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AppleAperture 2 Software for Mac OS X
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate colors (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Easy to navigate (7)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (6)
  • Easy to customize (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to navigate (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (12)
  • Presentations (4)
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    • Quality oriented (12)
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    • Business (7), Personal (6)

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It's not supposed to be Photoshop

I have used Aperture since version 1. It is so far the best Photo management software available. Many people complain that its "not Photoshop"... there right its not. Its...Read complete review

I have used Aperture since version 1. It is so far the best Photo management software available. Many people complain that its "not Photoshop"... there right its not. Its not supposed to be. Photoshop is the best photo editing program out there hands down. Though Aperture has a good handful of editing tools it is designed to manage photo librarys. Compared to PS lightroom I feel the navigation in Aperture to be more intuitive. The screens are clean and simple. No need for a pretty fleurdelis in my menus. I feel the best part in its management ability s is the option of having one photo in several projects without file duplication. I have used iPhoto, Picasa, Lightroom, and Bridge to manage my photos an all of them duplicate your images for each file you want them in.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too Powerful but Cleanly Designed

I've recently converted from the now dead iView MediaPro where I had 150,000 imagers catalogued. I spent much time comparing Aperture and Lightroom before settling on Aperture. I was not especially interested in the...Read complete review

I've recently converted from the now dead iView MediaPro where I had 150,000 imagers catalogued. I spent much time comparing Aperture and Lightroom before settling on Aperture. I was not especially interested in the editing tools in either program as I do my editing in Photoshop. Both programs required fiddling to get my metadata into the new software, but I found migration paths for both.

I chose Aperture because the interface was much cleaner and it made viewing my images full screen a matter of just hitting "F." In Lightroom the same task took multiple keystrokes in and out of full screen. That was unacceptable to me.

In the end, I still miss some of the features of iView like the ability to easily select multiple collections of images or the ability to have two images open and magnify them to any degree and be in the same spot on both images at once. Sadly, the loupe tool in Aperture strikes me as a toy that makes complicated what should be simple.

When I got lots of images loaded both programs were slugging on my new MacbookPro, at least compared to iView, but iView isn't there anymore, and it had some nasty habits as well. What I'd really like is for someone to have a program that just does cataloging. Editing is another, distinct function. I dislike non-destructive editing as computer data is too easily corrupted. Some day all those edits will be lost due to broken links, unsupported ware, or computer failure. Oh for a program that respects the motto, keep it simple. However Aperture at least has a simple desktop layout and simple functionality.

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4.0

Terrific!

By CGBier

from Saipan, USA

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Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls
  • Easy To Customize
  • Easy To Navigate
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No export for slideshows

Best Uses

  • Educational Purposes
  • Presentations
  • Professional Quality

Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

I use it for about six months now. This app is absolutely powerful. Although it is easy to do the first steps, it is a very complex package going very deep.

The beauty is that it works non-destructive and one can create several versions of a picture. Cataloging is simple and highly customizable.
There are some very useful tools (e.g. light table) built in.

4gig of RAM and a 24" screen should be minimum.

Aperture was never meant to be a replacement for Photoshop. I wonder where that came from.

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5.0

Just what I needed!

By Islander

from Manteo, NC

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Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls
  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Quality

    Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

    I just started shooting in RAW and this offers more adjustments and better photo organization than Iphoto.

    The Exploring Aperture guidebook with the sample projects was a great introduction to the software.

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    4.0

    Better than iPhoto

    By PhotoMac

    from Annapolis, MD

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    Pros

    • Easy To Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Quality

      Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

      This tool is great for organizing libraries, and has just the tools I need to begin working with RAW Canon EOS 7d photos.

      It is getting a bit long in the tooth, so I hope Apple updates it soon.

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      4.0

      Too much for of a good thing!

      By lazjay

      from NYC

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      Pros

      • Accurate Colors and Controls
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Navigate
      • For non pros -too much

      Best Uses

      • Professional Quality

      Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

      Fairly advanced software for less advanced (non professional) users make this program's language confusing and reaching for photo-software buzz word dictionary constantly.

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      4.0

      Great Product

      By Michelle

      from Atlanta, GA

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      Pros

      • Accurate Colors and Controls
      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
      • Easy To Customize
      • Easy To Navigate
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Quality

        Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

        Kinda hard to use at first, but after watching the tutorials on the Apple website it was very easy to get used to. It helps take your photos to the next level.

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        3.0

        Too Powerful but Cleanly Designed

        By Tooter

        from Connecticut

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        Pros

        • Accurate Colors and Controls
        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy To Navigate
        • Sometimes easy to customi

        Cons

        • Poor photoshop integratio

        Best Uses

        • Professional Quality

        Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

        I've recently converted from the now dead iView MediaPro where I had 150,000 imagers catalogued. I spent much time comparing Aperture and Lightroom before settling on Aperture. I was not especially interested in the editing tools in either program as I do my editing in Photoshop. Both programs required fiddling to get my metadata into the new software, but I found migration paths for both.

