Aperture 4, Aperture X, Whatever It’s Called, It Will Be Superb!

Posted Apr. 22nd, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

I’ve been reading so many disparaging remarks lately about photographers being disappointed in not seeing a major update to Apple’s Aperture software. Admittedly, I’ve been hoping to see the next version myself but I’ve also tempered my disappointment with the understanding that I would much rather wait and see Apple really get it right than to release it too early.

I'm confident Apple's Aperture will be a huge step forward. Be patient, we want them to get it right.

I’m confident Apple’s Aperture will be a huge step forward. Be patient – we want them to get it right. Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc.

A little history is in order for perspective. First of all, none of us should forget that it was Apple who FORCED Adobe to bring out Lightroom. Before Apple’s Aperture was released we were all virtually mandated to spend a ridiculous  amount of money on Photoshop – a program that has more appeal to designers than actual photographers, built from the ground up to facilitate creating images as opposed to capturing images. It’s a terrific tool for the commercial world but for general photography and journalism it’s complete overkill.

Aperture on the other hand was the first truly professional program that gave the photographer the tools to TWEAK an image, not completely change it. It gave us powerful database features, integrated beautifully with virtually all of the other Apple programs and eventually became a steal at only $79.00 for such tremendously powerful software. I actually switched from MS-Windows machines to Apple specifically due to Aperture and I’ve become a tremendous fan of all that Apple has done for the creative world and computing.

That said, when Aperture was first released it wasn’t ready for prime time and it took only a few weeks for me to move over to Lightroom. That was nearly ten years ago. Two years ago I switched back over to a superbly updated Aperture and though I miss a few features in Lightroom, I’m very pleased with Aperture’s tremendous power and ease of use.

So even though I’m excited to see what’s coming to Aperture next, I want even more to know that it’s completely ready for the real world. I’m confident Apple is taking their time to make certain it’s as good as it should be. I’m also guessing it will have some major changes, possibly as radical as Apple’s recently updated Final Cut Pro X video editing software. I know many cinematographers who gave up on FCP and switched to Adobe Premier when Apple updated FCPX. However, I know an equal number of folks who stayed with FCPX and are now raving about the benefits of Apple’s forward thinking.

That’s Apple’s genius. They think out of the box which pushes new ideas out into the world. Their ideas are not always immediate block busters but look how long it took for them to even become a major player in the computer world. They think differently than most and not everybody is excited about new and different ideas. Almost nobody likes change, but sometimes it’s the best thing you can do. I’m confident the updated Aperture 4, Aperture X or whatever they choose to call it will be worth the wait.

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  1. Rafael U.D.On May. 20th, 2016

    This is Great!!! I got Aperture right when it came out in 2005, it was given to me and every other photojournalist student at SF State as a promotion from Apple. I stopped using anything else, i loved it so much, it was the perfect software for me.
    So a few days ago I decided to update my operating system to Yosemite, and when I try to open Aperture it told me that my aperture was too old to work with the new system and I had to do a free update to Aperture.
    Here is my problem, when I try to do so apple store wanted me to put my apple ID, after I did it told me that my Aperture and my ID does not much, well when I got Aperture I did not have an Apple ID, so now I cannot open my Aperture, I have everything back up but this is really a hassle.
    I work many times and most of the times offline so I don’t want to use anything that requires the cloud, I love how much photos I can storage in Aperture and work on them when ever I want and use them whenever I want.
    Any suggestions in what to use that is similar ????

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 21st, 2016

      Rafael, You really found an old post and boy was I wrong on where Aperture was headed. Thankfully I’ve found other programs to fit the bill but nothing all in one. I’m currently using a very new program called Mylio for the Digital Asset Management. Mylio is not strong on the image correction side but does very well for some basic changes. For heavy image correction I use DXO Optics Pro. The two of these programs work quite well overall and I’ve come to appreciate the speed and quality I can get by using both.

  2. DonovanOn Apr. 14th, 2015

    I was in the same boat as you. Came over to Apply hardware for Aperture. I loved the program and still do. MUCH MUCH MUCH better than Lightroom in its concept of every adjustment is a local adjustment globally applied.

    Now I’m moving to Lightroom. Import is running as we speak. 16000 images…

    I waited for the Photos app for OSX to arrive and I was so very disappointed. Not even brushes where there, which was there for iPhoto for the iPad!

    Does anyone know what Apples strategy is for the Photos app? Will it ever become professional grade like Aperture? Or will it stay consumer?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 15th, 2015


      As you can see from the title of the post you wrote in on, I’m in the process of eating a huge dinner of crow, so to speak. This situation with Aperture has changed my vision of Apple. I didn’t want to believe they would abandon the professionals that kept them alive for the many years it took for them to be revived, but unfortunately I was dead wrong. I’m in the process of moving out of Aperture and have found a very interesting and capable program called Mylio. It doesn’t have all the tools we need yet but unlike Apple the Mylio team is making big promises for truly professional capabilities.

      Mylio is similar in many ways to Apples new Photos only many more tools right out the gate, like star ratings and though it uses the cloud to connect ALL your devices, it does not store your originals in the cloud. This makes for much faster updates to all your devices than Photos and keeps your originals where you want them.

      The way Mylio works is it keeps thumbnails in the cloud with an XMP file. When you make changes to the image on your iPad, all that is sent to the cloud is the tiny XMP update. It then populates the changes you made to the photos XMP out to all other devices and you then see the change virtually instantaneously. I heard that the same process with Apple’s photos can take 10-30 minutes depending on bandwidth for the same changes to appear across all devices.

      The other terrific tool Mylio has it the ability to point the program to another set of drives that it will mirror your original drive. Those drives can even be in another location and Mylio will transfer all images to the remote location via the Internet. I have a set of drives in my office and another set in my hotel that I plan to setup in this manner for backup. I’m being told that eventually Mylio will be able to use other remote storage services like Amazon and possibly others. That would be very cool indeed.

      In short this program is worth a look. Now please excuse me, but I have a huge dusty crow wing to choke down as I make my way through “eating Crow”. Thank you Apple for the generous portions.

  3. ThomasOn Feb. 15th, 2015

    Yeah, great app Aperture 4 and btw photos app too! Both, obvious professional apps. You can count on Apple as an professional photographer. And besides that Apple is also busy with pods, phones and the iTunes store, all for the mass. Great company for their customers, or….?:)

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 15th, 2015

      You may be right Thomas. Jury is still out as far as I’m concerned. We shall see.. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. TimOn Aug. 22nd, 2014

    Hello again, see my post Jul. 22nd, 2013, your answer was “where there’s smoke there is fire”. You know what, you are right, the smoke came from burning down Aperture:). Now it starts all over again with a new toy called Photos v1.0 in about a year…… Happy waiting folks!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 23rd, 2014

      Tim, what’s your point? If people want to wait for something they feel fits their needs, so be it. To each their own.

