I recently purchased a new IMac computer and I am thinking about up grading my software. I currently use Elements 9 but am considering LR4 or Aperture. One some images I have to use the clone tool to remove things. It is my understanding LR and Aperture do not have this type of function. My question is should I use LR because it should work better with elements or can I use Apeture?
#1. "RE: Which software to purchase" In response to Reply # 0
there is a cloning/healing tool in Lightroom (in the 'Develop module') but I'm not sure if it works exactly like in Elements. I have never used Aperture, so I cannot comment it.
I also upgraded from Elements to Lightroom 1.0 a few years ago. I think it extended the features in Elements in many ways but I cannot comment the differences with the latest version of Elements.
I recommend downloading Lightroom 4.1 and trying it out first.
A tip: you may want to import your current images to your evaluation version of Lightroom but be careful not to MOVE them in the import process so that the images remain accessible from Elements as well. For example, you could either COPY them to make duplicates of the images or just ADD them to the catalogue while keeping the image files in the original location. Please note that Lightroom does not modify original files, so you could just ADD them to the catalogue.
Once you have a few images in Lightroom, you can switch to the Development module (just click the 'Develop' text in the upper right corner) and see if the tools are to your satisfaction.
If you decide to switch to Lightroom, learn enough about the import process so that your migration from Elements to Lightroom goes as smoothly as possible.