Originally posted by melgross
We don't know just how good these filters are as compared to PS's and others. They may be the same, they may be better, and they may be worse.
They can be different. I also made that point.
If it's a Mac only app, that would be fine.
But I and others who have been working with PS for a long time are used to the results we get, so are the clients. Something different, even if "better" might not be acceptable.
However, it's possible that Adobe might be able to build their own filters using the Core services.
That would answer a lot of questions and solve a lot of problems.
Good points. As I am not a professional photographer or photo-manipulator I am speaking as a photographic amateur (or, a photo-entusiast). As a student I simply do not have the budget and/or the need for what I'd like to call "professional tools". While it might not be acceptable for a professional who relies heavily on the known outcome of his tools, for the tools to change - even in cases where the results are better
, change is usually accepted and welcomed by people in my situation.
Now, Aperture it self is not out of my price range, although its hardware requirements are.
I'll go slighly off topic here and talk about Aperture and iPhoto instead of Aperture and Photoshop.
I see Aperture as being a great application for professionals and semi-professionals. but as it only relies on RAW images, its feature set - no matter how great - are not useful to me at all. Partly because I do not have a dSLR, and partly because I would be likely to shoot in JPEG even if I did. My work-flow goes something like this: Half (or there abouts) of my photographs are taken on a "normal" SLR and go on slide film. The rest are taken wiht a "high-end" digital compact. Digital photographs gets imported straight into iPhoto, while the slides gets scanned as JPEG at home, and then imported into iPhoto.
What I'd like to see though, is some of Apertures features to find its way into iPhoto 6 (ot 5.5, or whatever the next version is). I don't expect to get a full-featured iPhoto, but some of these features should (in my view) scale very well down to iPhoto. I'm thinking especially on the "magnifying glass" and some of the color correction functionalities and effects. In my opinion (and this is usually because I like to keep my OS and applications up-to-date) the next iPhoto (I'm going to call this iPhoto 6) should rely heavily on Core Image and Core Data in much the same way as Aperture. There is really no reason for it to not
do this. I would love to be able to enhance some of my photos without being forced to store it as a seperate copy. My iPhoto library contains over 10.000 photographs and weighs in at over 15 GB. About 4 GB of this is used to store duplicates, which in effect wastes 5% of my total hard-drive capacity (PowerBook with 80GB). I would love to be able to get these 4GB back
(On another note, my iPod Photo Cache weights is at almost 7GB, and I really wish Apple found a better solution for this issue!).
iPhoto is less of a workflow-type application and more of a digital photo library with "enhanced features", so I do not think any of the workflow-functionalities are applicable, but I do think that most (if not all) color-management (except the different color profiles, etc) and filters are applicable. They are a part of Core Image, and should therefore be available in all
of apples image-applications (yes, even preview).
The reason I don't think any of the work-flow features are applicable in iPhoto is based on the different shooting-frequencies between amateurs (and "pro" amateurs) and professionals (and semi-pros). Where I might shoot 6-7 photos if I find something exciting, a pro might shoot ten times that, which is where the need for great workflow features come into play (i know theres other useages).
I hope that Apple continues on this path to create freely available frameworks accross the OS that anyone can use. It does increase the quality of all applications that are built on the technology. Just look at the slideshow example in OS X now. The same functionality is available in the Finder, in Preview, iPhoto and even in Mail. This is the type of cross-application functionality that might help Apple gain marketshare, in my opinion.