  5. BarryOn Aug. 11th, 2014

    Im hoping you still have this conversation open for posts?

    For whatever reason, today, I was curious as to any news or rumors to an Aperture updates. I should have paid closer attention to WWDC rather than focusing on iOS and good news regarding iCloud services – that is – if Apple doesn’t change that, too by the fall!

    I’m sure others who have posted here already know that it’s all but been written in stone that Aperture is going away. Despite Apple’s claims – it seems they’ve abandoned the PRO users.

    Apple demoed “Photos” for Mac at WWDC this June. While little was given away in the presentation, the first look at Photos suggests it will bring iOS-like editing features when it launches early in 2015. Apple’s Craig Federighi demo’d the use of similar color and light adjustment meters that are similar to those in the iOS version of iPhoto.

    Although Apple new app format simply called “Photos” is more “iOS like” and cross platform compatible between your Mac, iPad and iPhone – it seems to be more of – “dumbing down” of the version that will run on your Mac? I’m hoping not!

    Apple’s whole move seems not be leading the pack this time. It seems more like Apple is following Adobe’s Lightroom moves, and sort hope it’s true. I have Lightroom on my iPad and a more robust version on my Mac, and cloud service to sync everything.

    I’m hoping that Apple is AT LEAST is mirroring LR in this fashion, where we’ll continue to have a robust version running on our Macs, and be able to work from any of our iOS devices on the same photo. Makes kind of sense, if you think about Apple’s announcement regarding iCloud.

    Otherwise, if this isn’t Apple’s plan – I can’t help to believe (know) the version of “Photos” running on our Macs WILL be DUMB’d down! How is it otherwise the app on you iphone or iPad could be as powerful of that on your desktop Mac… or… that users of iPhoto (although powerful) will be using the same app that Aperture users have been using the last several years??

    I’d hoped that we would at least be able to find out this fall with the release of iOS, but as I mentioned – “Photos” for desktop supposedly won’t be released until early 2015?

    I’ve also read about a lot of other helps to make any necessary switches, from exporting your photos for LR, or even switching completely to something else. Apparently Corel may be bringing it’s “AfterShot Pro” to Mac. Another option, perhaps?

    EGADS APPLE! Haven’t we supported and waited long enough to have “some” kind of better version of Aperture? I feel that it may finally be time to switch (completely) over to LightRoom. (sigh)

    That’s kind of ironically funny. Apple may bring a completely new meaning to it’s own “switch” campaign!

    • BarryOn Aug. 11th, 2014

      One thing I forgot to mention /ask:
      It’s one of those “Apple moves” that gripes you a bit. You know? The one that Apple pulls after you’ve purchased iPhoto for iOS and whatever else, not to mention the more expensive version (long ago) for desktop. … that move!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 11th, 2014

      Barry, I’m confident we’re going to have a better product overall. If you read my other posts on the subject you may agree. Apple is notorious for canning things that can be done better. They often take some heat over these moves but in the end they are almost always right. Adobe sticks to same old same old. Final Cut Pro X is an example of a better, simpler way. I’m confident Apple will be right on Photos as well

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 11th, 2014


      I’ve written much more about the upcoming Photos option since this post you responded to. I’m quite positive about Apple’s move though I wasn’t at first either. Please take a look at these Blog Posts for more info on why I think Apple is way out front on their idea to move to Photos. Maybe it will make you feel a bit better.

  6. Jim SuojanenOn Jun. 5th, 2014

    I happened across your site while reading Olympus OMD reviews. As I scanned your site, I found this and would note that as of 5 June 2014, no word on Aperture 4.

    For now I am using Lightroom and PS, with Nik plugins. I don’t keep a large database since I’m not a pro and delete photos which I don’t rate, so my database requirements are modest. For printing, the Adobe combination works fantastically. I make exposure and contrast adjustments (using Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Black sliders) in LR and color/hue adjustments in PS. Aperture adjustments just never worked for me, especially since I use a Leica M in addition to my Nikon D7000.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 5th, 2014

      Jim, thanks for stopping in to add your voice. I’ve not found anything myself stating that Apple released an official RAW update for the Lumix GH4. However, Aperture is processing all my GH4’s beautifully. It must be working off the GH3 RAW support I’m guessing. I also used Lightroom for five years and eventually switched back over to Aperture when version 3.0 was released. I don’t do a lot of post processing on my images and I find that the tools Aperture currently has are adequate in the image correction department. I find it’s Digital Asset Management far superior to Lightroom when archiving over 500,000 images. I also absolutely love Apertures superior Multimedia connection to Final Cut Pro X and all other Apple software. I’m still hopeful Apple has a great new update up their sleeve. Time will tell. Thanks again for stopping by.

  7. John GascaOn May. 13th, 2014

    Nice article Daniel. I read the whole article and many of the comments. I finally stopped reading at your July 30th 2013 post and had to laugh when you said “Craig, I’m confident it’s just around the corner. Can’t wait to see what it’s all about.” That must be some HUGE corner ’cause we are not around it yet. I too use aperture but it is getting long in the tooth.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 14th, 2014

      Can’t argue with that John. That’s the negative thing about Blogs, they can make you look a bit silly. Even so, I’m still confident it’s coming down the pike, I was just a bit off on the corner deadline. But…. I’m more confident than ever that it’s going to be a great product. Time will tell, hopefully sooner rather than later. Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts.

  8. PeterOn May. 1st, 2014

    I think Aperture 4 will be released BEFORE July 2nd, as then the Aperture 4 book of John Lewell will be available:


    So I guess they will present it during WWDC 2014.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 1st, 2014

      Peter, I so desperately hope you are correct. I’m still a huge fan of Aperture though it has a few issues. I’ve used or tried virtually everything out there and have found nothing better. If Apple knocks this out of the park I will be elated. Thanks for your insight on this. I was unaware of the link you included highlighting the new Aperture book. Lets, cross our fingers, our toes, our legs and anything else we can cross and try to stay mobile until WWDC:)

  9. George WeisOn Dec. 30th, 2013

    I am using Aperture as an amateur photography. I use exclusively Apple products in my personal life, having used Windows machines only during my career as a diagnostic radiologist. I am a member of NAPP (National Association of photoshop Professionals) and a student of associated educational programs.
    I find it VERY frustrating that RAW images processed with Adobe Raw cannot be imported into Aperture unless converted to TIFF or PSD formats which involve much greater storage space. Is there any chance the DNG format will be importable in the future? Is such lack of compatibility really appropriate and necessary?

