Apple Aperture is one of the many ‘Photoshop alternatives’ on the market for people looking for a strong photo editing software that costs less than the might Photoshop CS. Aperture is known to be easy to use, but is it up to the job? Find out as we put its latest version to the test in our Apple Aperture 3.4.3 review.
What’s new in Aperture
Aperture is Apple’s equivalent to Adobe Lightroom. It works on exactly the same principle, importing your photos into a database for rapid, flexible organising and searching, and applying non-destructive editing processes that preserve the original images untouched.
These are your Masters, and they can be stored either in their original folders on your hard disk, or copied into the Aperture library.
What you see and work on are Versions of these Masters – though you can export new files with all the adjustments applied when you need them.
Aperture is especially fast and efficient at organising all your images, more so than Lightroom in fact, but its editing tools are not quite as good. The approach is the same as Lightroom’s.
The tools are all arranged as a series of expanding panels down the side of the screen, and they’re stored in the Aperture Library rather than being applied directly to your images, or Masters. These adjustments can be reversed, modified or removed at any time.
PAGE 1: Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review – what’s new
PAGE 2: Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review – performance
PAGE 3: Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review – the interface in detail
PAGE 4: Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review – how it scores