        I chose Aperture because the interface was much cleaner and it made viewing my images full screen a matter of just hitting "F." In Lightroom the same task took multiple keystrokes in and out of full screen. That was unacceptable to me.

        In the end, I still miss some of the features of iView like the ability to easily select multiple collections of images or the ability to have two images open and magnify them to any degree and be in the same spot on both images at once. Sadly, the loupe tool in Aperture strikes me as a toy that makes complicated what should be simple.

        When I got lots of images loaded both programs were slugging on my new MacbookPro, at least compared to iView, but iView isn't there anymore, and it had some nasty habits as well. What I'd really like is for someone to have a program that just does cataloging. Editing is another, distinct function. I dislike non-destructive editing as computer data is too easily corrupted. Some day all those edits will be lost due to broken links, unsupported ware, or computer failure. Oh for a program that respects the motto, keep it simple. However Aperture at least has a simple desktop layout and simple functionality.

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        • Business

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        4.0

        A bit complicated , but very useful

        By grumpygolfer

        from Fairfax VA

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        Pros

        • Accurate Colors and Controls
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

          A bit of a learning curve, but well worth the time invested in learning the "ropes". There are some huge advantages in working with your pictures on a MAC. I have quite a bit of experience working on a PC, but there are quite a few advantages working with the MAC platform. Difficult to compare, but I am happy with this software, I may have a better opinion in a month or so.

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          4.0

          Great Tool and Getting Better

          By iampatrick

          from Minneapolis MN

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          Pros

          • Accurate Colors and Controls
          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
          • Easy To Customize
          • Easy To Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Freezes or Crashes

          Best Uses

          • Presentations
          • Professional Quality

          Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

          I love Aperture, I have been using it from 2008 to current. On the road with my Fifty State Tour it has been improved the time it takes in organizing, creating books, editing and more. I cant wait to see what is next for this product in 3.0

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          5.0

          It's not supposed to be Photoshop

          By E

          from AZ

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          Pros

          • Accurate Colors and Controls
          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
          • Easy To Customize
          • Easy To Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Presentations
            • Professional Quality

            Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

            I have used Aperture since version 1. It is so far the best Photo management software available. Many people complain that its "not Photoshop"... there right its not. Its not supposed to be. Photoshop is the best photo editing program out there hands down. Though Aperture has a good handful of editing tools it is designed to manage photo librarys. Compared to PS lightroom I feel the navigation in Aperture to be more intuitive. The screens are clean and simple. No need for a pretty fleurdelis in my menus. I feel the best part in its management ability s is the option of having one photo in several projects without file duplication. I have used iPhoto, Picasa, Lightroom, and Bridge to manage my photos an all of them duplicate your images for each file you want them in.

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            5.0

            EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            By rggstuff

            from Youngstown. Ohio

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            Pros

            • Accurate Colors and Controls
            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
            • Easy To Customize
            • Easy To Navigate
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Educational Purposes
              • Presentations
              • Professional Quality

              Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

              AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A NEW OWNER OF THE MACBOOK PRO, I'VE FOUND APERTURE 2 TO BE VERY USEFUL ON THE JOB AND IS EASY TO WORK WITH !!

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              4.0

              good product

              By geri

              from boynton beach, florida

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              Pros

              • Accurate Colors and Controls
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Still learning the produc

              Best Uses

              • Professional Quality

              Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

              i'm in the process of learning aperture for the i mac. so far, so good. it's taking awhile to get accustomed to using it, but seems to be just what i was looking for.

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              3.0

              Just doesn't cut it

              By Dan

              from Niceville, FL

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              Pros

              • Accurate Colors and Controls
              • Easy to create Prints

              Cons

              • Difficult To Navigate

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

                As a photography enthusiast, no professional by any means, it took me awhile to learn all what Aperture 2 can do, and after having it a full year what I have learned is that it really can't do much. It does a great job for color alterations and some basic editing but I keep finding myself more limited by the software than enabled. One of the best features that the program has to offer is direct purchasing of prints, that I have used many times, which the quality and price is great. To summon up, what you get is a relatively inexpensive software, compared to Photoshop, and what you get is not what you expect from a top of the line Apple product.

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                3.0

                Capable and Competent... But Slow

                By Little Radio

                from Chicago

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Navigate

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Quality

                  Comments about Apple Aperture 2 Software for Mac OS X:

                  Doesn't exactly live up to Apple's reputation for elegance and user friendliness... still it's a somewhat powerful image management piece of programming.

                  Running on Apple's 8-core Xeon 2.8 Ghz workstation with 8 Gig of RAM, I'd expect better performance. Photo controls are good, but it's no substitute for Photoshop.

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