Alternative image cataloging app

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Nimrad, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Nimrad macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    As Apple just killed off Aperture I'm starting to look for alternatives and can't really seem to find much besides Lightroom. The problem with Lightroom is the pricing. Aperture was the perfect match for me as it was kind of cheap for an amateur photographer. Lightroom is priced at almost 100 NOK (13 USD) per month for me and the only thing I use the app for is cataloging and really minor editing when I have the time.

    So what I'm looking for is an app that will give just as powerful cataloging features as Aperture(projects, albums, folders, face detection, smart albums, keywords), but at a lower price than Lightroom. Does this exist?
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Well Aperture is still here and working and will be for a few years yet, and there is a new Photos app coming from Apple which from all accounts will cover what you do, so why not wait and see what the new app is like?
  3. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    I am going to keep running Aperture at least until Photo's makes its appearance. Aperture is not being developed further but RAW support will still be adde as that isn't Aperture code.

    I would be most concerned about any library format change that rendered moving to Photos a one-way deal (barring restore from backup), as I'm not planning to change my camera or workflow any time soon I don't foresee any problems with running Aperture for some time (I'd expect 2yrs minimum given Apple is still selling Aperture, it was supported under Yosemite and highly likely to run under the next 1-2 OSX releases).

    No rush.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There's also CaptureOne, though I think the DAM capabilities is weaker then LightRoom and Aperture.

    Personally You cannot go wrong with Lightroom, you can still buy the stand alone version of LR if you don't want to go the subscription route.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I agree with the posts above, that there's no immediate reason to "run from" Aperture.

    It still works, and I'll take a -guess- that it will KEEP working with at least the 10.11 and 10.12 versions of the Mac OS when they get released.

    We don't know what "Photos" is actually going to be like yet and won't until it's released or until Apple launches a public beta.

    That's the time to try it and see if it will work for you.
    And if not, that's when it will be time to move to the alternative.
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    You can do much of that with Picasa, which is free. I find it kinda slow, but did I say it's free?
  7. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    But continuing to use Aperture that he already has is just as free....

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