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Mar 2, 2023 10:39:21   #
Dback4430 Loc: Lockport Il
 
Hi all, I love apple aperture still but curious what other people have migrated to. There are so many these days. I need one that does .cr2 ( canon raw ) and does what aperture does. Any help you can give me would be great. Thank you.

David

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Mar 2, 2023 10:51:23   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
I use the Adobe $10 per month Photographer's plan and some Topaz apps.

What is it that Aperture does that you use, trust and like?

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Mar 2, 2023 10:54:31   #
Dback4430 Loc: Lockport Il
 
For staters it’s not a monthly thing as I step away for a while now and then. Then the sort , easy processing , the way it will import with custom settings etc. more than all that I am not a young guy and know it pretty well.

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Mar 2, 2023 10:56:41   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Canon's DPP software is free for download from Canon. Just find the support section for your camera model. You want the V4 software for RAW edits and need any valid EOS serial number to unlock the free download.

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Mar 2, 2023 10:59:26   #
Dback4430 Loc: Lockport Il
 
Thanks CHG. I haven’t used that. Get ready for tomorrow , photo ops galore with the snow.

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Mar 2, 2023 11:06:08   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
Dback4430 wrote:
For staters it’s not a monthly thing as I step away for a while now and then. Then the sort , easy processing , the way it will import with custom settings etc. more than all that I am not a young guy and know it pretty well.


"For staters it’s not a monthly thing"

You asked what people use. This will quickly get into a debate over subscription plans if you let it to go there.

Doesn't "Apple Photos" do what you want? What is it missing for you"

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Mar 2, 2023 11:07:21   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
Dback4430 wrote:
Hi all, I love apple aperture still but curious what other people have migrated to. There are so many these days. I need one that does .cr2 ( canon raw ) and does what aperture does. Any help you can give me would be great. Thank you.

David


Your very best bet to approximate and replace Aperture is the Adobe Photography Plan. For ten bucks a month, you get the FULL versions of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CLASSIC (that's what you want), plus Lightroom (Adobe Cloud sharing version for Macs, Windows PCs, iPads...), and Adobe Bridge. I use it daily, with Lightroom CLASSIC as the hub of my entire workflow.

ALTERNATIVELY, for about $125, you can use Apple Photos and combine it with both Gentlemen Coders' Raw Power,* and Serif Affinity Photo 2.

*Raw Power is the raw developing engine from Apple Aperture, enhanced and advanced, but without the digital asset management features. It is written by the same core people who wrote Aperture.

Both Raw Power and Affinity Photo 2 can be used as plug-ins to Apple Photos, or as stand-alone applications.

NOTE: Just about any software you buy today is going to require very recent hardware and an up-to-date MacOS to run. If your computer cannot run MacOS Ventura 13.2.1, which is current, I urge you to upgrade to a more recent model that can support it. Frankly, the new Apple Silicon M1 and M2 series SOCs are phenomenal. Any of them outrun all the old Intel Macs at most tasks, while using about 1/3 the power. Apple has made a clean break with the past.

If you have ANY 32-bit software, or software with 32-bit installers, it WILL NOT run on any version after MacOS 10.14 Mojave. With MacOS 10.15 Catalina and all later versions, only 64-bit software is supported. MacOS 11.x is the first version that runs on Apple Silicon Macs (M1, M2, etc.).

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Mar 2, 2023 11:08:45   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
From the WWW....

"When you import photos from these cameras, Apple Photos uses the JPEG file as the original—but you can tell it to use the RAW file as the original instead. In the Photos app on your Mac, double-click a photo to open it, then click Edit in the toolbar. Choose Image > Use RAW as Original."

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Mar 2, 2023 11:09:37   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Primarily Canon's DPP.
But I also have Elements and Photo Impact Pro, which I use occasionally.

DPP does what I need done.

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Mar 2, 2023 11:35:07   #
Dback4430 Loc: Lockport Il
 
burkphoto wrote:
Your very best bet to approximate and replace Aperture is the Adobe Photography Plan. For ten bucks a month, you get the FULL versions of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CLASSIC (that's what you want), plus Lightroom (Adobe Cloud sharing version for Macs, Windows PCs, iPads...), and Adobe Bridge. I use it daily, with Lightroom CLASSIC as the hub of my entire workflow.

