You can read about the new features here, not surprisingly a lot comes from the last years release of iPhone 09 however there is plenty in there to make me smile. I’ll be ordering the upgrade as soon as the store is up and there will be a demo at this link for us all to play with in the mean time.
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As the events and time goes by I am troubled by the lack of Aperture and Final Cut Express upgrades. Especially the Aperture version. Is Apple finally going to force me to make a choice and not upgrade both Aperture and Lightroom like I have in the past, should I start to embrace the latest Lightroom Beta…
I have to say, based on my initial tests the latest Apple update for Canon 50D RAW support is pretty darn nice. Personally I think I prefer what I see in Aperture 2 more than Lightroom 2 and Adobe Camera RAW at this time, detail is nice and noise seems to be handled better.
Only Canon’s software can handle the 6400 and 12800 ISO noise still, and I do not see that changing anytime soon but in general everyday use I am leaning towards Aperture 2 at this point for my 50D files. And that surprises me since I simply adore Lightroom 2 for just about everything else.
No images to share this time, you’ll just have to believe me for now. I’ll take some decent images soon enough and post them using Aperture 2 for processing.
Apple has updated RAW support for some of the latest cameras.
From the update…
This update extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto ’08 for the following cameras:
Canon EOS 50D
Nikon Coolpix P6000
It also addresses issues related to specific cameras and overall stability.
Find it in Software update or at this link.
I have been so impressed with Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro that I went ahead and brought it. It is not cheap but thanks to my NAPP membership I got it for $149.95. If you really want to bring your black and white images to life I would recommend at least giving the trial version a go.
No matter how hard I tried with Aperture, Lightroom and Camera Raw I just could not get the same tones that Silver Efex Pro can create. One very nice feature is the magic slider that somehow finds detail in the midtones, it really does make a difference.
So here’s an interesting update…
I installed the latest security update via Software Update. And the interesting thing is the update is for some security issues on 10.5.2 and Aperture 2.
….but some how my printing seems to be working again???
Could be a coincidence or just luck and I’m getting good prints today. As always it’s impossible to know the truth about Apple’s updates as they never actually tell you what it’s fixing other than “it’s an update, install it”.
I guess time will tell if my prints are back to normal or it’s just a lucky day when the stars align in the world of Epson printing
I never like it when I know for sure what a problem is, or what fixed it as it always leaves the door open for it to return.
So this is driving me nuts…Epson R1800, OS-X 10.5.2, Aperture 2 and Photoshop CS3 Why oh why is it that I cannot get a decent print? The colors are way off normally far too magenta or far too blue/green. And the density is either way too dark (at least 2-3 stops) or way too light. I never used to have any problems with printing, the prints would normally be pretty close to my screens calibrated with a Pantone Huey Pro. But for some reason since using 10.5.2 and the latest Epson drivers for the life of me I cannot get a good print. I have checked and checked that I am using the right color profiling and paper profiles. I am throwing paper and ink out the window like crazy trying to get a decent print.I am pretty familiar with Photoshop’s color management and Aperture’s somewhat more basic management (as in controls not technical content). So it’s not like I’m just hitting the print button without setting the image file color profile, paper profile and following the numerous books I have on printing how-to using the correct color profiles. Anyone else had these problems?
I’m a big Lightroom user, but before then I tried Aperture which if I recall was either 1.1 or 1.5 then. It was nice but seriously slow and the interface was most annoying for doing simple things, however the ideas in there were nice and I still think the highlight recovery tool works better than Lightroom. So when Apple released 2.0 without much fanfare (strange enough for Apple as it is) I was interested enough to down the trial the very same day of the release.
I have to say that I’m seriously impressed, so much in fact that I ordered a copy the very same day. Now I’m not saying I will stop using Lightroom, but I will start using Aperture and see which I end up using the most. for me the new speed and interface of Aperture (not to say the usual wonderful integration with everything else that Apple does so well) has me impressed enough to work with it. On my first gen 06 iMac MacTel it runs fast for the first time ever, and certainly enough that I can work with it. The new reworked RAW engine is very nice and for me it does some things better than Adobe’s CameraRaw. However I do with Apple would work with Adobe and get CameraRaw in there, as I’m sure when Adobe Releases a new version we’ll start getting the same old DNG issues we did with the previous Aperture releases.
I always found the way Aperture allows us to deal with organizing via projects to be wonderfully intuitive and makes Lightroom look primitive in this area. I have yet to try printing from Aperture to my Epson R1800 and that maybe the decider for me, but until then I am liking the new version very much and certainly see it as a good competitor to Lightroom just aslong as they release updates more often for new cameras which is where they fall flat every time due to the non plug-in idea like Adobe and CameraRaw.
I’ve said it before……if only Apple and Adobe would get together the tools from integrating both companies products would be stellar! Maybe one day I’ll get that Aperturoom product to solve all my problems with one app.