hi all... does anyone use the apple aperture photo editing software? I'm thinking of getting it...I just upgraded to the mountain lion operating system on my iMac...and capture NX-2 is not compatible with the mountain lion op..this is a bummer...I luv capture NX-2... so that's why I'm looking at the aperture software thanks.... Willie
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Hi Willie, Keep in mind that there are two functions of Aperture. First, it's a digital asset management program that allows you to grade and add tags to each photo for easy search and retrieval. Secondly, Aperture provides many ways to adjust photos similar to Capture NX-2.
I've used Aperture for a few years and really like it. It's not a graphics program like Photoshop or Elements and doesn't do layers. That means you can't do a collage, for example. You also can't overlay graphics or write on the photo, but you can add a watermark.
Maybe that gives you a bit more information about Aperture.
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#3. "RE: aperture software by apple" In response to Reply # 0
Aperture is a nice program and works well on a fast Mac with lots of RAM(think 8GB). Although you can't do layering per se, you can brush in multiple adjustments, which sort of mimics adjustment layers and layer masks in Photoshop. You can also set Aperture to fire up the image for editing in Photoshop or any other image editor.
There's been a lot of discussion about Aperture vs Lightroom(Adobe). At the risk of igniting a flame war, I would argue that the balance of opinion puts LR ahead, especially in the area of house reduction, in the image processing stakes. On balance, Aperture wins out on its image management capabilities.
A new release of Aperture is long overdue, but there have been questions raised about Apple's commitment to Pro software(witness the howls of rage over Final Cut Pro X)
Having said that, I've used Aperture for a couple of years and been very happy with it in the main. It's fast, very stable and I like what it does for my images.
You can download a trial of LR from Adobe. You used to be able to do that for Aperture But I'm not sue if that's possible these days(I'm away from my Mac as I write this).
I'd try each one and see which fits your workflow. Both will give you great results!
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An advantage to using Aperture is that you can link it to photoshop or PSE or any other PP program. Aperture will convert and move any photo(s) into the selected PP for the work you want to do. When you hit save in the other PP it will move the worked on file back into Aperture alongside the original. This process allows you to work in other PP programs and still take advantage of Aperture's superior image management.
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The only moan I have about opening the image in Photoshop is that it doesn't open it into Adobe Camera Raw, even if you tell it to edit the master copy. This means that you can't use Adobe's lens correction functionality direct from Aperture. I guess that sort of makes sense as Aperture has its own RAW convertor. This does give LR an edge as I shoot a fair amount of wide angle and the vignette and other lens correction capability in Aperture is nowhere near as good.
If you want to really tweak an image, and assuming you are using managed libraries, you have to dig into the Aperture library and copy out the original master file. Easy enough if you know what you are doing, but definitely not elegant!
#6. "RE: aperture software by apple" In response to Reply # 5
CNX2 & VNX2 plus APerture are my standard workflow programs on a 27" iMac running OSX10.8.2 or Mountao Lion as you call it. All work seamlessly. CNX2 has 1 big advantage with NEF files it is the ONLY software that lets you import ALL the metadata from a NEF file inc Picture Control etc. Everyone says Aperture cannot do layers, well it can using NIK plug in (Free) Layers but most processing can be achieved without layers in these programs. Being a Nikon user you will find some processing easy in CNX2 thats not intuitive in Aperture but the organizing & speed of Aperture is 2nd to none & once thru the learning curve Aperture is a superb program. Tom