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Aperture: Why I’m Staying Put (For Now)

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March 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Recent days have brought substantial news to the world of current Aperture users: the release of the public OS X Beta with Photos, rumors of a new Lightroom version, and a great analysis on how you import in Lightroom vs. Aperture, which I highly recommend. And, by the way, if you haven’t read the very thoughtful analysis on comparing Aperture to Photos, then that’s a great place to start.

Are we coming in for a landing, or just taking off? How apropos…

As we digest all of this news, I want to add one more admittedly minority voice to the mix: why I’m staying with Aperture, at least for now. To be clear, I’m not advocating for you to do the same — in fact, switching to Lightroom will likely be the right decision for many users. But, for those who haven’t done so yet, I want to share my reasons for staying put just awhile longer.

The future of Photos

It’s true. There is a lot of core functionality in Photos that is simply lacking, eliminating any appeal to advanced users in its current state. That said, there is still a lot we don’t know. Apple is surely planning updates to the software, whether or not they fill those gaps. Photos is also more than just an application, it’s a system-wide framework that allows extensions to access your photo library like never before. It’ll take time for developers to leverage this and we simply don’t know what they will do with it.

The answer may be nothing. Or, even if these new tools are leveraged, that doesn’t mean it’ll plug the holes and make it a competitor to Lightroom, but for me it’s worth the wait. Aperture is far from perfect, but I can live with its shortcomings for a few more months [I think 3-6 months is about my tolerance], and anything I do in my Aperture library will continue to be forwards compatible with Photos and/or a Lightroom migration. Until then, Apple will continue support for Aperture within Yosemite.

Adobe, my love-hate relationship

This is a bit of a soapbox, but one important enough for me to mention: I don’t care for many of Adobe’s business practices. In fact, my biggest disappointment in losing Aperture was not the software product itself, but Apple handing Adobe a monopoly in this software space.

Across its other products, Adobe has been pushing consumers towards a subscription model for some time now. My concern is that the same will happen with Lightroom, and one day soon you will only access the software by paying a monthly reoccurring fee. Call it paranoia, but I don’t want my precious photos locked up in software that I don’t own and whose price & terms can be changed by a third party.

To be clear, you can still buy Lightroom at this time, so my concerns are purely speculative. That said, I think it’s a likely speculation given the direction Adobe has moved the rest of its suite, and now without a viable alternative in Aperture, I view this as a likely business decision.

That all said, Lightroom is clearly the king of the hill at the moment — it’s the superior tool and has been for some time. It could well be worth this potential downside. With rumors of Lightroom 6 coming soon, I’m sure it will only continue to improve, but in a way this is part of my wait-and-see approach as well: if Lightroom is the best choice for me, I think Lightroom 6 will be the right time to jump on board.

Conclusion

Given the reasons above, it’s worth it to me to stick it out in Aperture for a few more months. As with many Aperture users, I have a library measured in the hundreds of gigabytes, and when I choose my next platform, I intend to stay for awhile. For that reason, it is worthwhile to me to put off that decision — and any migration — until I have a better sense exactly what my options are.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I’m not a professional photographer, unlike many Aperture users. I’m an avid hobbyist and make a little cash on the side along with it, but photography isn’t my day job, and your mileage may vary if it is.

If you’re a current or former Aperture user, what factors did you consider and what decision have you made? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for reading!

About the author, Matthew Morse:

Based in Washington, DC, I'm the operator of the travel photography blog The Prodigal Dog. I'm a digital strategist who has been an avid photo hobbyist for over 15 years. Hiking and traveling off the beaten path, landscapes, wildlife, and the occasional portrait are my preferred subjects. Always interested in the technology behind what makes this art form so great.

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I will keep using Aperture until it stops working. It may be several years since there’s no plans for me to get any new hardware and unlikely to update the OS (which are usually are often unstable and buggy. I’m staying with Yosemite for the long terms). When Aperture stops working, I will import the Aperture library into Photos and strictly use Photos to view legacy photos. I will use Darketable (free and open-source) and start a fresh new catalogue with no legacy Aperture library.

http://www.darktable.org

thanks for the article.

