Nov 7, 2005

Hands-on with Aperture

Source: PDN Online
Written By David Schloss

When Apple took the wraps off Aperture, the company’s new professional photography workflow tool at the recent Photo Plus trade show in New York, shockwaves spread out through the industry. Very quickly photographic forms filled with posts about the new program (and, interestingly as it was not yet available, its “shortcomings”) and seemingly ever conversation I had at the show turned at some point to the new program and the implications for the photographic market.

PDN will have a full-blown hands-on review of the program in an upcoming issue, but due to the interest in this program and the increased conversation about the photographic workflow, we decided to expand our coverage online to provide some first-impressions with Aperture and the way that the photographic experience might change as a result of its release.

In order to get a better feel for the program (most impressions about its feature-set and usability having been gained during a press-only demonstration and from demos at the Apple booth at the show) I spent a day with Apple at their corporate headquarters in California, digging deeper into the guts of the program with its product managers. While it would be a vast understatement to say that I was enthused about Aperture’s potential before the meetings, it’s even more clear now that Aperture will change the way photographers work, even for those who don’t use the program. That’s not to say that there’s no room for development, this is a 1.0 version after all, but Aperture addresses for the first time the main time-sucking portion of a photographer’s digital life in a powerful and organized way. If for nothing else, Aperture will be remembered as “the software that made all the other programs get better”.

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