Best suite of plug-ins for Aperture (OnOne or Nik)

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Best suite of plug-ins for Aperture (OnOne or Nik)
Feb 28, 2013

I currently run Aperture 3 and am looking for a recommendation on the best set of plug-ins for it.  (No intent to move to LR4 vecause I'd lose all my edits for 1000s of pictures -- or have to lock in the current version.)

I've been playing with a free trial of OnOne's Perfect B&W and am really happy with the results, possibly enough to pay the $100 for the license.  I noticed that it would only be $50 more to get the full Perfect suite, but I'm not that sure how useful the other programs would be.

Nik SilverEfex is mentioned as the top B&W converter and is about twice as expensive, but for $300 you can get the full suite with HDREfex, Viveza, and Dfine.  I'm thinking that if Dfine was good enough in dealing with my hi-ISO shots, it might stave off a body upgrade.  U-point tech seems attractive as I've never been a fan of layers (I have PSE6 for Mac).

A final question:  after working with a Nik plug-in, does the result get saved as a new file?  Does it affect your master in Aperture, or can you always go back to that?  I know that Perfect B&W saves the result as a new file in the PSD format (huge).

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