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Apple Aperture Software Review

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Reader Score: 8.33 (out of 10)
Given the potential for Aperture to really change the pro photography software landscape on the Mac platform, we've wanted more information. A lot more. Well, actually, what we want is to see the Aperture installer's progress bar jogging across the monitor connected to our G5 desktop. But since that isn't an option yet, staff writer Eamon Hickey and I have had to content ourselves with peppering Apple representatives with the many questions raised by Aperture's impressive feature set.

This article, which is co-authored by Eamon and me, is a compilation of the answers we've received during interviews conducted with Apple's Joe Schorr, Product Manager for Aperture, and Rob Schoeben, Vice President of Applications Marketing. It's not meant to be a complete look at Aperture, nor is it meant to duplicate all the information that Apple has put out. It is intended to shed some light on areas of Aperture that we think are important, and for which we haven't seen a lot of information elsewhere.

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Mac World 10.00  12-28-05 Read Full Review
"Flashes of genius with room for improvement: that's Aperture 1.0.1, Apple's new professional digital imaging software.

Targeted at photography pros, Aperture combines powerful photo-management and cataloging features with basic image editing and excellent publishing and presentation capabilities. All this is wrapped in an efficient, elegant interface that glitters with typical Apple flair.

So if you're a professional or advanced-amateur photographer, should you build your photographic world around Aperture 1.0.1? Just as no single lens can address every photographer's shooting needs, no single program can address every post-shoot requirement."

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ARS Technica 9.00  05-11-06 Read Full Review
Review: "It is no secret that I wasn't a fan of Aperture 1.0. From the outright broken things like 8-bit TIFF export and EXIF data stripping on output to the Zen take on a manual (there is no documentation"), everything about Aperture 1.0 pointed to an unrealistic deadline and a QA department with their monitors off.

But, as I wrote in the review follow-up, I believed Aperture still had an incredible amount of potential and was definitely not dead in the water. It is a well-thought out and a powerful program all around but its severe problems tipped the scales towards the four out of ten that 1.0 received.

In addition to the fixes and feature updates, Apple also dropped the price of Aperture from $500 to $300 and is offering a $200 voucher at the Apple store to anyone who purchased Aperture 1.0. That's good news so we're back to see if they've got it all together now with Aperture 1.1.1."

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Imaging-Resource 9.00  12-22-05 Read Full Review
Aperture represents a different approach to the various professional digital photo workflows that have developed over the years. And we've decided to take a different approach to reviewing it, expanding the diary format we used for the equally ground-breaking Kodak EasyShare One.

...moving to Aperture may mean changing your hardware setup. If you're using the Creative Suite now, you may already have profited from increasing your RAM. But you may not have invested very heavily in external FireWire drives."

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Luminous-Landscape 8.60  01-03-06 Read Full Review
Before looking at what Aperture is (or will be), let's be clear about what it is not. Aperture is not an attempt by Apple to run a raid on Photoshop. As will be seen, the program lacks a great deal of functionality that would make this possible. But (and it's a very big but), it has the potential to do many things that photographers need doing, and has the potential to do them exceptionally well. Jobs is an impatient man, but if nothing else he is strategic. Adobe would be wise to look over its shoulder – big time.

Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they really are. What I mean by this is that while Aperture shows great potential, it really isn't a product that I can recommend (or even use myself) on a day to day basis. There are several reasons for this.

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Outback Photo 8.00  12-13-05 Read Full Review
"There is much discussion concerning Apple's new Aperture. The application is Apple's new 'professional photographic workflow application'. What is so special about Aperture? In fact, you will find only a few really new features in Aperture. What is new , however, is the way Apple looks at typical tasks – nowadays called workflow – how a photographer handles his digital images. With Aperture, Apple combines the features of an image downloader, a RAW converter, an image editor, a light table, a printing application and an asset management system (image browsing, administration, retrieval and backup). While there are many applications that do part or even most of this interacting with other applications – e. g. Photoshop in conjunction with Camera Raw and Bridge – Aperture does all this in one integrated application, and does it in a way a photographer typically works – or, at least, Apple thinks he or she does. There is much praise and a lot of bashing about Aperture 1.0 on the Internet."
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LetsGoDigital 7.33  01-22-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Apple introduced the new version of Aperture at the last Photokina, and you can see that they have listened carefully to their users. One important improvement is the way in which the library is used, as users can now decide how and where they save the images. Other improvements concern the rather underestimated loupe function, better color control, saving changes and integrating the iLife '06 and iWork '06 packages.

Importing and finding photos with Aperture is done in a way that is logical for a photographer. You handle RAW files the same way you used to treat slides. Working on the basis of projects is a very logical way to do things for a professional photographer. You often work on assignments for a client; that is then the project. You are still free to make albums within the project and this makes the system more workable. Being able to decide where the photos go yourself whether it's the Aperture library on the hard disk of your computer, an external hard disk, DVD or wherever is an enormous improvement."

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Creative Pro -----  12-19-05 Read Full Review
"While today's image-editing programs provide phenomenal tools for correcting and adjusting images, the digital image-editing workflow still confounds many photographers - especially those who shoot raw. Aperture 1.0, Apple's entry into the professional digital image-editing marketplace, aims to solve the photographer's workflow dilemma by providing a single application that performs sorting and cataloging, raw conversion, basic image editing, Web page generation, printing, and archiving. The program provides exceptional, unique tools for comparing and sorting images, but it's hampered by a number of weaknesses. Ironically, you may find that trying to work around these issues requires a workflow more complicated than what you already have.

You'll most likely develop a love/hate relationship with Aperture. The fact is, it's really fun to use. Or at least, it is unless an image doesn't convert well. And it's not so fun when too many edits bring your Mac to its knees. Nevertheless, for a version 1.0 product, the program has a stunning array of features, a very well-designed interface, and some breakthrough comparing and sorting tools. I recommend that you wait until the next version and see whether Apple addresses Aperture's major shortcomings. But if you relish being on the bleeding edge and buy it anyway, you'll find a program that's useful, though you'll probably need to adjust your workflow practices and buy more storage and a faster video card to get the most out of it."

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Shutterbug -----  05-14-06 Read Full Review
Review: "So what is Aperture? It is an application designed to provide photographers with the tools and processes for dealing with digital camera files. In a way, Aperture's tools and processes are designed as a digital metaphor to what photographers have done for years after shooting and processing film.

Time, of course, is the essence of Aperture. It is highly efficient in gathering a collection of exposures, and then in aiding you in selecting keepers. It is also very fast in batch re-naming, if desired.

There has been some talk that you need a super powerful Mac to run it, but from my experience I think the horsepower of a G5 Quad is only required by very prolific pro shooters doing 1000 exposures a day or more. It worked fine, efficiently and faster than any other digital camera raw file application I've used on a year-old minimally configured G5, and the published minimum requirements include both Mac PowerBooks and the latest model iMacs (the new Intel Dual Core will be supported by the time you read this)."

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