30 Days Using Aperture 2 (Final Review)

The video post above is the final post in the series “30 Days Using Aperture 2″ (video shot with a Canon PowerShot G9 )

Here is a brief rundown;

Likes

  • Output – excellent quality as good as other RAW converters
  • Short cut keys – very easy to learn and remember
  • Full screen mode – (My Favorite) I loved being able to work on my images in full screen mode and not having the OS or software to distract me from my images
  • Fast work flow – I was amazed how quickly I could edit my images to the final selects and burn a CD for the client
  • Lift and stamp tool – able to lift adjustments from one image and stamp them to other images, while having the ability to select or deselect which adjustments you want to apply to the following images
  • Comparison mode – able to compare 2 or more images on the screen at the same time made to select the best image

Dislikes

  • Interface – this took a while to figure out, but I eventually started to get a hang of it
  • Steep learning curve – this might have been my specific problem due to taking a while to figure out the interface
  • Sharpening – I couldn’t understand why there were 3 different sharpening options, when edge sharpen was the recommended method by Apple and most users
  • Tutorials/manuals – trial version came with virtually no manuals or tutorials. If they were part of the download users might get the hang of things quicker and not get frustrated and maybe give up using Aperture

Conclusion

  • Try it out for yourself – you owe it to yourself to give Aperture 2 a try… It’s Free! And could be exactly what you’re looking for
  • Would I buy it? Yes! My copy is on it’s way.

Finally, with Apple announcing Aperture 2.1 with 3rd party plug-in support Aperture could become a very powerful piece of RAW image editing software. Only time will tell.

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