As much as I love Adobe Lightroom, I also love pretty much everything Apple does. Apple has a comparable application called Aperture that I have had a love/hate relationship with for years. I have always loved the user interface, but the application lacked some of the functionality that has kept me in the Lightroom camp.
Earlier this week, Apple unveiled Aperture 3.0 and as far as I can tell, it is a major upgrade over version 2.0. I have spent a little time with the application and am very impressed. Some of the features like faces and places do not do much for me, but the fact that they have adopted global presets and selective adjustments makes the application worthy of a look.
If you have never used an advanced application like Lightroom or Aperture, you should download the 30 day free trial, watch the video tutorials and give it a whirl. I would love to hear your thoughts.
My favorite new features are the brushable adjustments, presets and the improved curves feature. In all there are 200+ new features.
Not ready to say if I will work it completely into our backend systems but will run it through its paces. Happy Trials to you