AMITIAE - Tuesday 5 August 2014
Cassandra: Moving from Aperture to Lightroom - Early Advice from Adobe
By Graham K. Rogers
When news came out of Apple that Aperture was not to be developed further, and that Aperture and iPhoto were to be replaced by a new Photos application, I was not happy. I was not alone. For most people, the obvious move would be to Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom which already has a large following.
My own choice was to hold on for the moment and carry on using Aperture which still works very nicely and is not defunct as was reported by Bambi Brennan earlier today on Mac 360 in a review of Tonality (I must try that). Aperture is still firing on all cylinders for now.
As I read through the PDF it seems to me that there is a problem concerning the number of images, and perhaps more significantly, the number of libraries that a user may have. For some, images may number into the thousands: to export each of the original images and separate TIFF images for adjustments made, could take a long time. Multiply that by the possibility of photo libraries stored on external disks, and the problem increases by several magnitudes.
I am still of the mind to wait until I have a better idea of what the yet-to-be-released Photos can do, especially with the possibility of external editing tools like Tonality and the hope that some developers will be working on plugins for the new Photos application.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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