I migrated out of Aperture but maybe I shouldn't have panicked. A good friend is using it, and very efficiently right now. The new PacPhun apps come with plug-ins for Aperture (along with Photoshop, etc) that add almost anything aperture lacks. That and the always fantastic file handling and creation of an attached second file when using a plug-in, etc. really works. She's delaying her migration indefinitely at present, waiting to see what the Fall's system update has in store for her. Her patience is paying off for now.
Oh man… this goes back a ways. 15 years, to be exact. Check out this old video of me on Apple stages in 2004 showing Motion at NAB and Apple Expo Paris!