Aperture or iPhoto for management/viewing?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by CMD is me, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. CMD is me macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    I have iPhoto '08 and was considering upgrading to '09. I do like the "events" feature of iPhoto, but at times wish it had more editing options. For those using Aperture, how does it compare to iPhoto for photo management and viewing? Would Aperture take the place of iPhoto or is better to use iPhoto as the manager/viewer and Aperture as just an editor ?
  2. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    Aperture does just about everything I need (organisation of pix, light editing and adjustments, etc), so I don't have any use for iPhoto.
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    iPhoto is much better at managing since it has Faces, Places and Events. Aperture does not. Aperture is good for photographers who don't use Faces, Places or Events. It's for batch processing and the like. I'd use iPhoto since it's consumer based and suited for the casual user.
  4. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    iPhoto is a viewer/manager, so that's how it should be used. It does its job brilliantly! The new version has better editing tools, and are plenty for my personal needs.
  5. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    I have both. I use iPhoto only for viewing certain photos and presenting them to friends as its slideshow features are much more stylish. Use Aperture for everything else. I'm hoping Aperture 2.5/3 includes some of the new iPhoto 09 features...
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If what you need is better editing then buy "Adobe Photoshop Elements". It integrates seamlessly with iPhoto (from within iPhoto you double click the photo and it comes up in Elements then goes back to iPhoto when you are done) Elements is a much better editor then Aperture and I would recommend it the Aperture's users too. (it integrates with Aperture the same way.)

    Searching and sorting is not that much different in Aperture vs. iPhoto except the Aperture has a more powerful meta data editor with a lot more options and fields

    The best way to buy Elements is to buy a Wacon "Bamboo Fun" graphic tablet. Elements is bundled inside for free. The tablet sells for about $10 more then Elements does and you will need a tablet if you make use of any of the brush or re-touch tools in Photoshop Elements
  7. Pomeroy macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2008
    I do 90% of my edits in iPhoto but for more power I change the default editor of iPhoto in Preferences to either pixelmator or GraphicConverter. You can use just about any editor you want that way. That way when I make edits it stays in iPhoto and they integrate seamlessly with iPhoto and you don't have to Export and Reimport back into iPhoto. Just be sure you just use Save and not Save As after your edit.

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