    • WarrenOn Jan. 3rd, 2014

      I think this is an excellent and very timely question, Dan. I’m quite interested in hearing the answer myself. If (and I am serious about IF) Apple is really working on a LR killer in version 4, there has to be an effective way for new users to import their sizable image library from LR into Aperture without the torturous route available today.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jan. 9th, 2014

      Warren, I’m still confident a much updated Aperture is coming. I’m not confident however that we’ll ever see a way for importing all images & their corrections from LR to Aperture or vise-versa. It is currently possible to import from LR to Aperture and maintain the captions and keywords which for some, like myself, is most of what I do in Aperture. I’m sure you’re referring to the crops, WB changes and other image tweaks that you’ve been doing to your library of photos. Those changes are not transferable at this point and I have to say I’ll drop over in surprise if that ever comes as a feature.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jan. 9th, 2014

      George, I share your frustration. I’m not sure we will ever see a cross software compatibility until one of the major camera manufacture goes out of business and photographers finally understand the implications of each company having their own proprietary files. When that happens, and I do believe it is a when question, maybe then photographers will pressure their camera maker of choice to give us a cross the board answer to RAW files that works similar to the JPEG format.

  10. BuddyOn Oct. 23rd, 2013

    We are in 2013 almost 2014, discussing what Adobe did in 2009/010 to compete with Aperture is just being apologetic to Apple. They have put professionals on the back burner and have since the debacle with Final Cut X. That is a program for youtubers not professionals. Apple decided that selling a product to millions instead of thousands was better business. What they forgot was that the reputation they fostered by making great professional products is the same reputation that allowed them to sell final cut x to lots of people. Without that great professional support underpinning your efforts, eventually even the best wine bottle runs empty. Then what are you going to say? Well we used to make great wine, but we consumed all of it.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 23rd, 2013

      Buddy, You’re comments are mostly on target with the exception of FCPX. Many pros have made their way back to FCPX and I was ecstatic with it from the start. I do think Apple blew it when the released the program before people could import their old FCP 7 projects. Ok, so they made a mistake and they paid for it. It may be a major reason why we’ve not yet sen a major upgrade to Aperture. I’m still convinced it’s coming. That said, I’m very happy with the current Aperture. My biggest beef with the current version is the horrific watermarking tool. That’s my biggest disappointment. Otherwise I use several plugins to solve the other issues like noise reduction (Nik DFine) lens corrections (PTlens) and a few others. Aperture is smoking fast and handles my nearly 500,000 images very well. It will really fly when I can get it tied to the new Mac Pro. I can’t say Apple will always be a pro supplier but for now I’m still very happy with what I see coming down the pike for those of us who have the need for speed. Admittedly it’s taken awhile but like the wine analogy you used earlier, all good wines take time and I’m betting the next Aperture will be a Bordeaux from the 80’s or 90’s. Thanks for adding your voice.

  11. Alex CorbettOn Oct. 16th, 2013

    I read several of the comments.
    I spent 3 years using many programs from DPP, windows explorer, PSE 10. Then in late 2012 i purchased a Macbook Pro. i played with iphoto for the first little bit. Then downloaded a 30 day trail of LR4. The only reason i did not go with LR, was that i didn’t understand the import dialogue box at that point.
    I went ahead with Purchasing Aperture. I belive it was version 3.2 or 3.3 when orginally bought it. It was also a cost effective purchase at the time. That is until I realized the just plain terrrible performance i was getting from Aperture. By March of 2013 I had with Aperture. I waited for the next LR Beta to come out. Once it did I got my 30 days and purchased Lightroom 5. I have been much happier with LR5. i found in Aperture that my images were coming out looking flat.

    Once i started using Lightroom my images looked better and i finally figured out the import dialogue box.

    Here is a list of issues i have with Aperture that:
    -Very unappealing UI
    -Raw Proccessing
    -Abilty to easly keyword images
    -does not give you the abilty to edit when the external drive is disconnected
    -and others that i simply don’t remember.

    • RichardOn Feb. 4th, 2014

      Alex, I’m surprise to hear that LR5 is faster than Aperture. My experience is the opposite.

      I’ve been using Aperture exclusively until I got my latest toy, Lumix GX7 a few months ago. Aperture really messes up the shadow and high iso details. At the same time, Adobe was offering the $10/month photographer package, so I jumped on it. Unfortunately, it turned into a love-hate relationship. I really don’t like LR5’s workflow, and I don’t like it’s speed. Aperture is much more fluid to me.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 8th, 2014

      Richard. It was the speed issue that finally brought me back to Aperture full-time. I have over 600,000 images in my library and if I keep my library updated with repaired Preferences on a regular basis, it runs like a race car. And I’m referring here to the speed I can scroll through thumbnails. LR has always been so slow I couldn’t get any work done. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried LR with a huge Catalog but that is the way it was awhile back.

  12. WarrenOn Sep. 18th, 2013

    I was quite surprised that Apple’s announcements didn’t give us a traditional “Just one more thing” Jobs. I was surely hoping Tim or someone would give us a glint of a hint at what will be coming next month when Apple announces the ship date and final specs/features of OSX 10.9. The absence of any word about Aperture 4 makes me wonder if there actually WILL be a new iteration of their cadillac image editing software. Dan, is there anything in the way of news you can share on this??

  13. RayOn Aug. 28th, 2013

    Also, it does make sense for Apple to release Pro Software like a new Aperture together with the imminent release of the new Mac Pro. Looking at the new teaser ad running on Youtube, it does seem to hint at some “creative” elements on their Mac Pro release. From a marketing standpoint, having new software to show-off on your new hardware product could be that extra icing on the cake which suddenly brings back the “creative pro” community’s confidence and excitement in Apple products. So I’m definitely excited we may see awesome stuff in the coming months.

  14. RayOn Aug. 28th, 2013

    I’ve been using Aperture 3 for a while now and would love to see Noise Reduction and lens correction tools added in the next version. However I have tried Lightroom 4 and 5 and I can’t say Lightroom does these very well either. So I would not like Apple to add these features simply for the sake of it. I would much rather see Apple buy off a quality image correction system like DxO Labs, and incorporate their features into Aperture. That will not only compete with LR5, it will crush it! DxO’s noise reduction, lens correction, color correction, film presets and even their RAW processing is much superior to anything Adobe has on offer (IMHO). If Adobe, after years of seeing a better library management, editing features and wokflow system in Aperture, have not learnt what they need to change in LR, they are not going to get there anytime soon, so I’m sticking with Aperture for now whether they release a new version this year or not. For all the things that is missing in Aperture (compared to LR), I can’t say that LR does those very well.

    • MarkOn Sep. 2nd, 2013

      Aperture 3 has noise-reduction tools.

      Under the Help menu, type “noise” into the search field, and you’ll be directed to it.

