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Just getting into digital photography as a hobby and have been looking to pick up a copy of Aperture which in boxed version goes for $199

Just found the downloadable copy at App Store and purchased for $79.99!


Great deal! Thanks Apple!!!
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I am wondering if this is permanent or a promo price. VueScan might have to wait if it's a promo...

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Not an Aperture user, but that is just an awesome deal IMO. If they ever get the bugs out, (ie; resource hogging, beach ball inducing app) I'll buy it.

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Edit: And I would think that the prices are permanent, because there's less overhead due to lack of packaging and distribution. Self containment= very smart business move.
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Might have to spring for that. Haven't upgraded Aperture 2 yet because I've been debating going with Lightroom so I could use either Win 7 or OS X.

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I just got Lightroom for christmas and now I am contemplating whether I should buy Aperture as well or just stick with Lightroom, what do ya'll think?

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I just got Lightroom for christmas and now I am contemplating whether I should buy Aperture as well or just stick with Lightroom, what do ya'll think?
Not sure anyone but you can answer that question. I love LR and wouldn't give it up for anything, but I can tell you that they both have their proponents, and for nothing else more than personal reasons. Well, maybe a little more. I liked Aperture, but it was a resource hog for me, and got nothing but beach balls when I was using the brushes. Both on my late 2008 and 2010 MacBook Pro's.

Otherwise, I much prefer the GUI in Lightroom, and LR 3's noise removal can not be matched right now. On the Aperture side, it's brushes kick butt when you can actually use them (see: beach balls).

If you have a hole burning your pocket... go for it. Can't hurt to know both systems. But I suggest that if you're serious about photography, to not waste too much time playing with both. Get to know a system and use which ever you're more comfortable with, or which ever one allows you to achieve your goals not only faster, but with the direction YOU want to go with in a more efficient manner. If you're just a tinkerer... then what the heck. Get it and enjoy.

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Thanks for the quick reply... I think I might stick with Lightroom for now, and then try the trial of Aperture 3 before making a decision.

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I liked Aperture, but it was a resource hog for me, and got nothing but beach balls when I was using the brushes. Both on my late 2008 and 2010 MacBook Pro's.
Thanks for posting this. I am definitely going to play with the trial quite a bit before deciding anything. Admittedly, beach balls are cuter than hourglasses, but still...

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Just want to say that the info I gave could be old news. A photography forum I frequent, had a post from this past October (and I had installed Aperture 3 well before then) stating this from a user of AP3:

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Just downloaded it and will give it a spin. I have to say that I love Aperture 3 - after they fixed the graphics and performance problems. It's been working great for the past several months. And I'm running it on an '06 iMac.
I don't really have much of a reason to use AP3 since the LR workflow is good for me, but I might try it again out of curiosity. Probably the only technical thing I'd give to LR over AP3 at this point then (if the issues have truly been worked out) is the noise reduction capabilities. I have an Nikon D300 and though it's not the worst in terms of noise, it's not the best, either. So I really value and cherish LR3's noise reduction. Both in terms of luminance and color. It's truly spectacular.

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Thanks. I think I'm going to play with the trial just to make sure. I don't need something super high end, but I do need better than iPhoto.

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I love Aperture. Paid about 270USD for it (through the Brazilian Apple Store back in June) and it was worth every penny. But I don't think people should get it just because it's cheap. If anyone's working fine with iPhoto or Lightroom, there's really no reason, IMO.

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Update: Downloaded the trial last night, and there are beach balls but only where I would expect them (importing and other large tasks), so I think they have gotten the problems ironed out. I went ahead and bought VueScan and am pretty much hoping that's the new price for Aperture so I can get it in a paycheck or two.

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Update: Downloaded the trial last night, and there are beach balls but only where I would expect them (importing and other large tasks), so I think they have gotten the problems ironed out. I went ahead and bought VueScan and am pretty much hoping that's the new price for Aperture so I can get it in a paycheck or two.
Have you tried using various brushes to selectively edit portions of an image? Put that sucker through the paces! I'm curious to know how it goes.

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I encountered problems getting Aperture to talk to my printers. Both worked perfectly with LR. I now use iPhoto for storage and selection, then transfer to LR for my adjustments and printing.
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I encountered problems getting Aperture to talk to my printers. Both worked perfectly with LR. I now use iPhoto for storage and selection, then transfer to LR for my adjustments and printing.
I have to ask.. Why on earth would you use iPhoto for those tasks, when Lightroom is meant to do those things ? A huge point and strength of LR is in its organizational capabilities as a DAM. Keywording and tagging are easily accomplished, and you can not only find things by sorting through the multitude of options in its database, but it also allows you to keep your file structure true to how you like it, in a file tree.

I can't really see the benefit of using iPhoto when you're using either Aperture or LR, really. Either of the former exports to multiple online storage facilities, social networking sites etc... They both allow access to cool printing and publishing templates (far better than iPhoto's)

All I can see you doing is adding an useless and time consuming step in your workflow. Not to mention that iPhoto multiplies the amount of files needed in order to fulfill each of the sizes available for iPhoto publishing. More wasted disk space.

So what's the deal?

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