Aperture & Lightroom alternatives

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?
 

Ruahrc

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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.
 

toxic

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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.

FX Studio Pro
Pixelmator
both of those are completely different.
 

Eolian

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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.