  15. WarrenOn Aug. 24th, 2013

    I must admit that my initial encounter with Aperture (version 1) was the basis for my decision to go with Lightroom. The fact that it fit so well with Photoshop further convinced me it was my best choice. I did not become interested in Aperture again until version 3, but by that time I had too much time and effort invested in Lightroom to make a change. My entire image database (not near as large as yours) was structured around that software and it would be one hell of a job to move it to another system (I think), regardless of the fact there were aspects of Aperture that were beginning to appeal to me by v3. I’ll have to take your word for how easy it is to move between Aperture and Photoshop. And I find your discussion on file numbering very interesting and would like to see an example of how that works. I wonder though why you would need immediate access to ALL files regardless of age or relevance to current projects as long as they are properly archived and indexed by date/project. Be that as it may Dan, the prospect of changing to Aperture (v4) holds some pretty spectacular challenges and questions for me, and perhaps many other LR users at this point; like what will my LR images look like once imported into Aperture. Will they open up with all of my LR edits and adjustments? And how much work will it take to get my LR catalogues/collections, etc into an efficient well organized system in Aperture? While there are similarities in approaches to organizing/grouping image files in both systems; Projects and Collections for example, I don’t think making the actual transfer will be a walk in the park. This will have to be one spectacular update and I am very anxious to see what it holds in the way of inducement for Adobe devotees. It would be nice if Apple recognizes these issues and provides some special help to ease this transition for LR folks. I only wish I knew more at this point to help me with my decision regarding Adobe’s CC. In any case I fully intend to keep an updated copy of CS6 on my HD in the event I wish to back out of the cloud after the first year. I the $10 per month “rent” may be affordable (but objectionable) now, I expect my disposition will change considerably when that figure doubles or triples after the first year! I’ll keep good thoughts on the launch of Aperture 4. Thanks for your informative reply.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 24th, 2013

      Warren, some more good thoughts from you. One thing I have my doubts we’ll get from Aperture is the ability to Import the changes we’ve made in Lightroom and have them move over to Aperture. I’ll fall off my chair if that happens but I suppose it could. I think Apple would really have to write some amazing code to make that happen. Admittedly, if they did, what a way to bring people back over from Lightroom. One of the other options I depend on heavily, I forgot to mention, was Aperture’s List View. This is a tremendous tool that really allows you to go through huge numbers of images in a manner typical for a good quality database. It’s an option not found in Lightroom and is one of the important differences between the two packages. Aperture has always been known as more robust in the database department, Adobe has always been better in the “Fix My Image” department. When I have an image that needs some tools I don’t have in Aperture, which is not often, I sometimes take a photo into Lightroom and make my corrections. The main tool I use in Lightroom is lens distortions. For noise reduction I use Nik Dfine.

      One last comment abut switching back and forth between programs. When I was using Lightroom I saved all changes to XMP side car files. When I imported them into Aperture all my metadata came through just fine. In other words my IPTC info such as copyright, captions, keywords etc. Unfortunately none of my photo edits were an option. If I would want to go back to Lightroom, once again, none of my photo edits will transfer at this point. However, all metadata is possible since Aperture allows for exporting metadata in TAB or CSV files. Unfortunately Lightroom does not allow for importing either TAB or CSV files. Again a sign that Lightroom really isn’t as good at database management since a tool of this nature is typical in good database program. However, there is a plugin known as LR/Transporter. I relied on this extensively when I was using Lightroom. It’s a great tool for improving the database options in Lightroom.

      Thanks for stopping by and adding some great thoughts on the pluses and minuses we see between both programs. I’m sure hopeful I get to fall off my chair when we finally see the new version of Aperture.

  16. WarrenOn Aug. 23rd, 2013

    You are certainly right about one thing, Dan; it won’t make any difference what Apple decides to call the NEW version of Aperture. But what ever it is it must face down the behemoth that Adobe has created, the team of Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. I used Aperture when it was first arrived on the scene and found the interface clumsy and features pretty weak. So I went over to Lightroom and though incomplete, I felt more comfortable with it and have remained with it ever since. What has kept me with it is two things; 1) it provides me an easy link with Photoshop and 2) the plug-in developers supported LR the instant it hit the market. Yes, I know, Aperture now enjoys the same cooperation.
    When Aperture 3 came out I was tempted, but LR had a more direct path to and compatibility with Photoshop (IMHO). However, since Adobe has made the disappointing move to the cloud (Photoshop CC) and what many, besides myself believe to be a totally unreasonable pricing/renting policy, I am once again re-evaluating my options, which include Aperture 4 (if in fact Apple moves this software forward). Apple has a great opportunity here and must execute it wisely. The new Aperture, in my opinion, must not only compete with Lightroom with similar features, it must evolve into a more complete image editing package that features additional creative capabilities that have existed until now only in Photoshop.
    If Aperture cannot do more than merely compete against LR with similar features, they must at least demonstrate that they have the best interests of pros and advanced enthusiasts at heart who also work with and depend on Photoshop (meaning either CS6 or CC) by actually facilitating the transfer of Raw/TIFF/JPEG images in both directions quickly. In other words they must prove themselves better at the imaging game than Adobe. There are many Photoshop CS6 photographers looking for alternatives that will make their lives better with CS6 than what Adobe is offering us by moving us to the cloud with subscription service and upping the price of admission to boot!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 23rd, 2013

      Warren, great input. Interestingly, I just downloaded Lightroom 5 last night and took a look for two features that have been missing from the start and were a big part of me moving out of Lightroom & back to Aperture. I actually switched from PC’s to Mac’s specifically due to Aperture but unfortuatenly Aperture 1.0 was not ready for prime time. I moved over to Lightroom and thought I loved it until Aperture 3 came along. The two new things I was looking for in Lightroom 5, included a similar numbering system I started with Photo Mechanic and now use in Aperture AND a backup of images to a second hard drive, during ingest, that was identical to the import of the main hard drive. In the past, the second backup Lightroom would make was a simple folder with all images dumped in to it willy nilly with no organization by date as the main folder was. It was such a mess. Lightroom 5 may have fixed that issue. Haven’t ran a complete test but it looks like it now adds folders by date.

      As far as a numbering system is concerned, Lightroom 5 has many options but not the one I’ve used since 2002, when I first started shooting digital. From day one I chose a numbering system that started at 1 and has continued on with the next number in line each time I load a card. In other words I’m now up to 500,000+ numbers and each image has it’s own individual ID. The image number is relatively short, unlike the year/month/day/time options many people use and I like it short if possible. Photo Mechanic has this option, Aperture has this option, Lightroom does not.

      The other straw that was the main catalyst for me switching back to Aperture was the speed of scrolling through 500,000+ images in one Library. Adobe suggested I break my Libraries/Catalogs up to make them more responsive. My response was WHAT?, why do we have computers if I can’t go through all my images at once? What good is software if you have to decide which catalog to open and youcan’t see your other images. The benefit of a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system is the ability to go through all your images at one time and find the things you had no idea you shot. I switched from Lightroom at about 200,000 images and it was painful to scroll through them all. What I have found in Aperture is that it handles huge numbers of pictures much more efficiently than Lightroom. A small but very important trick I’ve learned about Aperture is that Repairing Permissions and Repairing Database are essential to keeping it running at full tilt. To do this you hold down the Option & Command keys as you click on the library you’re opening. Up will come a screen that gives you three options. The first is Repair Library Permissions. I do this first. The second is Repair Database, I do this second. I do both of these options each night I leave the office and the next morning my Library is rocket fast. It’s a little management tip that pays off big when going through massive amounts of pictures.

