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Apple Aperture vs Adobe Lightroom

For those of you who shoot RAW, and have tried using both Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom (beta), which one do you think works better and or faster?

by [a former member] at 2006-11-21 11:44:43 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Jakarta , Indonesia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I’ve tried Aperture on and off for about 6 months and I just can’t get past how slow it is. Importing takes ages with no time bar showing progress. I exported some web galleries today and again. over 18 minutes. Then and 18 minute upload. I don’t know why or how they expec us to work like this. I’ve updated and yet who has the time to wait for this dinosaur to lumbar along. I’m on a Mac Quad with 4 Gb and I just can’t use it. I use PhotoMechanic for editing speed and ACR for conversions. PM also build galleries, FTP, emails, crops, slide shows… you name it it does it.
Bridge was too slow building thumbs and whatever else it needs to amend metadata. Terrible when yur working with lots of images. PMech isn’t perfect but it’s getting there it Adobe would open up and allow the RAW changes to show in PM. I hope this helps.
I’ve been to three Ap demo’s and classes and still I think it’s slow and clumbersome.

by Mark Finkenstaedt | 08 Dec 2006 00:12 | Virginia, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve tried both. Just finished my 30 day trial on Aperture and have been on lightroom for 6 months. I can honestly say lightroom is faster and better. I am running it on a imac g-5 itel with 2 gig’s of ram and lightroom is much faster.

by Bruce L. Flashnick | 08 Dec 2006 03:12 | Columbia South Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
i just haven’t gotten used to aperture and the whole vault feature i just can’t get past. I haven’t used it since and have gone back to my original workflow in Photoshop/Bridge and have been much happier…Lightroom is a great program to work with though.

by Matthew Williams | 08 Dec 2006 03:12 | Chicago, IL, United States | | Report spam→
Lightroom is so much faster for me too…

by Fabien Penso | 08 Dec 2006 10:12 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Lightroom for me without any doubt. I have tried both Lightroom and Aperture extensively in the past few months and Lightroom is the absolute overall winner. It’s faster, better interface, easier to work with, developing slides operate much preciser, better/easier synchonisation of RAW settings, better workflow structure.

Even in the ‘managed library’ mode it has no closed container file (as in Aperture) but just a managed folder structure where it all happens. Can’t wait to see the final 1.0 version. In spite the pro’s I just mentioned i still can think of minor improvements but since it’s still in Beta I do not really worry about that.

by Michel De Groot | 08 Dec 2006 16:12 | Groningen, Netherlands | | Report spam→
I’ve spent some time in Lightroom and I really like it, but I don’t think I will use it. I just can’t get my mind around a development metaphor that is so different from Photoshop. I see a speck and I want the clone stamp. But, it has been acceptably fast, and I love the elegant interface. The true test will be how well they integrate it with CS2, IMHO.

by Edward Lakin | 13 Dec 2006 07:12 | Baton Rouge, LA, United States | | Report spam→
Lightroom seems to work and easy to get around. Like Edward, I just wish it had the clone stamp function.

by Ninfa Bito | 13 Dec 2006 11:12 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Greetings Folks,

In general if software ‘seems slow’ then you probably (like me) have an ‘older’ computing system OR you are working with an incredible amount of data to process. Based on the way Lightroom seems to work you need both lots of RAM and a fast disk, otherwise you will be waiting for each import of a new folder. Until I get a new system I am using LR for ‘light work’ :).

BTW – during the Adobe demo of Lightroom things seemed to zip right along for both MAC and PC systemssd – my guess is that those laptops were maxed out on RAM. I am guessing that this is similar for Aperture.


by Dale Reagan | 13 Dec 2006 12:12 | Savannah, Ga, United States | | Report spam→
i run aperture on the most recent macbook pro, it is as fast as lightening!!! i used to use lightroom but i’ll never go back.
i can import a 1gb card of raws from a canon 5d in a couple minutes, the stacking feature is brilliant, as is the lift and stamp of metadata and raw adjustments. the vault is great, it backs up everything in your library, when you delete something it’s removed from the vault and placed in a folder of deleted images for you to manually trash, which has saved me from accidental erasure of images a few times so far!!!

if aperture is slow its cause your computer isn’t fast enough for it, a 2.33ghz intel core 2 duo with 2gb of ram is more than adequate to run it.



by Tyron Francis | 26 Dec 2006 11:12 | Clase, Swansea, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
well, I am running both softwares on a new macbook pro 2.16 gh with 1gb ram and it s really difficult to decide which of the two is better.
Aperture does import much faster and the comparison tools are better. matadata tool is better to my taste as well.
Lightroom on the other hand has a much nicer interface and is way more user friendly and logical than aperture. easier to export to photoshop and the raw adjustments tools are great. problem is that it is not as good for comparing between similar shots from the same assignment and i still haven’t figured out how to move images from one album (original import folder for example) to another, which is very annoying.
i have been using these softwares for about one month and basically decided to keep both and use whichever one i feel is more appropriate for the job i am doing. this is not the best solution, i admit, and i am waiting for adobe to release the full version of lightroom hoping for some more tools that will help me choose it over aperture. I simply like the interface better as i said before :-)

by [former member] | 27 Dec 2006 11:12 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Thank you guys for the valuable inputs. By the way, Sephi, have you written to the Lightroom forum regarding the problems you encountered?

by [former member] | 27 Dec 2006 11:12 | Jakarta, Indonesia | | Report spam→

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