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Aperture 2.1 takes a leap forward

aperture2.jpgApple has released Aperture 2.1, and it sports a cool new plugin architecture.

The new version comes with a an Apple Burn & Dodge plugin, that does B&D, blurring, and more. There’s also support for other plugins like Noise Ninja, Viveza, and more. Sounds like third party devs will be able to make plugins similar to the way they do now in PS.

It seems aperture is getting into the pixel based editing territory with Aperture. Look out Adobe!

Still no presets from what we can tell, but when Apple catches uo in that area they’re gonna start looking pretty good. Of course Aperture is Mac only still, but if they ever make this for Win/Mac, Adobe may have a run for it’s money.

Pro Photo Show #43 Getting The Action

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PPS #43 Forum Discussion. Post your action pics here too!

this discussion starts at time index 30:31

Cnets Aperture Poll caused a stir, Polaroid dies, the HDR blog Reviewed Mircosoft HD Photo format & Lightroom 1.4 is available

Kodak 35mm SLR rumors (correction, these are film cameras not digital) Nikon trumps Canon in ISO & Canon 5D MK II is rumored.

Gavin Seim is on Facebook and Twitter, and Power Workflow Lightroom Presets are now RAW & JPEG compatible.

Reviewed… Lensbabies review at time index 20:02 I think it’s not for everything, but cool. We also talked about the Canon Pro 9000

Pick of the week was Braketeer, an easy HDR photo merging software for Mac.

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Cnet Aperture vs Lightroom Poll Bogus? (updated)

Cnet Reporter Stephen Shankland Contacted PPS (as well as left a comment) in regards to the poll. He says the the poll is absolutely not gamed, and that Apple in no way dictates his reporting.

the poll is not faked or some church-and-state-violating, undisclosed advertising scheme that Apple or CNET cooked up. Also, I’d note that online polls shouldn’t be trusted to be a statistically valid representation of “approval rating” or some other form of market or public preference. Finally, our software blocks multiple votes from the same IP address”

Stephen feel that the poll probably just got voted on a lot by Apple fans, and naturally once Apple linked to it the apple fans would be all over it. I can say that I myself get a lot of info from Cnet, and have never felt their reporters have a lack of journalistic integrity. It’s good to see their proactive about responding to this rumor.

As to which one is actually better. I’ll leave that up to you!

aperture vs lightroom fake poll?Theres been quite a bit of attention given to a poll over on Cnet that claims Apertures approval rating is around 65% while Lightroom only has about 36% Apple was so happy about this that they were actually bragging about the poll results on their site.

Now we think Cnet is usually pretty good about these things, but it really looks like this poll may be at least woefully wrong.

We’re not here to put down a poll simply because Aperture is winning. The poll percentages however don’t change more than a tiny fraction over time, even though the number of votes does. Mainly however we know there are FAR more LR users than Aperture users and these poll results make no sense with what we see in the industry. Apple is bragging about these results likes it’s a victory, but what we see in the poll just doesn’t jive with what we see in the real world. You can also see this LR news article for more info.

Something defiantly seems bogus here. We’ll keep our eye on this and see where it goes. Could Apple be so desperate that their getting Cnet to skew polls just to get noticed? Is there an error? Or is this actually be accurate? We’ve added our own Lightroom vs Aperture poll below. We’ll see what comes of it.

What's better? Aperture or Lightroom

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Aperture VS Lightroom


It looks like this poll may be inaccurate. See this post for more!

We had a lot of discussion on this weeks roundtable about these two. Some listeners even think we’re not fair to Aperture.

Though Lightroom does have far more market share than Apple Aperture, a recent poll on Cnet says that Aperture is actually a better program.

Interesting results to be sure. It seems that a lot of folks really love Aperture 2, and it’s now $100 cheaper to boot so we have to give Apple props there.

Though I’m in the Lightroom camp, largely because of presets, I’ve not forgotten about Aperture. The good news is that theres still competition between them both, which in the end will give us all better products.

We want to give everyone a fair shake here on PPS! Which do you like better and why???

Apple Releases Aperture 2. Still No Presets??

aperture_125_080205.jpgApple has released it’s second version of Aperture which sells for $199. Previous version owners can also upgrade to the new version for $99. If you’ve purchased Aperture 1.5 after January 1st of this year, the upgrade will cost you just $9.95  Aperture 2 page on Apple’s online store.  Go here check out all of the over 100 new features.

It is yet to be determined for sure whether Apple “GOT IT” or not with this round of the product and included basics like develop presets. If they did this could be real competition for Lightroom which will be great. If not it’s basically just a new box that will get them nowhere with most pro’s. From what we can tell we see nothing the indicates any kind of image preset however. Wake up Apple!

Raw vs Jpeg. With Lightroom Presets and Workflow

This is an article Gavin wrote over at Seim Effects recently regarding Raw vs Jpeg and their usability with presets and good workflow techniques.

As a photographer I shoot in the RAW file format. I find more flexibility in post production, and ultimately a better image quality with less hassle. When I was still in the Jpeg camp, I was told to shot RAW mainly because it was faster to edit! While using Jpeg I never quite got it, and felt my Jpeg workflow worked fine. Then I tries RAW! I soon realized that it was not only faster, but also had better quality. Now I know there’s some debate on this issue, but I feel I can get great images easier with RAW because there’s more information on the file to work with. It just makes sense.

Having said all that there are still Jpeg shooters. In a poll on Pro Photo Show we found that raw shooters currently make up for about 75% of photographers towards the advanced and pro end of the market. Of course the closer you come to consumer shooters the more Jpeg you’ll see

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