Aperture 3 features Wish List


Now that Final Cut Studio 3 is out, lets talk (and guess) about what we will find in the upcoming Aperture update.

I have been an Aperture user since day 1. In version 1, is was revolutionary but slow. V1.5 brought a nice speed boost and V2 introduced a few new tools and the plugin architecture. So what should we expect for v3?

First, meta tagging has to be improved as I talk about it a while ago. I am so frustrated about the tagging system that I am not tagging as much as I used to, which is a bad thing since it is one of the reasons why I picked Aperture instead of Lightroom in the first place… In fact, improvements to the tagging functionality has been so slow that I expect it to be one of the focal point of v3 with the release of automatic tagging of pictures which was started in the latest iPhoto update.

Aside from tagging, I am expecting better control over the edit tools since Aperture is so far behind Lightroom in this regard. For example, the vignette tool should allow us to pick the corners we want to vignette and its color, we should be able to do selective masking, etc… Playing with Capture One really opened my eyes on what Aperture was missing regarding RAW decoding and non destructive editing.

It would also be great to have the concept of presets applied not only at the individual panel level but as a group. Right now, if I want to give my picture a cross-process look, I have to lift-stamp from another picture which already has the desired settings. This is just inefficient and can’t work while tethering.

I have been testing various RAW decoding software in the last few weeks and Aperture is so far behind the others, it is sad to see. The only reason why I am not jumping ship is that I am expecting a big update soon.

It is also worth noticing that LightRoom updates have historically closely followed the ones from Aperture. I would not be surprised to see an update coming from Adobe a few days after the one from Apple.

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  • mr-zero

    How about automatically adding geotag data to photographs based on an imported GPX file.

    • admin

      Yep. It was in my list in the ‘auto tagging’ part. Right now I store all my location scouting in iPhoto, I hope I will be able to move everything to Aperture 3 soon.

  • As a long time Apple user I would love to get back to Aperture, aka Appleturd. :-)

    I used it back in the 1.5 days. My experiences were less than stellar with slow as molasses rendering, installation failures , etc.

    If they update the tagging and extended the plugin format to support the RAW file developer itself that would be great.

    • admin

      Aperture is really lagging compared to Lightroom and Capture One. I was at a Capture One presentation last night. It is quite cool but unfortunately, does not really fit with my workflow. Once I reinstall everything I think I am going to give a try to Lightroom until Aperture 3. The step Apple has to climb for Aperture 3 to be ahead of LR is huge! I really like how LR allows masking for the various setting. I just dont have the courage to convert my huge library…

  • I used Capture One with my Phase One P21 back. I’m also using it with my 5D and I love the files that it generates. The color correction in C1 is also very intuitive.

    I don’t find the work flow of C1 very intuitive but with the low number of files that I process it really isn’t a big deal.

    I wish Apple the best of luck and success with the next version of Aperture. I hope they can sway me back to their camp.

    • admin

      I agree with you. I went to a C1 presentation last week and I really liked how you can lock in some tone in the level tool and work in a specific area. Neither LR or Aperture allow you to do this. Now that I have played with the big three apps, I can see how each one interprets the RAW file differently. For skin tones, C1 is my favorite and Aperture the worst for example. We should see something new from Apple by the end of the month (wishful thinking).

  • Michael Temkin