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: Aperture is often referred to as iPhoto on steroids, yet anyone who’s used it will have noticed that although it’s more powerful than iPhoto, it lacks many of the features that make iPhoto fun to use.
Pros: Vastly improved slideshows; impressive new brushes; multi-touch aware; ability to split and merge libraries; easy export to Flickr and Facebook
Cons: Sporadic reports of potential problems when upgrading older libraries; web page creation hasn’t been overhauled; need a powerful Mac and lots of RAM to run well
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.
Conclusion: Aperture 3 is undoubtedly a good bit of software with some excellent features added to the last incarnation. However, it is hard to see many professional photographers and enthusiasts switching from Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to go through the hassle of learning another software package of a type that's notoriously complicated to get to grips with. Naturally, it's worth upgrading if you're using the previous version already.
Pros: Effects brushes with edge detection work very well plus welcome additions of Faces and Places from iPhoto
Cons: Not easy to get to grips with and often frustrating to navigate around; some superfluous features