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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Aperture or Lightroom?

Now that both Aperture and Lightroom have moved to version 3, I am left wondering what the consensus is for which app would be better for an amateur like me. I like something that manages images well. I do most or all my editing in CS3. I like the option of Face Detection in Aperture. What about the reported memory leak in Aperture? Any validity to this? Lightroom has non-destructive editing. What about Aperture? I am far from a professional, or which I gather Lightroom is more geared toward. LR is also another $100. For someone such as I, which one would be recommended? I am downloading the free trial of Aperture. In the meantime, which app would you recommend, and why?
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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Try both demos and see what you think. I prefer Lightroom. I tried Aperture 3 and found it slow in comparison. I use dual monitors and find Lightroom handles that real nicely.

You may want to hold out for some of the expected comparison articles that will appear soon.
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #3
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For me, it's Lightroom. I tried both when they were in v 1 and haven't used Aperture since, so I can't compare v3 to v3, however I think there are other reasons for choosing Lightroom.

--bigger community = more resources, support and freebies
--Adobe is faster with new camera raw support
--camera colour calibration within lightroom

I'm also still using LR2, but will be upgrading to LR3 shortly.

Lastly, have you seen this thread? http://www.ehmac.ca/photos/87124-aperture.html
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Thanks for those responses, and link. LT sounds like the go for now. I'll wait a bit for others to chime in.
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #5
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Just briefly tried out the Aperture 3 trial. Didn't like it at all. Takes long time in processing, etc. Just don't like the "feel" of it.
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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Lightroom is my choice. Aperature didn't feel good to me at all and LR first my workflow much much better.
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #7
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Perhaps a terrible admission here among the Mac faithful, but I've never had an inclination to give Aperture a try. Once around the block with Lightroom and my decision was made.

A commitment like this rarely happens right off the bat, as I'm prone to sampling every pixel popping piece of junk that comes down the pike. But sometimes...you just know it feels right.

LR, baby, LR...
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, this is not a comparison of the 2 programs, just some of my impressions and experiences with Aperture 3:
Please click here -> http://www.ehmac.ca/photos/87124-aperture.html

EDIT: OH! Haha! kps already linked to my thread.
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #9
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Try Capture One Pro as well if you are testing demos.

I use and have been using Aperture for sometime now.

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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 10:59 AM   #10
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Another vote for Light Room. I love that program.
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