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Old Jul 11th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #11
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There is the open source darktable. Steep learning curve. But give it some effort to learn the app, the processing result can be slightly better than using Lightroom. I am learning how to use it on and off in the last half a year.
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Old Jul 12th, 2015, 12:23 PM   #12
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There is the open source darktable. Steep learning curve. But give it some effort to learn the app, the processing result can be slightly better than using Lightroom. I am learning how to use it on and off in the last half a year.
Will give this one a try. Have not rebuilt yet the sandbox volume after a recent HD fail. This will give me an excuse to do that. Poor old PS Elements is very long in the tooth but still does the job.

Sadly other potential replacements require Lion or even Yosemite, and I will be hanging in with Snow Leopard for as long as I can.
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Old Jul 15th, 2015, 05:07 AM   #13
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Maybe check out the new Affinity Photo https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ . If their intuitive and powerful Affinity Designer vector drawing app is any indication, especially at that introductory price, Photo looks very interesting.
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Old Jul 16th, 2015, 01:39 AM   #14
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Photos a disaster

Made a huge mistake moving my Aperture library into Photos. It somehow corrupted the file, and now when I open Aperture it is empty, my carefully planned categories for my 32,000-odd photos lost, star ratings lost, inability to find the pictures in Finder, inability to edit pictures via Photoshop ... Lightshop, here I come ...
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Old Jul 16th, 2015, 10:43 AM   #15
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There is a reason many of us recommend having a tested clone or disk image before tackling such changes. It makes it really easy to get back to the pre-disaster starting point.

Alternatively make sure everything post switch is backed to the hilt then use Time Machine to get back to where you started.
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Affinity Photo? http://www.ehmac.ca/photography-focu...hoto-beta.html
Edit: sorry, I see this has already been posted.
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Made a huge mistake moving my Aperture library into Photos. It somehow corrupted the file, and now when I open Aperture it is empty, my carefully planned categories for my 32,000-odd photos lost, star ratings lost, inability to find the pictures in Finder, inability to edit pictures via Photoshop ... Lightshop, here I come ...
Are you sure the file structure is gone? Did you open the sidebar in Photos? I had thought the same thing until I expanded the folders. Then I just dragged all my original folders into the root and all was well. Although I had a managed library, not referenced.
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Old Jul 31st, 2015, 01:03 PM   #19
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There is the open source darktable. Steep learning curve. But give it some effort to learn the app, the processing result can be slightly better than using Lightroom. I am learning how to use it on and off in the last half a year.
Interesting approach with absolutely no menu items. I eventually found the control to rotate an image but found a simple 90 rotation very difficult to achieve. Still trying to find the undo command, hint it's not the universal "command z". Never did manage to get an image to display big enough to allow me to work on it.

FWIW I don't use iPhoto or Aperture, or Light Room to organize my images. My folder method is adequate for my needs and Preview allows me to go through an entire folder in a few seconds as I pick images for a particular need or slideshow.

Doubt that this is for me, although there are some fairly powerful tools available. Will play a bit more later. It is completely non-destructive, original image was never touched.
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Writer, it depends what you shoot and if the library functionality and advanced key wording are important to you.

Lightroom, like Aperture is particularly suited to shooting RAW: non destructive editing and very small side-car files indicating all the changes. It has brilliant keywording and multiple tools which render Photoshop almost (but not quite) redundant.

I have played with Photos a little bit since release and the basic editing tools aren't too bad. The problem is the file duplication.

I use Lightroom for all my 'proper' photos and Photos for snaps. Adobe has made it easy to migrate to them:

Adobe Lightroom

A word of caution: the RAW 'engines' are different on both apps, so you may find some differences. For critical images you may want to export to TIFF or be prepared to carry out some minor adjustments once in Lightroom.

In term of version, Adobe has committed to supporting a stand-alone version of LR but their promises are roughly equivalent to Google pledging to do 'No Evil' and Apple supporting pro apps...

I'm working off version 4 and the only thing I miss in version 6 is HDR. Not an issue as I also have Photoshop 5. I would suggest you invest in LR6 or purchase a cheap copy of LR4 or 5 (check out that the Serial is unused/unregistered).
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