Most important features in Aperture?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by silbeej, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. silbeej macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007
    What features/aspects of Aperture do you all find are the most important? I got a copy of it really cheap through my school, and since i would really like to get into photography, at least more than i am now, and i'm really into it, what features do you find are the most useful? I would really like to use the software to its full potential, but just haven't figured out what it does best.
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    The best feature of any of these programs is the non-destructive editing of RAW files.
  3. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Im still using the test drive, but the color adjustment based on single colors is really nice.
  4. viltsu macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2007
    Seconde vote for that! It´s amazing!
  5. Macerture macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2008
    Dirty Jersey
    Simply being able to request a new version from original and having that instantly is superb - or just one click to show master, again, amazing.. It's a great tool.
  6. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Organization- I actually like having all my pictures in one vault, as opposed to having them scattered everywhere in my computer. The metadata, search tools, and the fact that if I want a picture I can just click on the Aperture icon and find it within seconds is invaluable. If I want to use the image outside of Aperture, or edit it within PS, those functions are a keystroke away.
  7. redrabbit macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    I use LR but I really like Aperture's dual-monitor support. Library on one monitor, full screen editing on the other monitor
  8. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
  9. bobt macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2006
    Bozeman, Montana
    The best feature is the wonderful RAW support, especially for current generation cameras like the D3, D300, etc.

    Really sad for a so called professional program not to be able to keep somewhat current with camera support.
  10. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    In no particular order:

    1) The Loupe Tool
    2) The slick do-anything-from-anywhere-in-your-"workflow" GUI with plenty of keyboard mappings
    3) The online print ordering and book creation tools
    4) Full screen mode and the metadata and adjustment HUDs
    5) The Light Table

    For Aperture 2.0, I'd like to see for starters 1) A curves adjustment tool, 2) An extended plugin architecture, one that goes beyond the simple import-export features in the current Aperture SDK to allow such things as lens correction modules, noise reduction, etc. w/o ever leaving Aperture. 3) Improved performance and smaller memory footprint. It runs great on my Mac Pro but Lightroom runs faster and lighter.
  11. redrabbit macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    split toning would be nice in 2.0. thats another feature that keeps me in LR
  12. scotthayes macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
    I'll give that a third vote. Well for me it is the best feature, reduces the number of swear words when I'm editing pictures.
  13. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    I'd say either the really easy dual-monitor support, or the ability to create your own books/webgalleries.
  14. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    All of these and the rest of the list that is as long as my arm if it were stretched out for about a mile. There is just TOO many features in Aperture to really love and appreciate just one. If I did have to pick one it would be the feature of the "Entire Application" because it gives me the full monty of options and doesn't hold anything back.

    I would love to see plenty of improvement in Aperture 2.0. One of my biggest wants is offline editing. I could use curves adjustments and a sub program named Aperture Lite as well.
  15. law guy macrumors 6502a

    law guy

    Jan 17, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    Yes - the D3/300 void a glaring issue that would seem to push customers away - I'm guessing it's not really your favorite thing.
  16. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The problem is that Aperture relies in facilies deep within Mac OS X to handle the camera's RAW format. So support for new cameras can come only with an update to Mac OS X. Aperture will get D300/D3 support when iPhote, Preview, quicklook and the rest of Mac OS gets D300/D3 support.

    What Apple needs to do is rip this out and put it some place that can be more frequently updated. Apple can'r ship a new copy of Mac OS every time Canon or Nikon releases a new camera. They need to change this.
  17. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    The best thing of Aperture is that it combines photo management (previously the realm of apps like Cumulus and iView Media Pro) and (basic) image editing (previously Photoshop). Aperture (and Lightroom) just offer basic image editing functionality, but that's usually sufficient to find out whether a picture is any good.
  18. the Helix macrumors regular

    the Helix

    Sep 16, 2003
    RAW support

    The best feature has to be the RAW support for D3 and D300 cameras. Apple is so prompt in getting the proper support for such high end cameras. Remember how quickly Aperture supported the 40D? ;-)

    Seriously though, the next time Steve Jobs teases Microsoft Office for "finally" being native on Macs, he should worry about getting Aperture compatible with the most important cameras on time as well. For Pete's sake, Adobe© Photoshop and Lightroom are already compatible with the D300 and D3!
  19. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
  20. onomatopoeia macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2007
    So, Aperture can't do Vignetting or curves? Those are two pretty glaring omissions. Maybe I'll stay with Lightroom.
  21. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    The big problem is that Apple CAN upgrade the OS whenever a new camera comes out. They don't come but every 2 years or so, and we get updates to the OS every few months.

    Well, the two glaring issues with Lightroom are the crippled Library and Develop Modules and the pretty much self-contained island of an app that it is. It doesn't talk to any other application very well, and it integrates with Photoshop only on the basic level. Those were the issues that sent me back to Aperture after spending time with LR for about a month. There just wasn't anything far superior under the hood, it's just a different bag of worms.

    I wish both apps get their main problems fixed in the version.
  22. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    My zoom lens does a nice job of vignetting without software. :)

    Seriously, though, my favorite Aperture features are:

    - non-destructive editing & ability to view the master instantly
    - good paradigm for organizing images
    - works with Keynote & iPhone
    - rapid keywording and rating
  23. valdore macrumors 65816


    Jan 9, 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri. USA
    The spot tool or whatever it's called in Aperture is often easier and more effective than clone stamping in Photoshop, and the rotate tool is better than the Rotate Canvas in Photoshop.
  24. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    Good call, I forgot about the spot and clone tool

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