Which is more lightweight: LR or Aperture?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by alphaod, May 29, 2012.

  1. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I current have LR4, no problems with it. I enjoy using it and integration with PS is great.

    However I find it to be a very resource heavy. CPU fires up. Always globs of RAM used. This is fine on my desktop and my MacBook Pro with tons of CPU power and RAM to spare.

    Now I plan to only take my MacBook Air on my next trip. Never used Aperture (well I did for a few hours when it first came out, but returned it because I didn't like it). Processing power is limited and RAM is stuck at 4GB with much less free. I did a test run and my computer is paging to swap like crazy just for importing images. I usually do RAW to DNG. Then it crashed.

    I'm wondering if Aperture is better? Is it better optimized for OS X? Will it use less resources for basic tasks like importing photos? If it's faster, it may be worth buying again.

    Obviously if Aperture is also a resource hog, I may be forced to bring my powerhouse laptop computer.
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I've recently installed Aperture on my MBA with a very small subset of my image library (perhaps 100 images) and it performed flawlessly... I was never wanting for more performance. So my guess is that Aperture's resource usage is tied to the size of your library. My conclusion is that it's completely usable if I just want to take a subset of pictures with me on the road to edit, or if I want to dump a day's worth of shooting onto my laptop for some quick adjustments while on a trip.

    I can't speak for LR as I haven't used that in a few years.
  3. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    I manage two Aperture libraries and was amazed that it could jump from one to another in a flash, then proceed to chug out 160 PSD versions of RAW files, then open all 160 in Photoshop and still function without lagging much.

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