New version of Aperture announced!

Started Oct 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Ooops Again!

Mark Alan Thomas wrote:

I guess it’s not so much the fact that the software is proprietary, as the way that proprietary software enables companies to lock you in. It steals the balance of power. I have every photo I’ve ever taken in both Lightroom and Aperture as a hedge against being trapped in either one, and now I’m beginning to see that all I’ve done is trap my photos twice over. It’s kind of funny. I know it’s a bit hyperbolic to describe it as being “trapped” but it effectively works out that way. I’ll quote something I just wrote to someone in the Apple Aperture forum on Apple.com:

When I think long and hard about it, these programs haven’t really saved me any time or improved my photos in any meaningful way. On the contrary, they have caused me endless grief, frustration, and uncertainty.

I don’t need my software to do much. I adjust exposure, and I crop, and that’s about it. Aperture has powerful DAM functionality, and I can spend hours gleefully creating complex smart albums in order to view photos in ways I don’t really need to view them, but what have I really gained other than an unshakable sense of self-doubt about the choices I have made? I’m starting to realize that these applications haven’t actually solved any problems for me. They’ve only created a lot of problems I never had before.

It’s funny. I went through this same thing with font management a while back. I tried every font manager out there, from Font Book to Suitcase to FontExplorer (I even toiled for a while with Fontcase), and ultimately went back to a simple folder structure whereby to install a font I just drag it from one folder to the other.

This is where I am now with photography software.

I suppose my case is unique because I use Sigma cameras so I am not dependent on Lightroom, or any other paid app, to develop my raw images. Sigma's software is free to use. I also don't require or want complex file handling and management. My primary purpose in using Lightroom is as an image editor and in that regard it is almost perfect. So much so that if Adobe stopped making future versions of Lightroom it would not affect me at all. I would very happily continue using it. Lightroom for me has been a joy and it has definitely improved my images but just as important, as the life clock ticks away, it has saved me a tremendous amount of time and made my image editing so much more easier to do. It has solved nearly all of my previous image editing "problems."

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