In the wake of the iPhoto announcement, especially its shiny new features and (in my mind) much more appealing interface, I thought I would take another look at Aperture. This really does make sense: I work with professional creative types, and they convinced me that I […]

iphoto In the wake of the iPhoto announcement, especially its shiny new features and (in my mind) much more appealing interface, I thought I would take another look at Aperture.

This really does make sense: I work with professional creative types, and they convinced me that I ought to be using Aperture over iPhoto. I had some money to burn that month, so I picked up a copy – and watched it kill my MacBook Pro. I was shocked – CPU usage through the roof, free memory gone, every other app – including my desktop pager – stalled if not dead outright – it was ridiculous. Here I am, running what Apple is billing as its top-of-the-line for portable graphics professionals, with plenty of RAM and processor to burn, and this supposedly-crucial app won’t really work. (Although my code compiles like lightning, I will grant.) As if that weren’t enough, Aperture insists that some of my rolls were taken years before they were – as much as three years – and won’t seem to let me change that.

aperture Disgusted with the interminably-whirling blue ball of not-really-progress, I switched back to iPhoto, and started doing even the most minor retouching in Photoshop. Now, though, I would rather use an app I’ve already bought than fork over still more for iLife ’08. I’m sure there are reasons for and against any of the big options, but I don’t know enough about any of them, really, to tell.

What do you think, and what do you use? iPhoto? Aperture? Something else, like Lightroom? Favor me (and the other photo newbies around here) with your wisdom in the comments.

  1. Thomas Krajacic Wednesday, August 8, 2007

    You might want to give Adobe Lightroom a try.
    Its really speedy and gives you plenty of options to correct your photos.
    I use it on my MacBook Pro.

  2. Robert Saunders Wednesday, August 8, 2007

    I also use Adobe Lightroom on a MacBook Pro and have no complaints at all.

    In the past I have used Photoshop Bridge (CS2 & CS3), Shoebox, and iPhoto for photo management. Lightroom has been by far the best in my experience.

  3. Lightroom is a great app, but it’s pretty slow on my 2Ghz/1GB Macbook.

  4. I’m an Aperture man.

  5. I actually use Finder + Spotlight for my photo organizing tasks.
    I *do* use iPhoto (now 6, but I’ve ordered 08) for my finished images (web and print). The raw images are just finder+spotlight and for processing bibble.
    I’ve created a few folder actions that import images dropped into certain folders into iPhoto.
    I’m now using Flickr for my webimages, but the dotmac gallery looks very nice, I might even switch over to that since I have my webimages in iphoto anyway.

    so, in short:
    – organization: Finder and Spotlight
    – raw editor: Bibble Pro
    – finished images (web, print): Iphoto

  6. woops, forgot to mention, I have Aperture as well, but find it pretty sluggish.. and it doesn’t support my E400 camera.. well OSX doesn’t support it, I should say.

  7. I use and love Aperture. Bummer that it does not run on your MacBook Pro. Apple ought to help you with that. Lots of folks use it on their MacBook Pros with success. Wonder what the problem is?

    I can assure you that, if you could get it up and running, it would make your heart swell! Fantastic program. I will never switch to anything else. I hardly have to use CS3 for anything except the fun stuff.

  8. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten to do more than play with Aperture at the Apple Store (and it had about the same effect on the G5 as it had on your MBP) but from what I have scene it will never replace Photoshop in a pro photographers workflow.

    I have checked out Lightroom and it is decent but it is slow. The thing I like about it is that it puts almost every single piece of my standard workflow of things I do to every single photo I take into a single application (I batch process all my Canon RAW files into DNG and then export JPEG’s, I also like to create custom Finder icons for all the files but Lightroom doesn’t handle that). Problem is it does it in twice the amount of time as my previous solution.

    My favorite solution has got to be the application formerly known as iView MediaPro, Microsoft Expression Media. So far Microsoft was failed to ruin it. It is tons faster than Lightroom and much more flexible than iPhoto or Aperture. It is really nice for making catalogs of images backed up on DVD’s. It can also handle more than just image files. It is great for previewing fonts without having to actually install the fonts.

  9. it’s actually quite funny to see this – I got an MBP at the weekend and I’ve been reassessing my photo cataloguing. I use lightroom for RAW processing, as Aperture used to cripple my Powerbook, but it’s still way too hungry to have it running all the time, or to open to show photos to people, so I’ve devised a new way of doing things that seems to suit me quite nicely.

    What I do now is import all photos from my camera to lightroom, process them and export the highest quality jpegs I can, then import those to iPhoto, so I’ve only ever got my best photos in there. So far it seems to be going well, as I don’t really see iPhoto as much of an alternative to Lightroom as far as development is concerned. I’d say iPhoto is to photos what iTunes is to music – it’s just somewhere to keep it all together.

  10. Lightroom.


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