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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)

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    (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

    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.

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                • 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.

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                  • 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

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          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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                                    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

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  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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                                                  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.

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                                                  • 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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                                                  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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