Maybe I'm an Aperture fan-boy wearing pink glasses ....
but DAM-wise Aperture was a decade ahead of it's time and LR, C1 etc. are still trying to catch up, without ever reaching the original.
Sorry if this sounds like a rant, but it has to be said:
Why didn't you just take Aperture as a blue print for your DAM, throw out what didn't work well (IMO stacks) and improve on others (RAW + JPEG handling) and you'd had an immediate winner?
Some great Aperture things to mention?
Ultimate flexible organization:
• top folders
• inside top folders goes other top folders, projects, albums, intelligent albums
• inside projects goes sub-folders, albums, intelligent albums
Yes you can have both folders to group projects and global albums and folders within projects to further structure albums within projects i.e.
Clicking on any hierarchy shows pictures from all sub-hierarchies.
Intelligent albums pick up photos from the project the intelligent album is placed in (dynamic source for intelligent albums)
Great searching and filtering on meta-data.
Edit everywhere, no switching of modules.
Great multi monitor support with displaying multiple photos at same or different zoom level with fast synchronized scrolling.
We don't have to talk about Apertures editing capabilities, Luminar is toasting it in this departement.
Aperture DAM though IMO still best of its class is nowhere rocket science. A couple of SQL-databases and a bit of synchronized Finder file moving is all it is built from. I know what I'm talking about, because I did some advanced stuff with SQL and Apple Script on Aperture databases (apHUB).
That said, many feature requests I see here are actual features from Aperture even though Aperture isn't mentioned specifically. I'm sure over time well see many of these "Aperture" features showing up in Luminar.
That is why I recommend Luminar dev team to take a break and have a closer look at Aperture or chat with some seasoned Aperture guys and evaluate what parts of the Aperture DAM could complement the Luminar DAM. You then have the big picture of Aperture's DAM instead of just single parts through individual user requests, that might sound useless without knowing the big picture.
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