Rob Galbraith has written quite interesting article focussing on the new Apple Aperture, a new professional photo workflow application.
“Two things have lifted us out of a gloomy funk regarding the potential quality of Aperture’s RAW conversions:
First, Apple is promising that the conversions for certain cameras have been optimized, and have said as much as in the promotional materials for Aperture. The list of optimized cameras includes all Canon digital SLRs back to the D30, all Nikon digital SLRs back to the D1, plus the Olympus E1 and Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D.
Second, Apple has used as a reference for their own colour rendering the colour produced by the camera makers’ RAW conversion software. In chatting with Apple’s Schorr about this, he gave the specific example of comparing Nikon Capture’s rendering of NEF files to Apple’s rendering during Aperture’s development phase. He also stressed that camera maker colour was not the end goal, but rather an important step along the way towards building what are promised to be good-quality colour conversions from Aperture. We like camera maker colour as a rule, and in some instances we love camera maker colour, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear the Apple thought it important to be at least partly guided by this in designing their new colour processing.”