Robert Ke
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Interesting idea about keeping your current library as a legacy Aperture library, then moving everything to something new. Haven't heard of Darktable before – I'll look into it. Thanks!

download it. it’s free!! and open-source. Ok, to get you started. I need to explain a few things so you don’t get discouraged when you first try it out. it can be really strange at first. First of all, there’s no brushable in in Darktable so you have to use drawn masks and parametric masks. Before we get started on masks, you need to be understand a few concepts that considered advanced for Aperture and Lightroom users:

Luminosity mask

A channel mask

B channel mask

Chroma mask

Hue mask

I would say these concepts are extremely important for you to understand masking in Darktable otherwise you will be a bit loss because you need to combine the drawn mask and parametric mask to get the effects of adjustment brushes.

Start with these adjustment modules:

Exposure.

Tone Curve.

Color Zone.

Spot Removal.

Crop and Rotate.

Then you can move on to more advance editing such as frequency separation wavelet by using the Equalizer adjustment module. Very amazing stuff!!! The Equalizer adjustment will allow you to do stuff that really difficult to do in Photoshop CS because it is not easy to do more than 2 layers of frequency separation. By the way, Affinity Photo beta has a filter that breaks down a layer into 2 layer of separations. Easier then Photoshop CS but still cannot do more than 2 layers of separation. With Darktable’s Equalizer adjustment, you can edit a continuous stream of granularity from lower frequency to high frequency. Awesome stuff!!

Have fun!!

Robert Ke
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I’m an enthusiast and have earned some money doing several weddings (lately as a second shooter only), maybe one a year and I’ve sold some prints.  So not a high earner to say the least. Photography is not my day job and is mostly for personal enjoyment.  But I do enjoy the ability to bring out the most in a RAW photo (I only shot RAW) and was really holding on for dear life hoping Apple would release a significant update to Aperture.  And then hoping Photos version 1 would give some indication as the way Apple was heading. When that didn’t happen, and it became apparent that Photos really appears to be designed mainly for the iPhone/iPad/consumer photographer, I began exploring Lr and dipped my toe into the water, so to speak, with several photo shoots starting in January imported into Lr and I am now all in.  I use some third party apps like NIK and recently onOne’s Perfect Effects Suite. I’m lucky in that I do some teaching at our local university and am able to get these at educational discounts.  I was one like you who was holding out as I mentioned, but the frustration and the curiosity led me away and I doubt I’ll be going back.

I don’t fault anyone for waiting or staying with Aperture, or finding distaste in Adobe’s philosophy or choosing another DAM software product.  as I have said on this site several times, we each have our own needs and likes and workflow demands and need to choose what we think is best individually.

Florian Cortese
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Thanks for your sharing your experience, and good luck on your search!

I am a professional photographer and I am sticking with aperture for now. I own Lightroom 5 and capture one pro 7. Neither program has given me what aperture gives me. I dislike lightrooms adjustment tools and capture one is just not easy to use. My most beloved features of aperture is the organization it gives me. Majority of my images are opened in Photoshop so I don’t mind that aperture doesn’t have everything although there are certain jobs I do 100% in aperture. My back up plan for now is actual to use camera raw and then continue in Photoshop. At this point I have not switched over because I have thousands of photos in aperture and I want everything in one place, I also have not figured out how to store my photos if I am using camera raw. I also really use the full screen option in aperture for client viewing, there are not image numbers or details on the screen so it show cases images beautifully for client viewings. I am really hoping for photo apps to have good exposure and recovery adjustments and good adjustment tools so I can be able to use their organization and viewing screens.

I’m also planning on sticking with Aperture as long as I can.  I’m a professional architectural and sports photographer and have libraries that measure into the double-digit terabytes.  So, I’m not looking forward to a lot of extra work to convert.  I’ve got the basic Adobe photographer’s subscription that gives me Photoshop and Lightroom.  I have zero desire to go to Lightroom.  I almost never use it.  I do use Photoshop from time to time, but find myself using Bridge and Camera Raw more than anything available in the subscription.

But, what looks most promising to me is Capture One Pro 8.  I upgraded from version 7 recently and used their “Import from Aperture” function and found it copied most all of the info and edits I needed.  The only noticeable difference I saw was in the white balance after importing into Capture One Pro.  It’s mostly with skin tones, but their skin tone correction tool works great and I was able to fix this with a batch processing tool.  I haven’t taken a project from start to finish yet with Capture One Pro.  I need a bit more time to familiarize myself with the tools.  I don’t think I want to try this with a deadline looming, so I’ve mostly played around with it on archived Aperture Libraries.

