I can’t think of any other big player within the photography software game that doesn’t let you try before you buy except for Apple.
Adobe, onOne, NIK, Topaz Labs etc… all give you a decent trial period and some of them are just plug-ins!!
Every photography or video application I’ve bought from Apple was like “this is it, but it now” from iPhoto, Aperture, FCPX, Compressor and motion. I’m sorry but that just not good enough anymore.
If they don’t stop this ridiculous no trial period I’m switching to LR full time. I still use Aperture because I think they still have a far superior library system but to be honest LR5 is now so good and losing lift and stamp (WTF is that about) one of the best features like cataloguing I think I’m done unless you guys sell it to me. I know lessor products don’t all have trials.
It’s time Apple put there applications on the line and most importantly put FAITH in the products they offer up and begin trial periods like everyone else does. I think it’s arrogant now, or they know that the software won’t cut it. They need to change with the times in this department as I and many other see it as a weakness now.
It really upsets me because Aperture was/is an excellent product until the others pulled so far ahead that Photos better be brilliant or they’ve lost another user to Adobe. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt and won’t jump straight away. It took a long time to get FCPX up to speed so I’m hoping that this wait is because of learning a nasty lesson for that FCPX mistake and are making a kick ass program that will blow everyone away. I do both photography and video so that is why I used the other products as extra examples. These programs are not cheap.