      As far as being able to go to Photoshop more easily from Lightroom, I don’t get that. Many people have told me this and based on what I know it’s not true. Maybe I’m missing something but Aperture allows you to take a Tiff out to PS as easily as Lightroom. I’ve done it in both programs and I don’t see any difference in the ease of use between the two programs.

      One of the huge benefits of Aperture over Lightroom is the ease of going between Apple programs. I use Keynote for my slide shows and Keynote sees all my Aperture Libraries from WITHIN KEYNOTE! It’s a huge advantage. I don’t have to select the images from another program, export them, then drag them into Keynote. I just go to my Aperture library, while I’m inside Keynote and there are the photos I want to import. I simply drag them in to my Keynote program and all are resized and imported without issues. Same goes for my projects that involve video. Final Cut Pro X sees all my Aperture libraries from within FCPX. Again I just drag stills into FCPX for cutaways and other uses, from the Media window that shows my Aperture libraries and Viola, they import perfectly. No resizing, exporting to a different folder, etc. It’s that drop dead simple.

      So those are just a few of the reasons I love Aperture and I’m more confident than ever that we’re about to see a huge update that will be worth the wait.

  17. TimOn Jul. 31st, 2013

    Daniel again, why are you so sure Aperture update is just around the corner? Please, tell me your source, or is it still wishful thinking?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 31st, 2013

      Tim, I can’t say anymore than I have but I’m confident you will be pleased in the not so distant future. Aperture is already a terrific tool but there is always room for improvement in anything we do. Hang in there.

  18. CraigOn Jul. 30th, 2013

    I still prefer Aperture over Lightroom. I just find the layout more flowing.

    Just hope Aperture 4 is out soon.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 30th, 2013

      Craig, I’m confident it’s just around the corner. Can’t wait to see what it’s all about.

  19. TimOn Jul. 22nd, 2013

    🙂 BTW I like Aperture over LR and I agree with your comment #37. I also like to welcome some more editing tools as well external raw editing like iPhoto does.

  20. TimOn Jul. 22nd, 2013

    Rumors….:) well, tell me what are rumors? Just wishful thinking? I’m reading almost for two years rumors about an update to Aperture xx… Everyone can tell you a rumor, just realize it’s wasting your time to read all that websh^^. BTW another rumor for you guys, after Aperture 4, version 5 will follow, just a rumor 🙂 Dream on guys.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 22nd, 2013

      You’re sounding kind of cynical:) Rumors are rumors but my experience has always shown me where there’s smoke there is fire.

  21. BjornarOn Jul. 21st, 2013

    I used Aperture for a while (since version 1 or two I believe). The biggest reason for using Aperture for me is the easy to use workflow and interface. I also tried Lightroom (4-5) for about half a year. Moved everything there and started working with it. Really liked some of its features like lens correction, upright tool (in LR5) etc.

    But … I still cant stand the interface in LR. It feels strange to me. So I have moved back to Aperture again. When seeing those job posting and the release of Logic Pro X it tells me that Apple isn’t abandoning the Pro market at all. They are just slow sometimes.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 21st, 2013

      Bjornar, thanks for your input. I too think we are about ready to see an amazing new version of Aperture. I switched to Apple due to Aperture, moved over to Lightroom for 3-4 years. Eventually came back to Aperture and waiting for the big update.

  22. EricOn Jul. 16th, 2013

    Rumors have Aperture 4 set to be released between September and December, 2013. I can;t believe it’s been over three years since version 3 came out.


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 19th, 2013

      Can’t wait to see what they come up with. Even with the current version I like it more every time I use it. Just a few things we need improvements on and we’ll be on top the world. Number one for me is a much more advanced watermarking tool. Would love to see lens correction and better noise reduction capabilities but that’ about it.

  23. DaveEPOn Jul. 10th, 2013

    I’m hoping that it comes soon, but that they’ve taken time to get it right.

    I’ve been using Aperture since v1.0. I saw it at an Apple presentation before it was released and bought it ($499?) as soon as it was released.

    I currently have > 80,000 images in my ‘main’ Aperture library with several other libraries along side.

    I’ve also used Lightroom 1,2,3 & 4 and have no desire to try 5. There are things in Lightroom I truly hope will come to Aperture 4.0, like the noise reduction and lens correction.

    I’m also hoping they adopt the FCPX colour board because while it seems a bit whacky at first sight it’s amazingly flexible and photography would truly benefit from it’s masking (both shape and colour). I do not like the current 3 way colour corrector they added to Aperture recently because the controls are too small to be really useful!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 10th, 2013

      Dave, Glad to hear someone else has seen the benefits to FCPX. I think it’s an amazing program and if we get something similar in the new Aperture we will really have a powerful new tool. I received an interesting email from ApertureExpert Joseph Linaschke today that showed a recent ad from Apple announcing a new position being posted. Below it’s copied from the Aperture Expert web site. Sounds like something is in the works. My only disappointment is it would seem it’s not far along if they are just looking now, but then on the other hand maybe it’s an additional position due to a new product they are predicting serious success with. I think overall it’s a positive announcement. Stay tuned.

      Joseph Linaschke added “Do You Want to Work at Apple?”:

      Do you want to work at Apple? Do you know photography, DAM, post, and have the ability to translate complicated ideas into simple written explanations?

      If so, then this could be your lucky day.

      If interested, apply on the jobs.apple.com (https://jobs.apple.com/us/search?#&ss=26765071&t=0&so=&lo=0*USA&pN=0&openJobId=26765071) page.

      APD Instructional Designer
      job ID 26765071 (https://jobs.apple.com/us/search?#&ss=26765071&t=0&so=&lo=0*USA&pN=0&openJobId=26765071)

      The Apple Product Documentation team is looking for an instructional designer or a photographer to write user documentation for its photography applications. The ideal candidate has:

      Expertise in photography, compositing, photo asset management, post-production photography, and multimedia production with the ability to translate this knowledge into simple and engaging documentation for photo hobbyists and professionals.
      Writing or teaching experience in photography and related subjects.
      Exceptional writing skills.
      The ability to synthesize and simplify complex topics and procedures, including explaining concepts and features to beginners.

      Job responsibilities

      Create the best user documentation possible for assigned projects.
      Manage time independently and meet all scheduled deliverable deadlines.
      Master the tools required to design, develop, and update Apple documentation.
      Analyze various sources (customer feedback, usability test results, and so on) for guidance on ways to improve the instructional products.
      Advocate for users throughout the product development cycle, and influence product and interface design through close collaboration with product teams.
      Help test and debug online training and help systems.
      Collaborate with other project team members—editor, graphic designer, engineer, quality manager, marketer, and so on—and communicate instructional issues and decisions as needed.
      Participate in evolving the overall instructional design strategy for Apple products.


