Switcher: stick with Photoshop or switch to Aperture?

richpjr

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I have been playing with a Mac Mini for about a year and recently decided to switch to the Mac full time. I am typing this on my shiny new Mac Pro that just arrived today. One of the things I need to get set up is a photo editing program. I currently have Photoshop CS2 for the PC and understand that I can get a cross platform upgrade from Adobe for cheap. I have been hearing good things about Aperture and wonder if I should give it a try. I'm not a pro, but would call myself an advanced hobbyist. I've shot about 10k pictures in the past 4-5 years on a Digital Rebel and my current 20D, almost all in RAW format. So is it worth dropping money on Aperture or should I just stick with Photoshop. What do you veteran Mac photo wizards think?
 

spicyapple

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I don't think you can compare the two, since one is an image editing app and the other excels at cataloging and organizing. Get both?
 

richpjr

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Didn't the new update to 1.5 add some more enhanced editing capabilities? Forgive my ignorance, I am a Mac novice here!
 

bousozoku

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richpjr said:
Didn't the new update to 1.5 add some more enhanced editing capabilities? Forgive my ignorance, I am a Mac novice here!
They updated Aperture in many ways but I don't see a reason to exclude one or the other. If you need to work with other types of files in a lot of different formats, Photoshop is extremely convenient. If applications like Aperture replaced Photoshop, Adobe wouldn't be offering Lightroom alongside Photoshop.