- The plugin API.
- The fact that Apple told some people about the API in advance, so that new stuff like FlickrExport for Aperture could bre ready from the start.
- The separation of the Library (doesn’t matter where it is, as long as Aperture knows the location) from the working previews. Your masters remain safe and you take only what you need when you’re out on the road. Plus, you can move the Library around from volume to volume, great for switching to backups or when upgrading to newer machines.
- It runs on any Intel Mac, even the mini (you still need a gig of RAM, though). This supports the argument that it doubles as a “pro” version of iPhoto for ordinary people, as well as a photo management tool for professionals.
- iLife and iWork integration. Again, a “prosumer” (euw, I don’t like that word) feature.
- Presets! For metadata, for adjustments, for saving a tonne of time.
Only one thing I’ll complain about, and that’s the price. In the US, it’s a very reasonable $299, which should be around £157 here in the UK. But the UK price is actually £219. Once again, UK customers have to pay an extra premium to enjoy using Apple products. This is nothing new, though, and frankly we’re used to it. That doesn’t mean we don’t find it annoying occasionally.