Aperture Valid Serial

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Rarebrowndog, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Rarebrowndog macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2008
    Has anyone else had trouble with Aperture 2 trial, regarding entering the serial number? I have tried entering the serial ...probably 30-40 times, tried upper case and lowercase, with spaces instead of hyphens, taking out the hyphens and have also had 2 other people try to enter it!! all with no success!
    Judging from the amount of messages (51,000+) on the Apple forum site related to "Aperture trial serial not valid" I am not the only one, I have been unable to to actually view the messages as trying to view this thread results in a system error...Apples I presume. NOT IMPRESSED!
    I have been using Macs since the mid '80s and used them for work since 1987.....so I am a mac fan. But...so much has changed at apple, I spent 1 hour on the support site trying to find an email address, tried to login on the Apple Forum site, Altogether around 3 hours trying to evaluate a product which I intended to purchase, with this terrile level of support I am now questioning my faith! Anyhow I signed up to mac rumours to find out abut Aperture (this is the level of support Apple now has, better third party support) but I found Adobe Lightroom is supposed to be better so looks like Apple have missed out and I have wasted 3 hours.
    Where is Apple heading, this is not the Apple I came to admire, sorry all you Mac fans but I am very annoyed with this as last time I needed help was back in '92, no doubt I will cal down when I trial the Microshaft alternative........ fell much better already :)
  2. benzslrpee macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2007
    i just did a search with what you provided and it seems that the problem is that Apple provided the download link to 1.5 instead of 2.0 thus the serial emailed to you (for ver 2.0) probably wouldn't work. the solution seems to be this...


    "I have now been successful:

    1. Use the download on the page and not in the mail
    2. Re-apply for a serial number as the earlier one was for 1.5"
  3. Rarebrowndog thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2008
    Thanks for your reply
    I have now downloaded aperture 3 times, 2 from the web page, 1 from the email link. I have received 6 emails all with identical serial No's.. all with no success, all email and downloads claim to be version 2.1, I am about to try downloading from the UK site in the hope that it is a regional thing.
    In the meantime I have downloaded Adobe Lightroom which is excellent, really fast and a much smaller download. Impressed by Adobe on this one, I generally am biased agaist Adobe products but lightroom, dare I say it, is the best adobe software I have ever seen. I would prefer to use Apple software because I generally favour Apple but I can't imagine Aperture being better than this! I have a duty to my company though to trial alternatives, this will be my last attempt after this I will be able to report I have no faith in the product.
    I will let you know how I get along, thanks again for your reply
  4. Rarebrowndog thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2008
    Hi again
    I finally got aperture to work! downloaded via the UK store... just a different link I think. I knew it was going to work as soon as I saw the installer open, it opened with a default language of UK english. Aperture is extremely slow compared to Adobe Lightroom in fact from that point of view if is not much better than the software which shipped with the cameras at work, on the other hand it does have more control which is good I really liked the the quarter tones adjustment in the levels pallet. As the main reason for needing this software is that our present software is too slow (we are talking hours here) I find it difficult to recommend Aperture, Ok it is twice as fast as the the present software, has more control and is half nearly half the price of Lightroom but... Lightroom is around 20 times faster completing typical work tasks running on a MacBook 2x2Ghz with 1Gb Ram which is pretty typical of the machines at work, time is money and this is a lot of time! I preferred Apertures controls in some respects but found lightroom much more intuative in a curious OS9 like way, completely out doing Apple at it's own game. A plus point for Aperture is the typical Apple integration with other Apple software which is great for home use but is not really relevant here.
    Thanks again for your help and I hope this brief comparison is of use to other people.

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