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Full user review
No arty-*arty painting brushes
Not a lot really
I wanted a program that let me do the same digitally as I learned to do in a darkroom many years ago. I did not (and do not) want to make my photos into sketches, or paint red and green blotches on them. Let those who like this sort of thing stick to P*shop or some such. Aperture is exactly the right mixture of features (if you add a couple of plug-ins), it is great at what it does, which is a heck of a lot, and now costs a lot less than it did before it appeared on the app store. Yes, it does use a lot of RAM, but with a 8Gig upgrade (not from Apple, so not expensive), it's fine.