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Your choice for image management.

Which is the best image managment solution for you?  

28 members have voted

  1. 1.

    • Aperture
      2
    • Lightroom
      1
    • iPhoto 6 (or older versions)
      19
    • Photoshop
      6


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This issue was raised on the MacCast. Which do you use/like better. Your final decision could mean what software I buy.

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Hey. I changed this poll to make it a little more open and to not be a re-post of this topic.

 

http://www.maccast.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4728

 

Personally I prefer iPhoto becuase it is simple and I really don't need that added feature that LightRoom and Aperture bring. I plan on playing with LightRoom based on the other good things I have heard. Aperture is just too much for me.

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Hey. I changed this poll to make it a little more open and to not be a re-post of this topic.

 

http://www.maccast.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4728

 

Personally I prefer iPhoto becuase it is simple and I really don't need that added feature that LightRoom and Aperture bring. I plan on playing with LightRoom based on the other good things I have heard. Aperture is just too much for me.

You can edit my posts? I am not sure I like that. :?

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currently I use Photoshop 7.0, but I am just scrathcing the surface with what all it can do. It's either that or Paint at the moment so lol

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Hey. I changed this poll to make it a little more open and to not be a re-post of this topic.

 

http://www.maccast.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4728

 

Personally I prefer iPhoto becuase it is simple and I really don't need that added feature that LightRoom and Aperture bring. I plan on playing with LightRoom based on the other good things I have heard. Aperture is just too much for me.

You can edit my posts?

Uhhh. He's the admin of the forum :P

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iPhoto 6 is my main.. with Photoshop to supplement it for editing. But 98% of the time, iPhoto does all I need. :D

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I use a combination, iPhoto is my catalogue and Photoshop as my editor, the adjustments in iPhoto just are not enough, having used aperture I have to say everything just seams to take so long, I used it on top end system and I seamed to spend more time with the spin beach ball that actually my editing my images, not great for the quantity of image i work with. I have to say i won’t be changing my work flow for now.

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Hey. I changed this poll to make it a little more open and to not be a re-post of this topic.

 

http://www.maccast.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4728

 

Personally I prefer iPhoto becuase it is simple and I really don't need that added feature that LightRoom and Aperture bring. I plan on playing with LightRoom based on the other good things I have heard. Aperture is just too much for me.

You can edit my posts?

Uhhh. He's the admin of the forum :P

I know, but I don't like it when people twist my words. However this case was okay.

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A friend of mine is considering a Mac purchase and wanted to check out Lightroom on my PowerBook, so we grabbed one of his DVDs with about 430 RAW images from his camera (each pic is about 10MG) and imported them all into the Lightroom library.

 

I have a PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.4.4 at 1.33 GHz with 512MG of RAM. When we ran Lightroom, it was the only app running, save for background stuff you don't normally see.

 

Suffice it to say that it was pretty much unusable. Importing the images took quite some time and even after they were all available for editing, it kept updating the library thumbnails (or something like that -- it was indicated in the upper right corner). We tried editing some images while this was going on, but the response time on merely bringing up a menu was unacceptable.

 

We then deleted all the images and tried importing only 10. It was still quite slow. Doing detailed transformations -- not just Sepia and B&W -- took quite some time; more time than an amateur or professional would probably we willing to wait. Certainly, it was too slow for my friend.

 

I realize that I only had 512MG of RAM and we were editing images that are 10MG each, so this had to make a serious impact. Still, I can safely say that it was not close to a usable experience on my machine.

 

Oh, and my friend didn't think any less of Macs just because mine wasn't all that good at running Lightroom. :)

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buy.

I have a comment and a couple questions.

 

#1. "Buy," cfsporn, that's funny.

 

#2. Do all or most digital cameras have the ability to export RAW format photos or does one need a high end camera?

 

#3. If I don't use any RAW images, just the JPEGs that come from my camera, would I have any use for either Lightroom or Aperture?

 

-Rob

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If you aren't a professional or hobbiest iphoto is all you need.

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I guess I started this debate. (Sorry for the boring review BTW) I actually just wanted to try out the whole Pod-Cast experience and I had just recently purchased Aperture. Thought I had better try out Lightroom since it is free to try.

 

I stand by my review that for most users iPhoto is the way to go. Lightroom will run on a less beefy machine, but I found for me Aperture easier to use. I have since discovered some down sides to Aperture, however. Unlike iPhoto or Lightroom I can not access my photo files from other sources unless I export it from Aperture. The photos are stored in what they call a vault and not a normal finder folder. That one kind of bothers me.

 

My favorite feature of Aperture is the ability to import just some of the photos off the camera's card. Adam mentioned that the new iPhoto does not check for duplicates anymore, and that he missed that since he kept picts on his card. With Aperture you can do this and just select the new images to be placed in the program.

 

I'm an educator and qualified for the academic price. Don't think I would have been willing to foot the entire bill for Aperture, but I still like it.

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If you aren't a professional or hobbiest iphoto is all you need.

 

I'm not trying to be snotty, but this answer doesn't address my questions.

 

-Rob

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#2. Do all or most digital cameras have the ability to export RAW format photos or does one need a high end camera?

 

Not a great deal of lower end digital cameras have this functionality right now and I don't see it appearing mainstream too soon. This is simply because there is no use for it in todays market; the general public don't require the sort of editing power that a RAW image produces. You can find information about the benefits of the RAW image format here.

 

#3. If I don't use any RAW images, just the JPEGs that come from my camera, would I have any use for either Lightroom or Aperture?

 

I'd say probably not yet I don't base this on the use of jpegs, but rather on the fact that you need to ask the question. If you aren't a real enthusiast prosumer, professional or otherwise heavily technically involved photographer then you won't have a use for Aperture or Lightroom that I can see right now. For the majority of the population (even most pro photographers sadly) iPhoto holds all the tools and power they require, where Aperture and Lightroom, much like Photoshop, are too heavily involved to properly understand and use. That said; anyone can make use of the features of Aperture which iPhoto doesn't have but it's a case of need, finances and willingness to learn and grow (not to mention a natural talent for post production photography).

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I think that Apple should be working on a Photoshop competiter.

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I think that Apple should be working on a Photoshop competiter.

This is a bit off-topic, but

 

I think Apple needs to continue to stay focused and not attempt to alienate a company that helps to generate hardware sales of Apple products.

 

With Aperture Apple sought to fill a gap, creating a precision tool where one did not exist. Lightroom is Adobe swimming out to a sailing ship. I bet they were taken by surprise when they found that Apple was producing Aperture and had nothing to offer. (BTW, I'm quite sure Adobe will catch that ship.)

 

A Photoshop competitor would have Apple trying to break into a pretty satisfied market, which is very difficult to do, even for Apple. They'd be better off donating money to the open-source photoshop competitor in gimp.

 

-Rob

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iPhoto for the nitty-gritty stuff every day, but Photoshop when I need to fiddle with RAW

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I meant that this question is like getting a group of star wars and star trek fans together and asking them which is the best space ship. ;) Different people have completely different needs. Iphoto is consumer aperture pro.

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