Apple decided to release a “better” application called Photos which replaces Aperture. After testing the new photos application with my photos collection I made also a decision. I need to replace the new “better” photos application by a even more better application…
Why? Photos does not support manually geo tagging pictures anymore. Automatic generated “Moments” are no match for manually created “Projects”. Improving pictures is not as powerful as the means of Aperture. Storing pictures online in iCloud is no option for me.
I like to photograph and already have a big collections of pictures from family, holidays, trips and sport. So one important feature for me is organizing pictures with means of searching and finding pictures by locations and/or persons. Stay with aperture is no solution, too. Riding a dead horse was never a good idea…
Luckily Adobe made a decision at the right time, too. They added a features I was missing in Lightroom so far – face recognition. And they also provided a plugin to import Aperture Libraries. If you have about 100000 images it’s a big deal to change the picture database even with support scripts. The reason to change must be really good. About riding a dead horse. Thats a very good reason!
Now (after a few week of work) I have switched to Lightroom. I am getting used to the Lightroom workflow and have to confess that some new features are really great. e.g. panorama pictures.
Here is the bad stuff. Of course. First off all, the Adobe license model is strange. The preferred way of Adobe is renting – not selling. Education discount is only available for the rented version of the bigger license packages (with photoshop and other stuff). Only for Lightroom there is no discount. Luckily there is a standalone version to buy (somewhere hidden in a dark corner of the page) but this also does not get an education discount and no updates except bug fixes.
The other bad stuff is also a warning. Do not delete your Aperture Library after importing to Lightroom too fast. The importer DOES NOT take geo tags which were manually set by you in aperture. They are silently swallowed. Only geo tags automatically set by e.g. iphone are handled correctly. Read more about this topic in the Adobe forum.