Thomas Fitzgerald Photography: What I want from an Asset Management System

“While we see a renaissance of sorts when it comes to photo editing software, in my opinion, the management side has taken a back seat. If you look at many of the recent developments across newer and updated applications, most of the development has been on the image editing side. Lightroom, for example, has seen only minor changes to the database side of the application in years. There are lots of new technologies out there that would be really useful to photographers if they were all together in one application, and yet, in my opinion, there’s nothing that does everything. At least not yet….”

Digital asset management aka DAM in Apple’s Aperture 3.6. Image courtesy of DP Now.
Brushes feature in Apple Aperture 3. Image courtesy of


Bluntly, what Mr Fitzgerald is after is a contemporary and fully up-to-date version of Apple Aperture, had Apple not seen fit to kill it stone cold dead in 2015, to the shock and dismay of thousands of professional users of what remains one of the very best, if not the best, digital asset management software product with built-in raw image file editing capabilities.

Aperture was not just for photographers working alone.

I recommended and bought Aperture licences for a number of agencies, publishers and other companies where I worked or consulted for over the years as it met their image editing, sorting and archiving needs well too.

I have used a number of digital asset management products over the years and always chose Aperture over any of them and if Apple had not killed Aperture I would be doing so to this very day.


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Macphun: New Luminar 2018 Supernova

“We haven’t announced it officially, but many of you have already guessed that the new version of Luminar will be available this year….

… Right off the bat, get better images with an improved RAW engine that’s not only faster but delivers less noise and better color. Then take complete control over your image with new Lens Correction and Transform Tools, plus old favorites such as Spot Heal and Color Temperature to remove flaws.

We’ve dramatically improved the existing filters and added blazing fast noise reduction for cleaning up unwanted noise in real-time. Also added: new impressive filters to stylize, tone, and enhance your photos, including Sun Rays, Dodge & Burn, LUT Mapping, Hue Shift, Brilliance, and a cool new Matte Look….

… We’re working on a fantastic digital asset manager (“DAM”) which will work like magic with the hard drives you already own and with any cloud storage platform you want to use. …”