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04/01/2017 05:56:18 PM · #1
I get very cheesed off when a favourite bit of software gets made redundant. I have to say that Aperture was a piece of software that I loved and greatly missed it. I know it is still usable - but with no updates it seemed pointless to continue. I am using Lightroom - but it just doesn't grab me the same way Aperture did. It isn't as if I started on Aperture. I actually started on Lightroom ( version 2 - I think) and then swapped over to Aperture. I have been back on Lightroom for the past 12 months. It certainly is more powerful ( mainly due to the fact of constant updates) but I just don't find the workflow and layout to my tastes. It supprises me that Apple hasn't sold ( Aperure) it off , so some other developer could continue with it. I'm sure they would have a market.
Anyone still using it regardless ?
04/01/2017 06:26:30 PM · #2
Yes. I still use it and will continue to do so until it no longer works. I have LR , but have never liked the user interface. Granted it has more powerful editing tools, but I still much prefer the way Aperture performs. I find LR very slow and clunky in comparison.

ETA. When the day finally comes and I can no longer use Aperture, I will not use LR but will upgrade my free copy of CaptureOne that came free with my Sony camera. I prefer that software to LR

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04/01/2017 07:32:54 PM · #3
No, I've abandoned Aperture. It made me angry at the time, but now I know what LrCC and PsCC can do. I understand why Apple did not go forward with support and development of Aperture. The Adobe professional photographer products (Lr & Ps) outpaced Apple's. It wasn't close. I am currently at MacOS Sierra v.10.12.3 with LrCC 2015.9 & PsCC 2017.0.1. I couldn't be happier and I no longer miss Apple's Aperture. And, I totally hate Apple's "Photos".

Adobe made it very easy and convenient to convert my Aperture library to LrCC friendly files. That was a lot of raw files over the years to convert, but I've had no problems.

Of special help with the transition to Lr and use of Lr, Anthony Morganti's youtube LrCC tutorials were very helpful.
04/01/2017 07:33:09 PM · #4
I guess I never got indoctrinated to Aperture since I don't run Mac Os on any of my machines... I do agree that the Lr interface was originally a challenge to like, but at this point (I've used it since before 1.0, in the days when it was known as RawShooter Pro) It feels like a comfy old pair of jeans, and I think the workflow is fantastic. As long as initial set-up is done right for your desired storage strategy then importing, culling, keywording, editing, and publishing to the web all work so seamlessly and effortlessly that it's hard to complain. It does take rather substantial hardware to really run it well, but that's going to be true of any software that can handle today's large RAW files.
04/01/2017 08:08:19 PM · #5
I made the switch about 3 months ago from Aperture to Lightroom, and I could never go back.

I liked Aperture, but I love Lightroom. The interface isn't bad. It takes a little getting used to, but after a week or so, I felt at home.

Why I love Lightroom:
* Lightroom Mobile. I'm supervising the girls as they take a bath, and I just edited a bunch of photos from this morning from my iPad. I will finish edits on my MacBook Pro, and then post them. So much nicer than hauling the laptop to the bathroom.
* Radial and Graduated filters are just lovely. Really, they are
* Dehaze is a wonderful thing
* Apertures "catalog" is shit. Lightroom doesn't hide your files. Much nicer overall
* The Adobe Color space handling si so much better, and results in significantly better photos
* Built in lens corrections means I haven't had to use a plugin like DxO
* Noise reduction is really good. Still not as good as Topaz, but good enough for the 95% of photos
* Sharpen masks make sharpening accurately a breeze
* Other edits are so good, I don't have to go to plugins nearly as often.
* My stock photo acceptance rate since using Lightroom has went from about 30% to 90%. I attribute most of this to the editing capabilities

Really, if you are still using Aperture, you need to consider Lightroom. It will change your world for the better.
04/29/2017 04:15:46 AM · #6
I am wondering if anyone has Luminar ? I noticed that Scott Kerby has done some plug ins for it. It can be used as a plug in for Lightroom and Aperture as well as a stand alone program. It may give new life to Aperture ( except for new cameras of course).
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