easy to tire of patience. 

  • 13. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Elfpunkt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    there is one killer feature (for me) in Lightroom: you can edit images even if they are not available.

    eg: my (raw) photos are on a an external drive, my LR catalogue is on the internal SSD. when offsite I can fully edit the images )not only metadata like star-rating as with Aperture) and only need the "real" RAW file when I want to export the edited file.

     

    I also can confirm to teh above discussion: Aperture works fine even on hughe libraries if you have the hardware.

    I have a Retina MB and an external  Lacie Thunderbolt Raid 0 drive.

     

    I also have bought Lightroom but have not yet migrated my Aperture libs. All new photos go into LR, but I desperately hope for Aperture 4. It is so much more fun to work with Aperture than with Lightroom - except Photo editing.

     

    But with next OSX upgrade I start migrating my libs if there is no new Aperture coming along with it ...

  • 14. Re: Aperture or Lightroom?
    Mark Alan Thomas Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Lightroom's only had Smart Previews for about an hour.

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