It does seem to be the most Aperture-like software I’ve yet used.  It also seems that they’ve been open to suggestions of tools to add to the software.

Scott Stuart

I think I'm in the same boat, Scott. I've been reading these recent posts on Capture One with great interest, and think if I had to choose, that'd be my route. Here's hoping Capture One gets some big boosts to organization/management in the coming months, so when we [eventually] have to chose a new program, we'll have even better options.

Capture One offers a fully functional 30-day trial. I have spent a month intermittently playing with it and getting help from Phase One via their Support Case system. They are very responsive. In fact, I find them more responsive than Adobe. For all the market share Adobe has, I find their responsiveness to support cases involving product issues is less than adequate.

Regarding the comment in the article that Lightroom is clearly the better product, I think Capture One Pro 8 is a significant leap ahead from version 7 and would be worth taking for a spin before you decide which direction to go.

I will give Capture One Pro a try this summer but will keep organizing and editing in Aperture till its really dead.. the ease of use and logic of Aperture can not be beat.

I have also installed AfterShot Pro 2 on my Mac and have used my Aperture Library (referenced copy) on it.. The program needs some work in the UI department but it is already quite well rounded in terms of features. And the price is on par with what I feel comfortable paying.

Lightroom is really of no interest to me.. even back when Adobe had not yet succumbed to the subscription devil, it was just not for me.

Photos App is a joke that Apple has pulled on all the photographers using Macs. I was hoping for Aperture on iPad and Apple went and gave us Photos for Mac (topsy turvy).

 

 

 

I’m testing C1P and DxO with a range of challenging images, and C1P is an impressive product. But, I shoot a lot of high-ISO work in dim conditions, and DxO’s PRIME noise reduction is by far the best I’ve seen. DxO also does a slightly better job at extracting detail.

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I am interested in options for when I need to work away from Capture One Pro 8, I liked to use Niks a lot with Aperture but I find I can do a lot of things now in C1, also not going to Colour FX Pro has caused me to tone down some of the excesses I indulge in once there!

Lee Harris, professional photographer based in Barcelona, Spain.

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I have written a few blog posts about this (here and on my site) and I will be doing the same as you, to a degree; I will from now on probably do most of my new work in Capture One Pro 8 (I am getting used to its quirks) and keep Aperture for accessing my old Libraries and certain on-going work.

Another thing mentioned above that I feel very strongly about is that people don't just jump to Lightroom without considering the alternatives, some here have criticised Adobe because it is big corporation (and Apple even more so) and I kind of agree, we need diversity, the most exciting developments tend to be driven from the ground up and we are obligated to support this, I have kind of thrown my lot in with C1 and I don't really want to keep experimenting with other options, as I just want to get on with the business of taking photos, but there are quite a few options worth considering, someone mentioned Darktable and there is also Acdsee which looks capable and is bloody cheap! There are also quite a few alternatives to Photoshop which I think is now a bloated behemoth, full of stuff most photographers never need.

 

Lee Harris, professional photographer based in Barcelona, Spain.

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www.leeharrisphoto.com

Great point – there's a fine line to be walked between constantly searching for the best software product vs. ignoring the software and focusing solely on taking photos. There's a balance somewhere in between, for sure. Like many, I'd like to measure twice and cut once on this one – when the time comes, I'll experiment with several options, but ultimately want to commit to a new tool, import my library once, then move on with life (and taking photos).

I, like a number of people, set myself the task of looking for an Aperture replacement. It was my intension to find an alternative, set that up, and continue using Aperture as my main application. Gradually moving over as and when the need arose.

In reality what happened was that I exported my library out of Aperture as a first move. That done any pressure to commit to a new app was removed as I could continue with Aperture for as long as I wanted.

Within weeks of exporting my library I purchased C1 Pro8. and started using that. Yes it was different and there were things that I miss but to be honest I am very pleased with C1 and am glad that I have moved. I can now work on getting the best out of C1.

As the days/weeks have gone by I find that I don’t give a thought or miss Aperture and wouldn’t go back.    