ALTERNATIVELY, for about $125, you can use Apple Photos and combine it with both Gentlemen Coders' Raw Power,* and Serif Affinity Photo 2.

*Raw Power is the raw developing engine from Apple Aperture, enhanced and advanced, but without the digital asset management features. It is written by the same core people who wrote Aperture.

Both Raw Power and Affinity Photo 2 can be used as plug-ins to Apple Photos, or as stand-alone applications.

NOTE: Just about any software you buy today is going to require very recent hardware and an up-to-date MacOS to run. If your computer cannot run MacOS Ventura 13.2.1, which is current, I urge you to upgrade to a more recent model that can support it. Frankly, the new Apple Silicon M1 and M2 series SOCs are phenomenal. Any of them outrun all the old Intel Macs at most tasks, while using about 1/3 the power. Apple has made a clean break with the past.

If you have ANY 32-bit software, or software with 32-bit installers, it WILL NOT run on any version after MacOS 10.14 Mojave. With MacOS 10.15 Catalina and all later versions, only 64-bit software is supported. MacOS 11.x is the first version that runs on Apple Silicon Macs (M1, M2, etc.).
Your very best bet to approximate and replace Aper... (show quote)



Wel thanks for all that for sure. I have a newer Mac mini but the old 27 still ginnin great. Just upgraded to a ssd and 32 gb ram. I don’t want or need a new one. I think it’s high sierra. My mini runs the latest and I hate it. Now it’s like an iPad. Thanks again though.

David

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Mar 2, 2023 11:47:55   #
Dback4430 Loc: Lockport Il
 
Thank you. I will try that

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Mar 2, 2023 14:04:18   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
Dback4430 wrote:
Wel thanks for all that for sure. I have a newer Mac mini but the old 27 still ginnin great. Just upgraded to a ssd and 32 gb ram. I don’t want or need a new one. I think it’s high sierra. My mini runs the latest and I hate it. Now it’s like an iPad. Thanks again though.

David


Ventura 13.2.1 does take some getting used to. All Apple's devices are converging around the same operating system model. Most of their applications run on Macs, iPads, and iPhones, with documents shareable through iCloud. But to take full advantage of that, all your devices have to be current.

Before you buy any software or subscribe to it, check the vendor's website for hardware and operating system requirements.

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Jun 4, 2023 15:34:52   #
zarathu Loc: Bar Harbor, MDI, Maine
 
Affinity Photo(Ps replacement) but no monthly fee. All upgrades in the same version free. I still use the previous version as there were no upgrades in the newest version that I was willing to pay for.

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Dec 3, 2023 16:37:35   #
manofhg Loc: Knoxville, TN
 
I would be interested as well. I have the Adobe Photography Plan and have been using LR for many years. While it is good while it works, I've had more and more problems with it recently. It will quit unexpectedly and then when I open it, it will say it wasn't closed properly and will have to repair the "corrupt" catalog file. Once it does that (not a quick process), sometimes it won't work properly then and I'll have to shut it down and maybe go through that process more than once again. If it does open, then the changes I have made to many of my pictures may not have come back, just as if I hadn't done anything. Today I have been fighting with it remember which photos I have picked and not picked, but all the changes I had done to the picked including crop/straighten, all lighting, etc. none will still be there. All the adjustment sliders will be in the middle. Sometimes the folders that I have created won't show up, but I can easily find them in Explorer, so they still exist. I could go on.......

So, to say the least, I'm frustrated and considering options as well. PS is fine and though I'm not great with it, it seems to work well.

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Dec 4, 2023 18:15:24   #
PhotoMono123 Loc: Houston, Texas
 
Take a look at Pixelmator Pro (Apple App Store $25). It is an Apple-only program and it integrates nicely with Apple Photos. If you use the Adobe photo package, you can import a Photoshop or tiff file complete with layers.

Two very highly regarded free programs are DarkTable and RawTherapee.

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