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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very disappointing"

    December 7, 2005  |   By Slothrup

    Version: Apple Aperture 1.0


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    This product showed so much promise. I know many pro photographers who went out and bought new macs just to use it. I bought a new vidcard for it.

    Then it arrived. And wow, what a disappointment. It is a very, very cool app with very cool ideas but it is fatally flawed, at least in this 1.0 version.

    - There is no manual included with the product - just a slim "getting started" book which doesn't really document anything

    - The raw converter is pretty much broken. It produces noisy, overcontrasty, wb-inaccurate conversions with nasty artifacts. It almost appears that it is converting _before_ adjustments - the conversions actually look worse than similar adjustments made to jpg/tiff with aperture.

    - The library file enforces a directory structure that makes it near-impossible to view your files with other apps like iview or bridge

    - Photoshop editing cannot be done on raw files, only converted files

    - The light table layout tool is very limited and not suitable for doing professional layouts

    - Metadata is not properly supported, in fact Aperture will choke on files that have had their metadata edited in other apps

    - DNG is not properly supported

    - Cannot export layered tiff/psd

    - Transparency/alpha channels are not supported

    - No wb presets

    - Terrible noise reduction/sharpening

    - Second monitor support is very limited, can't put browser on second monitor.

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  • 5.0 stars


    December 6, 2005  |   By acherontrout

    Version: Apple Aperture 1.0


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    I've been using Phase One's Capture One Pro for a while now, and I have to say that Aperture rocks!

    Imports my Nikon D2X NEF files and Canon 5D CR2 files flawlessly and doesn't muck them up like Bridge/Photoshop (not that I ever really used Bridge for any post-processing...just to find stuff).

    It's a tad (really just a tad) slow on my 17" 1.5Ghz G4 Powerbook w/2GB RAM, but is fast on my Dual 2.5 Ghz w/8GB RAM. The only lags on the Dual G5 have been with the loupe when trying to set white point, black point, etc.

    I haven't quite figured out whether to replace iPhoto with it yet, or just use it strictly as the primary post-processing step...before Photoshop, if need be.

    It's slide show functionality is somewhat limited, and you don't seem to be able to assign and save custom slide show settings to an album.

    All said, I'm not really a one-stop-shop guy... It does what it's supposed to do, so I would highly recommend Aperture to professional or amateur photographer. Although it is designed for a RAW workflow, JPEG's benefit from much of the basic tweeking and metadata tools, and of course the easy workflow.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Adobe need not be worried..."

    December 5, 2005  |   By hydephoto

    Version: Apple Aperture 1.0


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    Having tried to organise a whole job using raw files from a Nokon D2X on a G5 DP 2 GHz with 3.5 Ram I found Aperture to be very slow & claustophobic with the adjustments taking for ever & the spinning beach ball being a constant presence. After half a day of persisting what a relief it was to return to the Bridge which was snappy & much simpler in its interface. With Aperture there are many shortcomings in the interface (one can view either at fit screen or 1:1 but nowhere in between foir example).

    I will explore its web-making functionality & its print lay-out options but I for one will be sticking to The Bridge & Photoshop for editing raw images

    Can't wait till Adobe nick some of Aperture's better ideas & implement them properly

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