When iLife '11 came out, we thought the upgrade would prove beneficial for our workflow, since iPhoto was getting a little slow and some of the promised features seemed worthy of the modest upgrade price. Oh, how wrong we are, with the latest iPhoto proving to be bloatware of post-Vegas buffet proportions. If you are/were an iPhoto user like ourselves, but hate the slow performance, consider making the transition over to Apple's more pro option: Aperture.
The reason we never moved over to either Apple's Aperture 3 or Adobe's Lightroom (the Canon vs. Nikon comparison on the photo software front) was mostly due to price. Photoshop is already enough of an expensive necessity, so we lived with the increasingly sluggish performance of iPhoto for our download, pre-process and viewing needs. In many ways it was akin to training for a marathon in Sketchers: sure you could do it, but the equipment didn't match the endeavor.
Depending on your perspective, the inclusion off Billy Idol amongst our photos is either impressive or perplexing.
But now with the launch of the Apple Mac App store, we noted there's been a big price drop in Aperture 3's price. We're talking about from $199 down to just $79. The reduction was likely made as a promotional push to entice new customers, and entice us it did!
And just in case you're not so sure whether the upgrade is worth it (we think it is if you have more than a few thousand photos in your library), you can always try before you buy, with a 30 day trial version.
We're happy to report in just a few days of using Apple Aperture 3, the speed is back thanks to Aperture running in 64 bit mode on our Intel Core 2 Duo/Snow Leopard system, alongside a slew of more capable tools for editing and adjusting photos. Though some of the features are still as bloat-y as its kid brother (facial recognition is a great idea, but the reality of results is ho-hum). The Aperture vs. Lightroom discussion is meant for another day, another post...