Okay, I'm still trying to decide between Aperture and LR4. I have downloaded the trial version of LR4 and I can see where there is a significant learning curve in order to be able to use the program and accomplish the desired results. I do think LR4 may have the edge on technical quality, and certainly commitment to the future, but I still think both are very close for my use. I believe Aperture is going to be better for what I need a PP program to do, and certainly a more user friendly interface, but I have some concerns. I hear quite a bit about the program crashing and running slowly or getting bogged down. If this is true, that alone would be a deal killer for me, although LR4 is not particularly fast as I understand either. I hope some of you that use Aperture will give me some feedback on your experiences with it. I am running a new iMac OS X with 8 gigs of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive along with a Lacie 2TB external hard drive. This alone, coming from a windows machine running vista has been a learning experience in itself and my brain is a little tired, LOL. Any input would be greatly appreciated ladies and gentlemen!
Thanks! I had heard of folks having crash and slow run problems and wondered if it was a program problem or a machine problem. I don't have that large of a library, certainly not big enough to slow anything down, but my machine only runs at 5400 rpm, and I expect it not to be as fast as some of the machines which run 7200, and I'm okay with that. I believe I'm going to go with Aperture simply because of the interface and the fact that I will be able to transition from iphoto to Aperture rather easily I think. Thanks again for your input!
I love Aperture, but it did take a while to learn how to use it. It's relationship to iPhoto is not really that close, although you can open iPhoto libraries in Aperture and vice versa. You don't mention how you shoot- both Aperture and Lightroom really shine when you shoot RAW.
The main gripe I have with Aperture is that there is not the built in lens distortion correction that you get in Adobe Camera Raw. There are plugins available(PTLens). Of course if you have photoshop you can always fire that up.
The facilities for making slideshows and books are excellent.
At the price they charge, it's very good value.
You will also find a lot of worry about Apples commitment to the program as its been a few years since the last big release(V2-V3), but at the price it's still excellent value.
Yes, I plan on adding more RAM in the not to distant future. I don't know how keen I am on someone removing the screen to install more yet however. After all, it is still new to me and this is my 1st Mac, so I'm still in the learning process with what I have. I have really tried to get to know LR 4 with the trial and video tutorials, but it is quite a program to get to understand it seems to me. I have a Aperture series downloaded, and I'm not having nearly as much trouble learning and understanding it as I am LR 4, maybe it's just me, don't know. My shooting is mostly, well all JPEG as I have never tried RAW. I've been photographing a long time, but just in the last year or two, began to get serious with it. I am learning so much being a part of this community, and it is really exciting to think about where I can go to with photography! I really appreciate everyones help and posts!
No, mine is the new thin design at the top, bottom and sides. I've seen the ones like the diagram, but the new macs no longer have access to inside unless you remove the screen. I looked when I took it out of the box and knew then there was no way of getting inside of it.