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Full user review
"Mixed, but nothing else like it"
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using Aperture heavily for over a month.
While it does have some large bugs (some but not all addressed in the 1.0.1 update) and some camera's RAW conversions are not quite as good as ACR (probably to be addressed in a looming OS update), it still has some very, very useful features.
The comparison and selection tools are amazing, and very quick. The keywording is well thought out, and the light table and book design are really nice for prototyping layouts quickly without having to use a more advanced program like InDesign until things are thought out.
The adjustmnets are good for quick fixes - if you are careful with your photography, you can keep more than 70% of your phtoos within Aperture without needing to edit in Photoshop. And there are not many other tools that let you set white balance even on a JPG, if it was messed up in-camera.
People who are saying Photoshop need not worry are absolutley correct - because Aperture is not meant to replace Phtooshop. It is meant to go in front of it, so your need for Photoshop is reduced and them time you spend there is more focused and less on general image repair.
For those that can live with the bugs that remain, Aperture offers great speedups in workflow - especially if you take series of images that must be evaluated for quality.
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