Regards, Barry

Why I am staying with Aperture:

Because it works.

I think staying with Aperture for 3-6 months and then look around is not that big of a deal. My question would be: what kind of further insight do you think to gain in that short timeframe? Photos may be released by then, but in its current state, which can be tested in the beta (without the bugs, hopefully). Nobody knows when a 2.0 of Photos will be around. Could be next year, could be in two years, could be never.

Also I would like to challenge your statement that Lightroom is “superior to Aperture for some time”. Superior in what, exactly? Aperture is king of the hill in terms of digital asset management. Capture One Pro is king of the hill in terms of image quality (some may argue DXO Optics here). Lightroom does a lot of things right and does a lot of things absolutely terrible (try dual monitor setup or adjusting the horrible GUI to your own preferences, for instance). It is the jack of all trades, but master of none if you ask me. If theres one thing LR is superior, than its marketing. It looks like pro software, but is totally targeted at the millions of leisure shooters, who want to look and act like professionals. Adobe really nailed it in terms of finding that sweet spot of the biggest possible market for it and thats why they are in the lead, not because of superiority.

I also have rather strong and rather unbalanced immature binary opinion about this whole Aperture situation.  IMO, Apple is either pulling a Final Cut Pro X on us or they are straight out lying to us about Photos being a replacement for Aperture. 

Turns out, if all they did was add round-trip editing, stacks, import/export library, and geotagging (fixing geotags and using GPX track files), I can live with that.

Yes, hard to believe, if they added these 4 features to Photos, I can use it. That’s all i really need from Photos. I understand some people don’t like round-trip editing because it adds another large tiff file to the stack which would make it destructive, but i have no issues with it whatsoever.

Robert Ke
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I agree: 

Aperture is the DAM leader, hands down. (And Photos doesn’t appear even to come in second, since they have ditched several of the nice features of Aperture’s DAM.)

Capture One gives very pleasing image quality, at least for me after about 1 month’s experience.  (I limit my claim to “very pleasing” because I do like what I am seeing, but I haven’t tried LR or DxO.)

Lightroom requires dealing with (i.e. buying from) Adobe.  While they have to pick the best business model for them, I prefer not to participate in it.

I do appreciate the sentiments in this post and the comments. I stuck with Aperture until February, perhaps just for the sake of loyalty. I have been an Apple user since 1986 and an Aperture user since early version 2. Like others, I am disappointed in Apple for their utter abandonment of a professional-level product. (But, I respect its ”kill your darlings” courage.)

But, one thing is clear: Aperture lacks several essential features for digital photography. My biggest issue is perspective correction. In Aperture, I used PT Lens, which means of course creating a TIFF and placing that step at the end of the workflow, with the usual point of no return.  I can now do that in C1, and remain in RAW!

My point: Our priority as photographers has to be image quality.  If you can achieve your desired quality with Aperture, then by all means stick with it.  You can likely use it for several more OS-upgrades (= many years).  But, I am personally kicking myself for not changing sooner.  As I have said elsewhere, I can fully achieve my desired quality faster with C1 than with Aperture.  I don’t quite like C1’s DAM, but does seem better than Lr’s (as near as I can tell). 

I will watch with interest how Photos develops. I don’t rule out switching to it, if it gets the requisite professional features. Aperture is, alas, history for me.

One final thought about Apple’s strategy: My 80-year old mother is a film photographer who has never been able to make the leap to digital photography because products like iPhoto and Aperture are just too complicated for her.  I just spent a week with her and showed her how she could manipulate photos taken on her iPhone with the Photos App.  She started to get it and she can now send me her photos via email.  

If Photos for Mac OS allows people like my mother to do digital photography, I will defend Apple’s decision.   — You should have seen how her face lit up, as she clicked on “send”.

Your experience with your Grandmother is a great example of where I think Photos is aimed - those folks who simply want to make changes, have some organization and share.

I’d love to delve right into Photos, but I also don’t want to take time away from organizing my own photos in Aperture. I think people out there will love Photos, but initially, not us who want a bit (or alot) more from it.

I forgot to research CaptureOne so thanks for mentioning it. It’s another option I’ll keep an eye on :)

Cheers,
Brian

 

In my estimate,  Aperture’s DAM is great.  Yes, the editing is a little lacking, but it works for almost everything I need.  

