Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop Elements for MAC

Started May 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
Andy Hewitt Veteran Member • Posts: 3,396
Re: Thank all of you and I now have direction. I tried to

Steve Cohan wrote:

install Beta Lightroom 5. It will not load on my current operating system. I just upgraded to Snow Leopard 10.7.0 and for some reason the Apple rep did not sell me Snow Leopard. Yes, my system supports Snow Leopard. Ok, no big deal for another $19.99. That's downloading as I write. I have never been a fan of any Photoshop products and have always used Paint Shop Pro. I am not one of those guys who really gets into post processing. In fact I started with Paint Shop Pro when it was shareware, developed by a couple guys in their garage. I'll look at the Beta Lightroom 5. If it doesn't feel good, I'll purchase the Aperture. I operated a computer company for about 25 years and always believed in using software that was develped by the developer of your operating system. That's why I believe that Aperture might be a better bet for me. Again, I want to thank all of you for your input.

I agree with you there, to some extent, I agree that Apple's product as a whole, the hardware and OS designed to work together is a better solution.

However, they haven't always got it right (who has?), and there are often bugs in their software, although I personally don't think they're worse than anything else, just below expectations.

You really need to ask yourself what you need from your photo editing though. If, like me, you do very little post processing, then you won’t need Photoshop (my Elements 8 is now sitting on a shelf unused). If you don't shoot many photos, or have 'pro' requirements, then you don't really need LightRoom either, or perhaps even Aperture.

For a light user, iPhoto could actually work well enough, but for a bit more of a photo enthusiast Aperture is definitely better.

If you don't want a full image editor, such as Elements, Pixelmator or Acorn etc., then Aperture coupled with some basic plugins can be quite powerful - I have the set of Topaz Plugins here, and Adjust 5 can do a very good job in rescuing a dull photo (for example).

Basically, how much do your photos mean to you, and how much are you prepared to spend on it? You can do it from free, right up to thousands.

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