Aperture & Lightroom alternatives

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by AlexH, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. AlexH macrumors 68000

    AlexH

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    Pretty simple question... Are there any decent alternatives to Aperture and Lightroom? I'm not a full blown Photoshop user, and I don't have any big issues with either of these apps, I have just been curious if there are any real alternatives that offer similar functionality.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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  3. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    PhaseOne Capture Pro I think it's called? I don't think you need a phaseone back to use it, the program will work with all major DSLRs.

    Also DxO Optics used to have a similar product, don't know if they still do. I used to use them but they seriously botched a couple releases of their software and I moved on.
     
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Pixelmator competes with Photoshop Elements, not Aperture or Lightroom. The latter focus on organizing photos while Pixelmator is a photo editor.
     
  5. toxic macrumors 68000

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    Bibble
    CaptureOne
    DXO Optics

    or you can just use ACR and Bridge. I use Aperture and CaptureOne, honestly C1 doesn't work so well by itself. all the plugins for Ap/LR mean you can get by without PS.

    both of those are completely different.
     
  6. Eolian macrumors regular

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    I've read that ACDSee Pro is very capable, though I've not used it personally. Current page looks to show a significant pricing discount for Mac.

    I have used ACD's Canvas X for many years, and can attest to the terrific power and flexibility of that program. Shame that's not currently supported (though it still runs quite smoothly on 10.6.8); I suppose it's an open question have far they'll go with ACDSee.
     
  7. Funkatronic macrumors 6502

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    I've heard favourable things about Darktable from some POTN users. Link
     

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