I downloaded the Capture1 trial and my one  month with it has been enlightening.  The setup and customization was time consuming but it is definitely the route I will go when I eventually move everything.  I have a huge library going back to 2004 when I was a daily news photographer.  

I’d like to give Photos a try before doing anything.  Not that I think it will suite my needs, I’m just dreading the amount of work that it will take to move to Capture1.  I figure I should give photos a try before doing anything.  Perhaps procrastination will pay off with a lower price on Capture1.

One thing I will definitely miss is Aperture’s ability to manage my iPhone images along with my RAW images.  My Photo Stream images are nicely packaged each month.  And, when I want to share an image on instagram from my RAW archive… I simply drag an image to my Photo Stream.  It converts and uploads to iCloud, where I can access it from my phone and bring it into instagram.  It is the simplest workflow for this that I’ve encountered (admittedly, I have’t done a lot of research).  This will have to be modified to include a trip through Photos in the future.  Perhaps an Automator action or script will make it a simple workflow.

So, going forward…. Capture1 for the RAW and job processing; Photos App for my iPhone/sharing.  Not a big deal, but certainly not as nice as having everything in one place.  Anything beats going near Lightroom.  

One more thing:  80 year-old moms shooting film and sharing on her iPhone… Awsome!

I have to say, converting my 425 Gig Aperture library (with pics from 2004 until today, similar to you) over to a new C1 catalog happened much quicker and with a lot less trouble than I expected.

I basically just relocated my masters to a new folder structure, seperated my library into smaller chunks (because the C1 importer has trouble with converting bigger libraries, take care!) and then imported them one by one, which took a few hours on my Mac Pro 2010 (actual importing, rebuilding all the previews etc.). After starting on a Sunday morning, I had a fully working catalog with everything in its place practically by late afternoon same day.

It’s really not that big of a deal. You just have to have a solid plan and a proper setup. If your Aperture library is in good shape, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

I plan on staying with Aperture, until it is no longer possible or Photos and/or Lightroom or DxO meet my needs.  I love Aperture.  There is very little that can’t be done with the help of a few plugins, and the tools are intuitive and powerful.  Yes, I said it.  I LOVE APERTURE

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Daniel Plumer Photography

Same here.

Hi Matt,

I’m with Aperture for now as well. I’m purely an amateur looking for a way to keep my family photos organized. I’m still in the process of importing photos from past generations, as well as my own current collection and keywording etc..

So until Photos catches up (if it will - yet to be seen), I’ll stick with AP.  Whenever it officially stops working or unless Photos does level up, then I’ll decide what to do in terms of other software.  LR does look promising.

I’ve also found Mylio.  http://mylio.com/   It looks promising as well although not cheap as it’s more expensive than LR per year from what I remember.

From a business point of view, I believe there is a huge opportunity to help my clients organize their own photo libraries. Unfortunately, I have no desire to learn anything of Windows so learning something like Mylio or LR would allow me to be cross compatible. Either that or I’ll only choose to work with clients on Mac.  I’m not judging anyone because we’re all different and have different needs/abilities, but it’s incredible the cases I’ve come across where people don’t even know how to delete a photo from their device or how to back them up.  I truly feel for them.  Yet, there is a desire to keep their photos organized.

Cheers,
Brian

 

I find most photo editors capable of giving good results once you learn their strengths and weaknesses. My main concern is a photo software’s DAM capabilities and how they work with importing photos. This is where Aperture shines for me. When importing photos, I can put them where I want on my hard drive/external drives, etc. with pre-sets for re-naming each image, captions, keyword sets, location, photographer and copyright information and an initial set of adjustments based on my camera’s setup. I will be most critical of any new software product in this area.

I also need good export options or tools for re-sizing and watermarking for web sharing and for uploading to Smugmug (though I could do a local export before uploading). 

Like many here, I do not like the direction Adobe is going in though, if Apple had gone the subscription route with Aperture, I would not have thought choice about joining.  Fickle I am. :)

I can only concur with the above as a very enthusiastic amateur and software fiddler.

I have C1v8 and DXOv10 and I’ve tried various DAM options such as Media Pro (doesn’t work with C1) and Photo Supreme but the more I try the more I realise just what a fantastic product Aperture really is ….

