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Weblog:   Aperture on a PowerBook, Pt. 2 - Raw Files & CS2
Subject:   Camera Raw + Aperture = No sense
Date:   2005-12-05 11:41:14
From:   LouM
Derrick, it doesn't make any sense to use Aperture with Camera Raw, does it?


Aperture won't recognize any changes you make, so there'd be no versioning of any kind until you re-import a PSD or TIFF back into Aperture.


If you want to use Camera Raw--other than as a very rare case--then Aperture is not the right tool for you.


The question is: Should Apple spend time and money developing Aperture into a product that can use other companies' raw converters. IMHO, the answer to that question is 'no'. Apple should spend its time & money adding photographer-friendly features to Aperture.

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Camera Raw + Aperture = No sense
    2005-12-05 13:14:07  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Actually, for my purposes, I disagree. I see Aperture as a robust database for image management. How it handles versions is a real strength of the app. It has other wonderful features too. Its image editing tools, though handy, are not on par with those in Photoshop.

    I think for Aperture to succeed as a true workflow solution for professionals, Apple will need to find a way to incorporate the option for Camera Raw editing into the environment, allowing us to import back 16-bit PSD files into Aperture.
  • Camera Raw + Aperture = No sense
    2005-12-12 15:16:14  LittleJim [View]

    Unless Apple are going to spend the resources making sure that the raw conversion is as good as, say Capture One, then I disagree with you. I regularly blow my images up to 16x24 and beyond, and the raw conversion in Aperture is nothing like as good as Capture One. For the reasons mentioned on this thread, that pretty much means that Aperture is no good to me.

    There are other reasons, related to raw image processing I don't like it. For example, the lack of a curves function. Doing any kind of curves manipulation during the raw conversion process is always going to be better than doing so in Photoshop and the fact that it's missing seems like a big limitation to me.

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