Summary: This imaging work-flow application isn't the Holy Grail many hoped it would be, but Apple Aperture could make life easier for photographers who need to sort through large numbers of photographs quickly and efficiently.
Pros: Excellent sorting and organizing tools; very fast on the right hardware; smooth work flow from one task to another; attractive interface.
Cons: Requires high-end system for optimal results; closed architecture; all images stored in single, monolithic library; subpar interaction with other applications.
Summary: This raw work-flow application isn't the Holy Grail many hoped it would be, but Apple Aperture 1.5 could make life easier for photographers who need to cull, retouch, and output large numbers of photographs quickly and efficiently.
Pros: Excellent retouching tools in a streamlined interface; delivers great results; integrated color management.
Cons: No Windows version; relatively steep hardware requirements; limited Apple support options; restrictive file-management system; no curves view or editor.
Conclusion: Despite its sleek, state-of-the-art interface and many excellent features, Aperture 1.0.1's occasional bugginess and generally inferior RAW image rendering make it hard to recommend to professional photographers. But Apple has a track record of finding great improvements and innovations in version 2. Hold off until then.
Pros: Sleek interface. Background image importing. Strong management features. "Smart" Web galleries and albums. Excellent output options. Non-destructive image editing.
Cons: Requires a very powerful system. No full-image zoom beyond 100 percent. Generally inferior RAW format rendering. Lacks important adjustment tools. Bug in export of TIFF metadata.
Conclusion: For under $80, Apple's Aperture gets you capable pro-level photo workflow and editing software for your iPhoto library.
Pros: Clear interface. Wide raw camera file support. Good organizational tools, including face recognition and geo-location. No import needed to use iPhoto library. Excellent output options, including soft proofing. Support for iCloud Photo Stream and MacBook with Retina display. Good value for money.
Cons: Weak noise and chromatic aberration correction. Minimal video editing. No geometry correction tools. Mac-only.
Excerpt: In a perfect world, photos would magically transport themselves from your camera to a safe location, fully metatagged and color corrected. Alas, the professional's workflow is not that simple. In a digital age, a streamlined workflow hinges on two factors: photo viewing speed and editing agility. Apple's Aperture 2.1 addresses both...
Apple’s Aperture 1.5.2 Update; Is Apple’s Aperture Getting Better With Age?
1 June 2001
Excerpt: It has been about a year since I first tried Apple's Aperture, reported on in the May 2006 issue of Shutterbug (available at www.shutterbug.com; type Aperture into the Search box). Since, Aperture has been updated via automatic upgrades from Apple. The Apple Aperture application for professional photographers as I described in my report was the first of its kind devoted...
Apple’s Aperture; Digital Camera Image Management, Processing, Editing, And Output—All In One
1 May 2001
Excerpt: With so many digital SLR cameras sold in the last few years it was inevitable that programmers would put together solutions to serve all of the needs of photographers in a comprehensive application. That Apple would be out front with their slick and powerful Aperture application, I think, caught some off guard. But considering all the independent activity in conversion support...
Excerpt: With Apple announcing that development of Aperture , its professional photo application has ceased, it seems that the epic, almost ten-year battle between Aperture and arch-rival Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is in its final days. So it's worth looking at the current strengths of both professional photo applications to judge whether to stick with Apple or shift allegiance.
Excerpt: We’ve been testing Apple’s Aperture 3 photo management software for a little over a month and as we integrated it into our day-to-day photography workflow, we realized that it is a well-rounded and thoughtful application that’s designed to appeal to novices as well as professionals, which if you think about it is a daunting task.