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Aperture vs. Lightroom Alpine CA

When Apple introduced Aperture (4 mice) in late 2005, the program was a revelation. By beefing up the simplicity of iPhoto with intelligent image-management and photo-editing features, Apple jump-started a whole new product category for professional photographers.

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Aperture vs. Lightroom

Aperture vs. Lightroom Review

Reader Score: 8.75 (out of 10)
Head-to-Head Review (Summary): "When Apple introduced Aperture (4 mice) in late 2005, the program was a revelation. By beefing up the simplicity of iPhoto with intelligent image-management and photo-editing features, Apple jump-started a whole new product category for professional photographers. The result was a workflow tool carefully tuned for use with the ever-increasing number of digital SLRs and the Raw files they create.

Adobe quickly followed up with its own photo workflow program, Photoshop Lightroom (4 mice), letting it simmer in a yearlong public beta before releasing the finished version in February. Now that both programs are available, the question on many minds is "Which application reigns supreme?"

The answer isn't clear-cut. While both Aperture and Lightroom perform the role of image manager and photo editor admirably, each program has plenty of unique features that set it apart. To determine which program is best for you, you'll need to assess your work style and then choose the one whose features best support that process. I'll lead you through the most significant differences and help you decide which will benefit you most. ...

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