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Weblog:   Dollars and Sense: Adobe Lightroom vs Apple Aperture
Subject:   Aperture vs Lightroom
Date:   2006-01-10 02:04:02
From:   wardle
I would not judge these applications on their "minimum requirements"


Apple sensibly stipulate minimum requirements to preserve an adequate user experience. Adobe allow their program to run on anything, but what of the user experience? As with everything, "minimum requirements" is a subjective thing, and will vary from user to user. Both programs are aimed squarely at "professional level users" and thus, I don't mark aperture down for having greater stipulated requirements. Both benefit from as fast, large and meaty a computer as possible.


One should judge the applications on functionality. Compare their speed, but don't compare minimum requirements.


For your home machines, use iPhoto, iView Media Pro, or some other program.

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  • Aperture vs Lightroom
    2006-01-10 04:05:31  mnystedt [View]

    Apple sensibly stipulate minimum requirements to preserve an adequate user experience.

    If you take a cynical viewpoint of that, you could say that perhaps Apple were overly lazy developing Aperture when they stick such high req's on it. If that's true, then it wasn't very sensible ;-) But if that's the case or not we will never know. Either way from what I've seen of Aperture I can understand why it likes a lot of horsepower, but I also think it could run on less than what Apple says. And I think it's perfectly fair to compare minimum requirements.

    I ran Lightroom on my mini (1.42GHz, 1Gb RAM) yesterday and it was okay. Obviously I cannot compare to Aperture on the same machine but I imported a bunch of RAW shots from my Nikon D70 and once the import was done (which was rather slow) it's performance was okay. I was impressed, I must say by Lightroom, and I think it'll be a good competitor to Aperture once it's released in a final version. And competition is good, I think ;-)

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