“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….”
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.
- Adobe – Adobe Bridge CC
- Adobe – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
- Apple Communities – Updating to Aperture 3.6 After the Release of Photos
- Camera Bits, Inc. – Photo Mechanic
- Canto – Cumulus– formerly a DAM solution for creatives, now for enterprises.
- DPReview – Opinion: Can an Aperture user be happy with Apple’s new ‘Photos’ software?
- Extensis – Portfolio – formerly a DAM solution for creatives, now for enterprises.
- Lesspain Software – Kyno
- Light Stalking – This is Why I Miss Apple Aperture and Why I Think Apple Photos is Not A Replacement
- Phase One – Capture One Pro
- Phase One – Media Pro SE
- Skylum – It’s time: Re-think your post-processing workflow
- Skylum – Luminar 2018 – a Digital Asset Management module is currently in development and is expected to be released sometime later in 2018.
- Thomas Fitzgerald Photography – What I want from an Asset Management System
- Wikipedia – Aperture (software)
- Wikipedia – Apple Photos
- Wikipedia – Phase One Media Pro – mentions iView, later bought by Microsoft then Phase One.
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