Aperture 2.0 and Lightroom 2.0

Apple has some really great ideas in their Aperture software. I really like several of the implementations of the tools–very intuitive and natural. But when Apple’s own software can not run on Apple’s own state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line hardware without constant, serious, and totally annoying issues, it’s no good.

I’ve posted before that I’ve abandoned Apple’s Aperture myself. For years now, Apple has failed to make any significant feature enhancements or fix the bugs that plague the software. No wonder people are dropping it. Pity, too. Adobe’s Lightroom, while having significantly fewer performance issues, lacks the finesses of Aperture and will lack the competition from Apple to address this sooner rather than later.

I still use Aperture to print books and such, but that’s about all.

Among photographic pros using the Mac,

  • In 2007 Lightroom was nearly twice as popular as Aperture
  • In 2008 it was nearly three times as popular
  • In 2009 it’s approaching four times as popular

By the numbers:

2007 2008 2009
Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in 66.5% 62.2% 57.9%



35.9% 37.0%
Aperture 5.5% 7.5% 6.3%
On the Mac platform only:
Lightroom 26.6% 40.4% 44.4%
Aperture 14.3% 14.6% 12.5%

link: John Nack on Adobe: Lightroom pulls further ahead of Aperture