      Graduate degree in Instructional Design, Information Technology, MFA or equivalent experience.
      Minimum of four years’ instructional design experience, creating print or electronic documentation.
      Minimum of five years’ photography post-production experience.
      Familiarity with iPhoto, iPhoto iOS, Aperture, and Adobe Creative Suite, or similar applications.
      Exceptional writing, communication, and project management skills.
      HTML development and single-source experience desired.
      Interface design, human factors, and usability-testing experience a plus.

  24. DavidOn Jul. 1st, 2013

    I share your hope (not sure I can get to optimism just yet).

    I have only been using Aperture for a year (as an upgrade from iPhoto). I don’t make any money out of photography and would class myself in the serious enthusiast category. It was the integration of the iPhoto and Aperture libraries that allowed me to move.

    There are so many good tools in Aperture now but there are so many more that it needs. Lightroom looks great but “non-pro” features like faces and places keep me in Aperture. I don’t know why these (esp. places) are derided by many; I view them as metadata tools.

    I hope Aperture (4, X or 3.5!) will allow it to (at least) catchup with Lightroom but (as you do) I hope that the next release is soon and exceeds what Lightroom has to offer. Without this leap I cannot see ‘pros’ heading back in many numbers.

    People that depend upon a software solution for their business require a roadmap. Without this from Apple I fear that here is just one more reason for pros to avoid Aperture. So I do hope there is a major release in Fall.

    I hope the unifying of the iPhoto and Aperture back-end libraries will allow the Aperture team to focus on end-user tools.

    (Sorry for the negative tone of this comment, I think it goes against that of your good post)



  25. GrahamOn Jun. 21st, 2013

    Hey Alex – hope you are into Aperture by now. What your discussion about cost saving and waiting for the next upgrade (a logical consideration) reminded me of was that no-one really seems to mention the need to factor in your own time for the learning. My view is that you get on to the curve as soon as possible and you will be ahead when the next version comes out, assuming you value your time at least a dollar or two an hour.

    Even if Apple come out with a totally reimagined version, as with FCPX, there will still be much that is transferable. That was my experience with FCPX at least, once I got over the initial boggling. I doubt the the change to Aperture could be quite so radical but then again Apple did not get where it is by not surprising people :-}}

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 22nd, 2013

      Great insight Alex. I agree with you that what Apple does best is think outsdie the box. Who knows what the next version of Aperture will look like and for $79.00US it’s a tremendous bargain to get your photo library on track.

  26. JamesOn Jun. 11th, 2013

    Noticed Jeff Ascough decided not to purchase the LR5 update today. Instead, he revisited Aperture.

    I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing. I’ve bee a Lightroom user, but Aperture seems to be more user friendly. I’m guessing we will see some kind of major update with the release of the new Mac Pro this fall. An update that will take advantage of Apple’s new hardware.

    I’m a little disappointed with Adobe’s move to rental software only. I think others are as well. I realize LR is still renal or perpetual license, but I think the writing is on the wall. Adobe wants everyone to rent for life. They don’t want you to own any of their software. If Apple comes out with awesome versions of Aperture & FCPX this fall it could persuade a lot of folks to move from Adobe to Apple.

    I hope Apple does something amazing this fall with Aperture!

  27. AlexOn Jun. 11th, 2013

    Taking photography SERIOUSLY, I meant to say

  28. AlexOn Jun. 11th, 2013

    Well WWDC came and went. Still no Aperture 4! As a long time Mac user, I am tempted to go with an outdated Aperture 3 if only for the integration with iPhoto. Taking photography is very much in its infancy for me so Aperture 3 would probably really impress me and by the time I have figured out how to use it, 4 may come along for a small upgrade price? I think I will get 3 tonight and stop reading about Lightroom 5 and what I’m missing!

  29. Simon BeesleyOn Jun. 11th, 2013

    I’m also hoping against hope for a great full version number upgrade for Aperture as I have always loved the interface. I have no idea if one is coming, but in response to the last poster, the Fuji X-Trans RAF files (if that’s what you were referring to) have been supported in Aperture for a month or two now and I have to say that I think it does a damn fine job, even in comparison to Capture One. Certainly doing better that LR in this concern.

    There is no doubt that in many areas the LR development module does a better job – sharpening would be my main example from my usage – which is why in some cases I end up taking files from Aperture across into LR and back again after development. Long term though, this is far too schizophrenic for my brain 🙂

    Pros using Aperture? Well there are certainly some. Last time he posted anything on workflow, Chase Jarvis was using it as was Joe McNally at one point (no idea if they still do). The guy who puts together the Apple product shots uses it (not surprisingly, I guess).

    Although I get continually pulled towards the dev benefits of LR, I keep coming back to the fact that Aperture produces a “look” that I prefer. Best noise reduction? No. Best sharpening? No. But as I said above, my experience of using it with X-series cameras (my only cameras now) is that Aperture does a much better job of dealing with micro-detail than LR. However, I understand that everyone’s experience will vary here as everyone has a different priority.

    The problem for me is that I want to stick with Aperture in the hope of a great leap-frogging upgrade. But the longer this goes on and the better LR/CO get in the RAW development area, then the more I will feel left behind. But one thing that, in my opinion, LR and CO will never do is to beat Aperture in the user interface and integration arena.

    Each to their own, at the end of the day.


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 11th, 2013

      Well said Simon. I’m feeling positive that the new Mac Pro was announced and seemingly another major update to Final Cut Pro X. All great indications Apple hasn’t given up on the Professional users. I still believe we’re going to see a fabulous update to Aperture which I continue to use due to Aperture’s speed with a HUGE Library, 500,000+ images, it’s integration with FCPX and other Apple programs, it’s superior User Interface and better relational database capabilities. Hanging in there until the new update is released.

  30. Pete BurkwoodOn Jun. 10th, 2013

    I wish I shared your optimism.

    I have recently ditched Aperture for Capture One Pro.

    I was an Aperture user from V1 and stuck by it, but with the lack of RAW support for my Fuji cameras for nearly 13 months was a step too far. I cannot take Apples stance on supporting Pro’s seriously with no word of support for that amount of time.

    I’m aware RAF files are a little trickier to process but no word for over 12 months is just not good enough.

    Aside from that when switching to Capture One Pro, I realised how unnecessarily big Aperture makes there managed libraries!


  31. JoeOn Jun. 10th, 2013

    Today is WWDC and Adobe has just now released a new major version of Lightroom. Fingers crossed that this is meant to be positioned against an all new and great Aperture 4!

