Happily switched from Aperture to Lightroom?

Started Apr 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jacques Cornell
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Digital impermanence

bravozulu wrote:

But I was a little sad when he made a mildly negative comparison of the two. He talks a lot about media that becomes a dinosaur over time. Anyone remember Zip Disks? The author, Peter Krogh, is bothered that a lot of the metadata created by Aperture can't be exported. Sooner or later ANY media will be dead duck, meaning that editing tags created by Aperture can't be read by other programs. Maybe I'm not using the correct nomenclature for the parameters involved, but it seems the other programs create files which are more universal. Whereas Aperture files (or maybe just metatdata) are unique.

That doesn't spell 'permanence', nor security. And what is the objective of archiving and backup disks if the files they store can't be read at some time in the future. I haven't made my final choice, and being a Mac guy and hearing about the user interface of LR , I want AP to work for me. I heartily recommend the book. At the least, you will learn marvelous paths to keep your data clean, organized and secure.

Aperture is no more or less "permanent" or "universal" than Lightroom or any other RAW processing & image management app. It can, in fact, export metadata such as IPTC and EXIF information for cataloging in other apps. As for adjustment settings, all RAW processing apps use proprietary engines, AFAIK. For example, the .xmp sidecar files that Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW create are readable only by other Adobe apps. Until the industry adopts a single universal RAW format such as DNG, the issue of processing lock-in will remain.

The question of Zip Disks and other physical digital media is an entirely different matter. Folks have been gnashing their teeth over it since the dawn of digital imaging. The solutions, though, are not that hard to understand or implement. Backup your data to multiple media (hard drives, DVDs), and copy it to new media as they become available (BlueRay, SSD, cloud storage, etc.).

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