Excerpt: (1 items) The Mac App Store has changed how we access and update software. A perfect example is the latest release of Aperture. Version 3.3.1 is a dot release of software that’s more that two years old ( ), yet it includes many enhancements and features that in the past may have been the foundation of Aperture 4. So we don’t get a new box (or DVD) to put on the shelf, but there’s also no charge for this upgrade, which is essentially a rewritten application.
Pros: Retina display support, Overall performance improvement on compatible Macs, Faster importing, especially for Raw shooters, No cost to upgrade, AVCHD video support, Cleaner user interface, Improved editing tools, Unified library structure for iPhoto/Aperture
Cons: Requires Mac OS X 10.7.4, Some may miss advanced Highlights/Shadows sliders
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.
Conclusion: If you're deep into the Apple ecosystem and serious about digital photography, Aperture should probably be your workflow software choice. This is especially true if you just dropped over £2,000 on a new Retina MacBook and want to work with digital photography on it (which, I can tell you, is a dream) then you owe it to yourself to get Aperture.
Pros: Clear interface, Wide raw camera file support, Excellent output options, Support for Retina display MacBook Pro
Cons: Weak noise correction, No geometry correction tools
Conclusion: If you work on a Windows system, the choice between Lightroom and Aperture is easy; since there's no Windows version of Aperture, your choice is made for you. On a PowerPC G5 or G4-based Mac, Lightroom's less demanding system requirements make it the more attractive alternative. But what if you have all the horsepower a tower chassis can contain? The answer is still the more-efficient Lightroom.
Pros: No Windows version, Relatively steep hardware requirements, Limited Apple support options, Restrictive file-management system, No curves view or editor
Cons: Excellent retouching tools in a streamlined interface, Delivers great results, Integrated colour management
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 colour management
Cons: No Windows version, Relatively steep hardware requirements, Limited Apple support options, Restrictive file-management system, No curves view or editor