Originally posted by bikertwin
Whoa, Dude! Lightroom is not free.
The Lightroom beta--which expires in June--is free. It may have bugs. Your files/edits may not work with the final version. You may start to depend on features which get changed or removed in the final version. It's got great raw conversion, but that's about it. No versions. No loupe. No lightbox.
By the time Adobe has finally finished coding it (end of 2006?) Aperture will already be on version 2 or 3! I don't think Adobe will ever catch up. Did Premiere?
Adobe has said that Lightroom will cost somewhere between $100-$600, but Adobe isn't saying specifically yet.
It does have a loupe.
And it's still in beta, the same place Aperture should be!
It's also interesting that we haven't seen those online review updates we were supposed to see after Apple came out with 10.4.4 with the updated conversions. I haven't seen too much of an improvement overall, so far, from them. Though I haven't had much time to do an in depth test.
And, stop including Premiere. Premiere, on the Mac, was NEVER a professional program. It was not intended as such. It wasn't a professional program on the PC either, until version 7, which only came out months after Adobe discontinued it on the Mac.
Adobe was working on 7 for the Mac as well, but decided to stop when they saw that Apple had Express. At least, this was what I was told from those I know in Adobe. I have no reason to doubt it.
But Aperture is a different case entirely.
If we come back a year from now, we will have a real idea as to where both Aperture and Lightroom stand. It's just too early now to tell.