I am still trying to deny the fact that I am about to switch away from an Apple product. Not that all Apple software are the best (would I go for Pages instead of Word?) or that Apple does a good job at maintaining them (read the iWeb sad story).
I already spoke of the reasons why I am looking at switching. Namely, support by a wider community (for example the great book by David duChemin about his LR workflow) and, ironically, the little support for the iPad and workflow integration (read my story on a mobile version of Aperture).
So, first thoughts?
The Good (in no particular order):
- User Interface: I am a sucker for industrial looking UI. I like it when it is square, solid looking;
- Noise Reduction: built-in, provides for a cleaner workflow;
- Lens correction: again built-in (and new since I had not yet bought any Aperture plug-in for this);
- Plug-ins galore: need I say more;
- Histogram: I like how the color histogram shows highlights and shadows.
The Bad (in no particular order):
- Album publication to iPad: I have yet to set this up, but first Google searches point to workarounds rather than clean publication methods;
- Facebook posting: This one has its good and bad sides; the bad side being that you can’t just select your pics and hit a button (as in Aperture) , the good being that it is way more powerful;
- Library management: I am still not sure if Lightroom’s Collections are as powerful as Aperture’s Projects and Albums;
- Price: Compared to Aperture at $79 in the AppStore or even its original price of $149, $300 is steep (that is unless you have access to the education pricing).
The Ugly: Still trying to find it 😉