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AppleAperture 3 Software
 
4.5

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate (30)
  • Versatile (29)
  • Accurate colors (21)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (19)
  • Easy to customize (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (19)
  • Presentations (9)
  • Educational purposes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (31), Budget shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (35), Business (8)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Aperture 3, [...]

I just purchased an Apple computer so I would be able to use Aperture as my photo software.I'm very happy that I made the change to Apple and Aperture 3. I take my picture...Read complete review

I just purchased an Apple computer so I would be able to use Aperture as my photo software.I'm very happy that I made the change to Apple and Aperture 3. I take my picture using RAW format and A3 does an excellent job handling my large files from my Sony A900. I find that A3 is very good in creating specific files that are easy to locate and process.The adjustments part of A3 is outstanding, you are able to preview and select from Presets and well as make individual adjustments.I have been using Capture One and I'm now finding that I'm using A3 for the majority of my time.[...]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A real disappointment

I'm technically savvy and have been doing photography for over 40 years. I bought Aperture in large part to use add-ins (having recently bought a fish eye lens), and was hoping that the...Read complete review

I'm technically savvy and have been doing photography for over 40 years. I bought Aperture in large part to use add-ins (having recently bought a fish eye lens), and was hoping that the upgrade from IPhoto would be worth it.

Aperture is a disappointment, and maybe I'm not there target audience, but the software simply is not intuitive to me. Everything from editing existing pictures, to deleting one I didn't want didn't just "happen", which is unusual for Apple products. This plus my difficulty on installing an add-in (in my case, Hemi) was not intuitive and I could not find any help in their documentation (or just lost interest).

Candidly, unless there's some other reason to do so, I would pass this software by.

Reviewed by 46 customers

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5.0

great program

By jim

from north salem ny

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
  • Easy to Customize
  • Easy to Navigate
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

      apple software is the best and i have tried then all

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      This is GREAT!!!

      By JW

      from ft. lauderdale, fl

      About Me Aspiring photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Navigate

      Cons

      • Slow

      Best Uses

      • Photo editing

      Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

      Aspiring photographer. Needed an editing software and was recommended by a progessional photographer. Great purchase...

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      awesome

      By goroush

      from chesapeake

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Navigate

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

        awesome
        software

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Cheaper than Apple!

        By jhnyguitar

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Navigate
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur photographers
          • Casual shooters

          Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

          Purchased from BH because it was cheaper than getting from [...] I purchased Aperture because I thought I should learn it. I know Lightroom and felt I should familiarize myself with the "other" app. I have to say that it isn't geared for the pro like Lightroom. It's a little lacking in the intuitive aspect. The naming of things is pretty silly. The social connectivity is also pretty silly unless you're a casual shooter. It's a powerful app, though, and has it's place.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great value

          By Tynnox

          from Juneau, AK

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
          • Easy to Customize
          • Easy to Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

            Awsome

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Nice product from the Apple folks

            By arnnie

            from Tennessee

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Navigate
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Needs built in Watermark

            Best Uses

            • Post processing

            Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

            Just beginning with post processing. Had the trial version of Aperture 3 and really liked it, especially since I'm an Apple user.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Still learning

            By JGro

            from Venezia, Italy

            About Me Hobbyist, Travel

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • In The Studio

              Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

              There is a lot to learn, so I don't know if I quilify as an expert on this.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Good photo Organizer

              By Steve

              from Cleveland, OH

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photo Editing
                • Photo Organizer

                Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                I use this primarily as my photo organizer and first pass editing. For more detailed editing I use Adobe Elements 9. Really disappointed in Elements organizer since you cannot cross folders. Aperture 3 offers a very good photo organizing system and relatively easy photo editing. Overall I was very pleased.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Very Useful

                By vwammodog

                from Paradise, wa

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • File organization
                • Makes editing easy

                Cons

                • Getting used to it

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                  After some good reviews and needing a faster way to manage and edit a large amount of photos. I went with the Aperture 3. I find Aperture very useful for make quick adjustments and photo edits. Much easier that working in photoshop for that. Comes with a nice tutorial if you take the time.
                  Takes a little getting used to since it handles the file differently than other programs.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Software!!

                  By Enthusiastic Photographer

                  from Rio Rancho, NM

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                  Aperture is perfect for my workflow. I don't like to do crazy manipulations to the image and Aperture allows for the perfect balance of tweaks that are needed. If you need to manipulate the image further, Aperture allows this by the way of plugins/brushes and the ability to edit any photo in an external application. I love how you can put your files in a directory structure of your choosing and you can use Apertures Projects/Folders/Smart Albums to organize them!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Consider this if you use a Mac

                  By John

                  from I travel the USA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Quality

                    Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                    This is a management program that just feels natural to a Mac user. Editing is included but it is easy to add other stand alone programs that work inside and outside Aperture that create unlimited possibilities. In my case I am trying to avoid the steep learning curve of Photoshop. Please note that Apple has just cut the price of Aperture, I guess to increase use and encourage 3rd party developers to create more programs (applications). The alternative, of course, is Lightroom which should be considered if you want to concentrate on Photoshop, and you use a PC. It is my understanding that Aperture 3 will not run on a PC.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Good Choice

                    By griptapeguy

                    from North Michigan

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                    • Easy To Customize
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                        Really Next Level Dude, Recommend to All.

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                        5.0

                        easy to use

                        By frank

                        from san diego

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                            good photo editing for the price.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Tool for Photography

                            By Kay

                            from Western North Carolina

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Quality

                                Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                Looking forward to publish with this software. I looked for a long time to find this depth of software. Only wish would be for a more in depth usage guide on Aperture 3.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Nice Software

                                By HOGWILD

                                from Western Kentucky

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                    Am fairly new to the Mac game, but purchased this to organize my continually growing database of pictures. I like being able to add metadata and easily enhancing photos. I still prefer Photoshop for more in depth photo editing, but Aperture is nice. I had no problems learning how to use the software. There are many tutorials on the web, so support is available.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing Features

                                    By Alan Evans

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                    Absolutely incredible -- much better than I expected

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Work great

                                    By Paul

                                    from Maplewood,nj

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                    Fast, Easy, Just like it should be.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Expensive, but worth it.

                                    By Leo the so so

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Excellent Editing Tools
                                    • Fast
                                    • Keep Library Small

                                    Cons

                                    • Price

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Enthusiast Photographer

                                    Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                    I have over 160GB of photos and videos, I was having a difficult time organizing it on iPhoto and also felt that the editing tools on iPhoto 09 to be very limited. After reading the review on Aperture 3, I decided to give a run on the Aperture 30 free trial. I was not disappointed. The editing tools are several levels of magnitudes better than the ones found on iPhoto, while still being very easy to use. While is not meant to be a Photoshop replacement, Aperture holds all the tools and utilities you will probably need to adjust you photo to its best. Watch the free tutorial on Apple site, they will give a pretty good idea of what can be done with Aperture 3.0. You do not need a fast computer to use it. I have a old laptop and performance is pretty impressive.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    A time killer

                                    By Buck S. Woody

                                    from Roswell, GA

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Occasional freezes

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Does it all

                                    Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                    IPhoto on amphetamines. It does it all and with grace and aplomb. Everything you would want a photo software to do. Except print on pics for poster making. It is in there but hard to find and not quite as good as Shop. In fact I am killing time finding out exactly what it can do. Alot

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                                    • Personal

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Aperture

                                    By erophoto

                                    from Tennessee

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Comments about Apple Aperture 3 Software:

                                      Great product and a great step up from I Photo!

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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