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Old Oct 17th, 2008, 07:48 AM   #1
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Moving from Lightroom to Aperture

After about 12 months of trying to use Lightroom 1.1, I've decided to switch to Aperture. I know there is a new version of Lightroom but I'm loath to offer Adobe another $99 after wasting $150 on the original.

From a functionality standpoint, Lightroom is great but it's so unstable, I find myself manually restarting my Mac every other time I use Lightroom. I can't even Force Quit it when it locks up.

So, anyone go through the process of migrating 2000 plus photos from Lightroom to Aperture? If I just move the files over from one folder to another, I'm assuming I lose my edits. Am I relegated to having to export from Lightroom into an empty folder in order to preserve edits?
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Old Oct 17th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #2
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Seriously you should check out the new version. It's an awesome application and may very well correct some of your issues.

I was in the extended beta of LR 2 and it really is excellent.
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Old Oct 17th, 2008, 08:06 AM   #3
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I wouldn't give up on Lightroom just yet for at least 4 reasons:

- Instability is strange as LR is less resource hungry than Aperture. You mention that you are using 1.1. Any reason you have not gone to the free upgrades to 1.4? - This may solve your stability problems.

- LR2 has finally cracked the file organisation and handling of external hard drives.

- You will lose all your non destructive edits. Of course you can export all edited pictures as high quality jpgs or tiffs etc, ut you will not be able to hop from LR to A.

- Localised edits are a feature of LR2 but need a bolt-on app. on Aperture, i.e. more cash.

All in all I would download a 30 day trial of LR2: it is free and you can keep an intact copy of your LR1 library while playing around with the new version.
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Does LR2 offer such informative dialog boxes as this:
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Obviously you are pretty bitter about version 1 but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least try the new version.

If you don't try it for yourself you will never know if it meets your needs. If it doesn't work for you, delete it and go to Aperture. No single application is going to do everything for everyone exactly the way they all want it done.
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Obviously you are pretty bitter about version 1 but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least try the new version.

If you don't try it for yourself you will never know if it meets your needs. If it doesn't work for you, delete it and go to Aperture. No single application is going to do everything for everyone exactly the way they all want it done.
Very well said...all of it.
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Lightroom is an excellent app, I use both the original and now Lightroom 2 almost everyday. The problems you were having are not endemic to Lightroom and I suspect it was due to localized issues with your system.

As has been previously stated you are doing yourself a disservice not to upgrade, especially if you also use Photoshop, as the integration between the programs is excellent.
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Obviously you are pretty bitter about version 1 but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least try the new version.

If you don't try it for yourself you will never know if it meets your needs. If it doesn't work for you, delete it and go to Aperture. No single application is going to do everything for everyone exactly the way they all want it done.
I'll try version 2 but my feeling is that before a product is released, it should be stable. If you go to the Adobe Lightroom forums, there are a lot of people experiencing system lockups, particularly when importing photos.

Lightroom actually does meet my needs - when it works.
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Old Oct 18th, 2008, 08:43 AM   #9
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I have LR2. So far, it's not locking up on me. However, I'm having trouble importing Canon RAW files (.CR2). I can see them just fine in Preview and Cover Flow but LR2 (and LR 1.1) will not import them.

The error is the dialog box as attached to my previous post.

Anyone having similar difficulty or know a fix?
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Old Oct 18th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #10
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I've been using LR2 and love it. I have had it lock up a few times but not on importing photos, more so when i'm doing edits. I'm not sure why its doing so it seems like it might be a ram issue. I'm using it over aperture because i like how i can organize in it far better for my workflow. Really its a matter of what works for you style of shooting and your own workflow.
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