  32. AlexOn Jun. 7th, 2013

    I have recently bought my first DSLR and I am well aware iphoto will not cut it from now on! I want to go with Aperture but don’t want to shell out for 3 when 4 could be around the corner. What do you think? If it will only be a cheap upgrade when it arrives, thats not so bad and i can get started rather than waiting for something that could take longer than we think.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 7th, 2013

      Alex, Unfortunately I’m not sure when we will see the update. Though nobody likes to spend unnecessary money, Aperture is now so inexpensive I personally would get started organizing your images with the current version. That’s me though and obviously you have to decide for yourself but having your images online, organized and ready for printing, photo contests, sending out to potential clients and available for family projects, christmas cards, books etc. is a great feeling. There are many hints that it may be coming as soon as next week at the WWDC. I’m certainly hopeful. Good luck with your decision.

  33. Tom NorthenscoldOn Jun. 6th, 2013

    Scott Bourne has also ditched his Canon, no wait Nikon, no wait Canon DSLR gear too for micro four-thirds. There are plenty of pros using Aperture. Certainly there are more using Lightroom. But Aperture remains a fully powered tool. It’s interesting, I used to think I wanted better noise reduction, but the cameras are getting so good that I frankly don’t notice it anymore. Lens correction would be nice, but not being a landscape or architecture shooter, it’s not as big a deal to me. I love the integration across the Apple ecosystem. That is huge for me. I’m also using the new incarnation of PhotoStreams extensively. So what would I like to see in a next major upgrade of Aperture? Goodness, I have to think about that. I still think improved noise reduction would be good as would lens correction. After that, I’d say having an ability to share albums for client proofing, with selecting and rating capabilities for the clients, that might be nice. I think more impressive and interactive ways to share images across all our devices would be great. How about more powerful slideshows and new templates? That’d be good. Having said all this though, I must say that I am a huge Aperture fan and find that in no way does it hold me back.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 7th, 2013

      Tom, I agree with you on virtually all you mentioned such as decreased importance for a great, builtin anti noise tool. If things are really bad I use the Aperture plugin from Nik called DFine2. It’s a great program and easily works in the Aperture envelope. My biggest desire has been a good lens correction tool but have found myself not yearning so much since I found PTLens. It’s inexpensive and works really well. For those interested you can visit Aperture’s Plugin Page for more tools that works seamlessly with Aperture.

  34. Mark IrelandOn Jun. 6th, 2013

    Apple just added a new update for Aperture
    at http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1657

  35. John DriggersOn Jun. 5th, 2013

    Apple is waiting to get it right? That’s just plain silly. Aperture 3 was released 2 years and 5 months ago. Aperture 4 is just not a priority, given everything else that has been released in the last 2.3 years by Apple. Just for the record, if Apple releases Aperture 4 in Nov 2013, that will mean it took 8 years to get from version 1 to version 4. Again, it makes one think about priorities.

    Aperture was marketed as be the tool for professionals, blah, blah—not because it was, but so they could try to charge $499 for it. Ten months later, seeing that that price was not sustainable, they dropped it to $299. At it’s current $80 price in the Apple store, it’s priced about right for it’s limited (read that as decidedly non-professional, hobbyist level) feature set. If you think Aperture is a pro tool, go online and find out how many books and workshops there are for Aperture versus Lightroom. There’s a couple of books and a no-longer available online workshop from Creative Live/Scott Bourne that is years old. I don’t know whether it’s not available because it’s old or Scott blocked it. After years as an Aperture evangelist, he final gave up as Aperture continued to fall behind the power curve and switched to Lightroom There are a couple of stale websites with Aperture tips, and that’s about it for support—because there just isn’t a professional community using Aperture that is large enough to warrant interest. Ask yourself why?

    Also when the release cycle from camera manufacturers runs 8-18 months between models, waiting a year or more for Apple to release RAW support for new models is not in keeping with a professional software tool.

    Now, before you all get into a hissy fit about these comments remember two things.

    1. The comments are observations of reality-not fantasy.

    2. I am a 100% apple user-Mac Mini, 2xMacbook Pro, MacBook, iPhone 4 & 5, 2 iPad2’s, 2 iPad 3.5’s, Apple TV and Apple Airport Extreme + 2xAiport Express. (Gotta sell some stuff!) I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DXO and Capture One–all the most recent paid versions. I have had Aperture on my machine since version 2 and paid more to upgrade to version 3 than it sells for now in the app store. I retired last year and closed a professional photography business. I have a pretty good background for my views and I am obviously not an Apple hater.

    Aperture remains over rated, under developed, and decidedly not state-of-the-art. Like all of you, I look forward to Aperture 4 because I WANT a great version of Aperture. But I am not optimistic.

    And I can’t buy into this fantasy that all is ok in Aperture-land because Apple is just trying to get it right. I love Apple, but I can’t drink THAT Kool-Aid.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 5th, 2013

      John, You’re obviously passionate about your view and you’ve lined it all out pretty convincingly. However, for me, I’m happy to give it some more time. I think we’re going to see a terrific upgrade. I do admire you’re conviction and passion about it all and appreciate you sharing it on this subject. Thanks for adding your input.

  36. PatrickOn Jun. 5th, 2013

    I dont share your optimism. I’m afraid that Apple just kill Aperture like it has killed so many professional application before. Final Cut Pro (the one who deserve a pro in its name), Color, Soundtrack pro, DVD Studio Pro, Shake, Logic. Apple abandoned the pro world to go to the consumer world. That’s a change of strategy that pays well for them but it’s really a bad news for the pros.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 5th, 2013

      Patrick, I have to disagree when you use Final Cut Pro X as an example. So many gave FCPX a negative knee-jerk reaction and I have to say I find it an AMAZING upgrade compared to what the old FCP was. I know many professionals who switched over to Adobe’s Premiere and have regretted it. I think we’ll see an even better upgrade for Aperture. There’s lots of talk about the new tech economy being all about the software and I’m confident Apple will make sure Aperture is part of the that new services business model. Just my two cents.

  37. RafOn May. 30th, 2013

    New RAW update! D7100 is now supported.

    Unfortunately I am still waiting for my camera to have RAW support (released one year ago). I did receive an email from Apple stating that the RAW support is in development and that they even have the camera in hands to get the sensor profiled. In the meantime two RAW updates have been released and nothing… this really gets me frustrated.

    As Daniel mentioned before, I am also shooting RAW+JPG but I am starting to wonder if they are really going to support my camera. I admit, the Leica Monochrom is a niche camera and will not sell 1% of what other cameras will but it would be nice not to have to switch to Lightroom (which actually comes with the camera!).



  38. RafOn May. 27th, 2013

    I also share your optimism. There has been a lot of bashing about the lack of updates on Aperture, that its development has ceased and everyone is migrating to Lightroom. To be honest I think this is Adobe’s marketing campaign.

