David B. Brooks has written an interesting review of the Apple Aperture, Apple’s first Photo editor software featuring a RAW-focused workflow which let photographers to import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your RAW images without never having to convert them into another format first.
“Although $499 is a substantial software investment, the breadth and capabilities of Aperture makes it worthwhile. There has been some talk that you need a super powerful Mac to run it, but from my experience I think the horsepower of a G5 Quad is only required by very prolific pro shooters doing 1000 exposures a day or more. It worked fine, efficiently and faster than any other digital camera raw file application I’ve used on a year-old minimally configured G5, and the published minimum requirements include both Mac PowerBooks and the latest model iMacs (the new Intel Dual Core will be supported by the time you read this). You can be sure I will continue to use Aperture on a regular basis, and I can’t really imagine a photographer not finding it a great advantage in speed, efficiency, quality, and capability.”