I will continue with Aperture as long as possible and use the time to really get my library in good shape before the inevitable move to …..?

I share the author’s feelings about Adobe’s business model. I currently do most of my image work through plugins in Aperture (Nik, PT Lens, Photomatix mostly). Currently the only way to continue doing so will be to move to LR, so I’m going to adopt a wait and see approach.

I think Lightroom and Capture One both offer a better package than Aperture in some respects. For example, you reference PT Lens. We all have wanted an adjustment brick that could remedy lens distortion and keystone effect. Both LR and C1 can do that on the raw file. No burning an RGB file you have to round-trip somewhere. Saves LOTS of disk space to not have to render and store RGB files when that correction is offered in the transformation process of your raw processing system. Nik / onOne offer special effects and “easy” access to enhancements that one can achieve right in LR and C1 if they learn more about the tools. Stitching will always require RGB round-tripping.

…. then I changed my mind.
I had tried out Photo Supreme as alternative DAM and found it rather clumsy. ACDseepro actually rather good as standalone and hard to beat with their offer at $30.
Then I thought I should stop going blank every time I hear the Adobe word and find out how Lightroom actually shapes up. (I had developed a bit of a block having tried several versions of Photoshop and not liked anything about it. I was very happy with Aperture having invested in several books and Joseph’s excellent courses.)
I downloaded LR5 and immediately got tangled up in their Cloud and subscription talk. I was about to bin it but decided to persist for a while.
Aperture files transferred very easily and needed very little tidy up. LR5 surprised me as it proved a breath of fresh air and provided what I was looking for in most part. I have moved around 14,000 files across. I have tried it out with my other programs such as NIK / DXO / Elements11 / oNOne / Topaz and they all work - dare I say it - better.
I was surprised to find Geo tagging, Keywords (especially) and workflow generally very easy and even more surprisingly - logical. Developing and printing are very powerful and straightforward. (Mail integration is basic but works OK)
I should add that I scrapped the Trial version of LR5 and bought a downloaded standalone version from Amazon. Hopefully LR6 will offer a standalone version as I have no interest in renting software or Adobe Cloud.
I was bitterly disappointed when Apple dumped Aperture but I couldn’t be more delighted with LR5 and my library has never been in such good shape even after 5 days. Results are excellent and very fast to achieve.
Aperture is off my dock and I will use “Photos” to send pics of the children to Granny on her iPad as Apple seems intent on targetting.

Btw it would be good if the comment software didn’t strip returns.

It should only be doing that in the mobile view. I've tried dozens of HTML editors for mobile and they all suck. If you're on a desktop it works as expected. On mobile, it's plain-text only.

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I too am very very impressed with LR and I am using the cloud app as the cheapest way to get to try it out.  May spring for the latest version soon as I can figure out the darn file structure. Would love some advise on how to set up the file structure and b/u strategies. 

Jim H

I’ll also stick with Aperture, for a while.  I’ve tried every version of LR and never considered it better than Aperture (or even as good).  I haven’t used Adobe products since CS3.  I always objected to their 12 - 18 month Tax cycle which they’ve now made into a monthly tax cycle.  I have other software titles which I access directly from within Aperture.  That Photo’s doesn’t have this capability is a crushing blow 

Indeed. I always thought combining database and editing into a single app was a kludge at best but Aperture does a fair job. We’ve reached a point in software and hardware I think where even power users find every need met somewhere short of the apex of the ‘improvement’ curve. PS5 is quite powerful; similarly Excel of five years ago. And a mid level iMac over the past five years or more is a very powerful unit. I like the new candy very much but I’m still not a master of aperture (unlike our genial host who, in my view, is theAperture King and made his leap far too quickly). I’m staying with Aperture (and thinking abt Capture One). Excluding direct calls to editors is a deal-breaker for me as well.

I've made the leap only because eventually I'll have to, and it's my job here to help everyone else figure out where to go. If I waited until the last minute, that wouldn't be helpful to everyone else :-) I'm working in Lightroom now, and will give Capture One a try soon.

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Looking forward to your comments following C1 trials. I’m certainly glad I moved over and chose C1 for my Aperture replacement. Very powerful with visually pleasing results.

Regards, Barry

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