    Although Aperture was created with the Professional Market in mind, I see more and more “prosumers” (if you like that term :)) using it. Some think this is bad claiming that Apple is dumbing down the program by making some things that the “amateurs” like such as the “auto enhance” feature. On the other hand, the larger the install base of the program, the more we will see its development.

    Aperture is one the most downloaded apps at the Apple store (top 15), and certainly one of the most profitable (top 10). And this has been the case since it was first launched on the App store. I would think a lot of people are using it. I would believe more people are migrating from the free-comes-with-your-new-mac iPhoto to Aperture than Lightroom or any other DAM software. Most people don’t really care if there is a version 4, or 5. Just the fact that your entire iPhoto Library can easily be imported into Aperture is a big plus.

    Good read for those thinking on migrating from Aperture: http://photo.rwboyer.com/2013/05/26/apple-adobe-the-future/

    The best is yet to come. It will be worth the wait.



  39. Will WilliamsOn May. 26th, 2013


    I really get upset when folks want things in a hurry! Quality always takes time…ALWAYS. It’s the very thing that’s been mentioned already in the responses. Apple wants to get it right and I for one truly appreciate that. Look at the situation the car industry is in. Recall after recall after recall. It’s not so much that the product is bad, it’s the fact that the cars are being rushed into production and we the consumer have to bite the bullet and suffer trough them getting it right. And not to mention the countless times Microsoft got it wrong which force folks like me to stay with Windows XP longer than I really should have. People need to chill and allow these company to get things right for a change!

  40. David WilsonOn May. 23rd, 2013

    I’m glad the pro Aperture users are hanging in there and speaking out in favor of this incredible program. I’ve been using Aperture for only about three years now, but I wonder how I ever got along without it. I’ve been a pro retoucher for 20 years using Photoshop and Bridge, which I would never give up, but Aperture is the workhorse and hub at the center of my workflow. If only it could support workgroups I would use it in the corporate imaging studio that I manage.

  41. GabrielOn May. 20th, 2013

    Well said. I agree with you completely. Although I would very much like to see a new version of Aperture, the truth is that it does pretty much everything I want it to do. And it does it very well.

    Last year I wrote a wish list of what I’d like to see in a new version (here: http://bit.ly/14KILUo). I have to admit that although I’d love to see those features added, they’re not a show stopper in any way.

  42. SteveOn May. 18th, 2013

    Funny, I was scratching my head as early as today when I noticed the glaring issue… Darn it, I was hoping I did something wrong and it wasn’t an actual issue. Doesn’t different lenses help or is it all in the house?

    The RAW issue is well, to say it honestly a shame, but as you say it’s surely well thought out on their side, simply because the next release will be too close to this one.

    I went from a D90 which served me well but not as well as the D50 back when it was new and I was new to all things digital. But this one sure is a fast camera and it does many things I love ten times better, but there are some minor and I hope they stay minor, issues that I hope I can learn to live with.

    Thank you for your reply, I understand your disappointment and agree with your comments all the way.

  43. SteveOn May. 17th, 2013

    COOL! I got the D7100 too! I’m considering getting the 35mm lens as everyone is raving about it. I have the old 50mm but would like to invest in the Nikons own 35mm.

    How do you like the D7100 so far? I love it except for that darn shutter button, it’s too soft and I miss the old feel of press slightly to focus and then you can feel when you press one more time to actually shoot. This one’s button is so bleh… other than that, I’m thrilled, but I’ve only had it for about two weeks.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 18th, 2013

      Steve, The D7100 is a superb camera with one GLARING issue. If you shoot RAW, you only get seven frames before the buffer is full. The camera shoots at 6FPS which is terrific but that gives you 1 second and you’re out of bullets so to speak. When I ran in to a full buffer, for the first time, I thought I had something set wrong. Unfortunately, a review of the manual confirmed my suspensions and disappointment. Other than that problem the camera is amazing. Great AF capabilities, great files, nice ergonomics but six RAW frames wa a deal breaker for me. If you;re shooting JPEgs it’s a non issue. Nikon still has another camera up it’s sleeve in this same or similar category and I’m sure that’s why they chose not to up the RAW capabilities of the D7100. Thanks for your input.

  44. SteveOn May. 17th, 2013

    Ah ok… got confused as I found several pages where people have debated how soon Aperture 4 will be released and it was in relation to some announcement. I never found the announcement but I found the debates originating some 11 months ago, which means nothing happened since.

    I personally like Aperture over Lightroom, but am forced to use Lightroom for my Nikon camera since Aperture hasn’t been updated with the new raw recognition software.

    I’ve had Aperture since version 1, it’s great, and at this stage I like it over Lightroom but I’m very disappointed over the fact that when known brands like Canon and Nikon releases products in their pro lines, Apple doesn’t update it in time.

    I got a new Nikon and my girlfriend a new Canon, neither is supported by Aperture. That’s really frustrating to say the least.

    Anyway, love your site, it’s great design, welcoming and has great contents. Thanks for your reply.

    Have a groovy weekend!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 17th, 2013

      Steve, thanks for adding your thoughts. I agree with your disappointments on the slow process of support for newer cameras in Aperture. The way I deal with it, is to shoot both RAW and JPEG’s until the update is released. Actually, Aperture was much more punctual on several recent models and I thought they had turned a new leaf. However, I’m still waiting for RAW support for Nikon’s D7100. There has been lots of talk and speculation in the last few months about the importance of software to all tech leaders right now and I’m hopeful that means we’ll see a resurgence in Apple’s interest in continuing to give us the best software possible. WE can only hope at this point. Thansk again for stopping by and keep your eyes peeled for a totally revamped Natural Exposures web site in the next 3-4 weeks.

  45. SteveOn May. 17th, 2013

    Where did you hear that they are working on the 4th one? I’m so upset that Aperture is not recognizing my new Nikon DSLR camera. It’s been a couple of months now and still no support while Lightroom has already gotten it as well as Photoshop.

    Apple has it’s priorities messed up.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 17th, 2013

      Steve, I’ve not heard a thing officially. Nobody has. I’m just going by what they ahve done int he past and I’m hopeful they will do for us in the future. That’s it bud. Lets hope Apple doesn’t let us down.

  46. GregOn Apr. 23rd, 2013

    I share your optimism. Aperture is an underrated powerhouse if you know how to squeeze it. I’ve been using it since the beginning and version 3.4 is superb. Running it in a production workflow within a publishing company has huge benefits.
    Here’s hoping they are spending time getting it right.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 24th, 2013

      Greg, Thanks for your input. The more I work with Aperture the more I love it. It has such tremendous power. Without a doubt they need to make some headway on new tools but overall it’s fabulous. So many folks out there comparing the potential demise of Aperture to FCPX. I used the old FCP and I can only DREAM that the new Aperture will be the tremendous step forward FCPX was. FCPX is a phenomenally easy program to use. I’m guessing the wait will be well worth it!! Hang in there Apple and get it right,

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