I've been using iPhoto for years now and recently decided to give Aperture a try. This was prompted by many internet threads I've read which complain about iPhoto's chronological 'Events' which can't be moved or organized in any way. Some people really seem to hate this so I thought I'd give Aperture a try since they recommend it so strongly. I've been trying it out for almost a week now and I have to say that I'm not really impressed. I thought I'd share my thoughts here for anyone who cares. 1) Flakiness In just a few days I've run into many bizarre behaviors from Aperture. Smart Albums have been particularly troubling. I can often make two identical smart albums and get very different results. For example, I made one Smart Album that found all photos in the last 2 months and that worked. Then I made one that looks for the last 2 weeks and it returned nothing. Then I duplicated the first album and changed the 'months' to 'weeks' and it worked great. The settings were identical to the first album that didn't work. I have seen this multiple times now. I can make a Smart Album twice (in the same way, even) and one will work and the other won't. iPhoto, Finder, and iTunes all feature smart folders of some sort and none of them have ever given me the trouble Aperture has. 2) As Good as the Finder? One of the main complaints people have against iPhoto is that it doesn't allow folders in the library like the Finder does. They want more control, they say. Well, so far I've been less than impressed with that argument. Yes, the Projects-tab in the Inspector-pane does allow folders. But beyond that it doesn't seem nearly as good as the Finder. Heck, even iTunes have a lot more options than this thing. First of all, I can't select multiple folders or projects. So if I want to move 50 projects, I have to click and drag 50 times. (I brought in 361 events from iPhoto, so that made organizing them quite a chore.) Am I missing something? Someone please tell me this is a bug. I can't believe they did this on purpose. Secondly, it seems to only order alphabetically. People complained that iPhoto is only chronological which made me think I could organize Aperture's folder and projects any way I wanted. You know, by date, by file size, by import date...stuff like that. But nope...just alphabetical. So I didn't move to a more flexible system. I just moved to a program that's rigid in a different way. This is what people online get excited about? I had thought that I'd get options at least equal to the free iTunes, but no such luck. Now, someone's going to tell me that I can use the 'All Projects' view for chronological view and Smart Albums for all that other stuff. That's true, but I had those things in iPhoto. What's the point of coming to Aperture if I'm just going to ignore the folders and use the same tools I had in iPhoto? I thought that was the whole point to being here. What I wanted were folders that I could change the order of on a whim. You know...kind of like in the Finder. I've also seen people online force their projects into chronological order by naming them "year-number-name" like, 2009-0064 Picnic Shoot. Wow, great. So I can pretend it's 1985 and re-name all 361 projects every time I want to change the order? Isn't that the sort of thing an organizer program is supposed to avoid? Why does that advice even exist? If someone made that suggestion for iTunes people would respond by buying something other than an iPhone! 3) Those Damn Stacks iPhoto makes copies whenever you edit so I ended up with many dual-images after importing them to Aperture. The program recognizes that they're the same and puts them into Stacks. If I had some way to deal with this by erasing or hiding all the duplicate images, that'd be ok. But the 'hide' all function only works on the individual project. So I'm left to use that keyboard command every time I come to a new project. Even worse, my iPhone's album is now populated by thousands of duplicates. I found this advice which shows how to fix that, but unfortunately it won't work for me since I already erased the 'iPhoto' keyword a few days ago. Now, is that my fault? I guess so, but the point is that I wouldn't even need that trick if I had some better control over all the stacks in the library instead of having to deal with them just a few at a time. Even if I could fix my current problem I'll have very limited control over any stacks I'd create in the future. - - - - - - - The bottom line is that Aperture has made a few things better for me but introduced a whole lot of headaches in the process. The folders and projects are better than what iPhoto has but not nearly as good as what Finder and iTunes offers. To me, that's my biggest problem and it's a tough one to get over. Since I didn't have much problem with iPhoto, I'll just stick with that. If Aperture 3 addresses these issues I'll certainly give it another shot then.