Summary: This Apple software is very affordable with a nice User Interface. It lets you browse quickly through your images, marking the good ones to keep vs. the images that are not worth keeping. It works equally well with RAW and JPG files and allows you to make many, and a good variety of corrections to your images.
Pros: Great Features, Simple Controls
Cons: Missing panoramic feature, Ranking Photos is clumsy
Summary: As a hobbyist, I find this product more versatile than iPhoto, especially its metadata abilities. With a photo library spreading over ten years and several continents there is simply no other way to catalogue and file all the images but by using professional software. I compared it with a similar product by another manufacturer and found Aperture easier to navigate and more intuitive. Moreover, Aperture 2 is less expensive.
Summary: I am a football (soccer) photographer and can do anything up to 500 images a game. These need to be sorted, checked, altered and sent out as soon as possible after the game. I have used Lightroom and currently use Lightroom 2 Beta, after I could not get on with the first Aperture. However, Aperture 2 knocks the socks off Lightroom including the new Beta version.
Pros: Allows tethered links, Easy To Install, Easy To Navigate, Powerful, Versatile, Works Well With Other Software
Summary: Aperture 2.0 is extremely intuitive, as most Mac products are. Having recently decided to catalog 30 years worth of color slides and black-and-white negatives, I bought Aperture as well as Photoshop Elements 6. As far as photo correction and project management, Aperture is far easier than Elements. I find the only thing I use Elements for is to invert a negative to a print. After that I import to Aperture and go from there. Highly recommended.
Pros: Easy To Navigate, Fast and Powerful, Great Features
Summary: This is a product from the future. Really unique. Not just RAW converter but great RAW editor also with great photo management capabilities. I am a semi-pro photographer and my workflow is based on Mac. Actually I switched to Mac because of Aperture. After several months I think I can't live anymore without this software. And can't wait to add Viveza as additional component to my bundle.
Summary: I used Aperture to process sports photography until it crashed! It was faster than Photoshop and Nikon NX for processing up to 1400 photos at a time. However, since the program crashed I have uninstalled and reinstalled the program 4Xs with no success.[...]!Save your money and go with PhotoShop, Nikon NX or another quality company that does care about customer problems and satisfaction!I have been a professional photographer for the last 5 years.