Over the last few years I have been through a number of Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions. When my photo library first outgrew iPhoto I used iView Multimedia to manage everything. This became Microsoft Expression Media (and Windows only) so that route was closed.
Next stop was with the new kid on the block Adobe Lightroom, which I was happily using for a few years. In those days it was a competent program but had limitations that became irritating. The biggest of these was it only really worked properly with RAW images leaving JPEGs with very limited support and video was a red headed stepchild at best. Not bad at the time I was shooting mostly raw, but then came better compacts, and the iPhone meaning more JPEGs
When I changed my Mac it was finally capable of running Apple’s Aperture and I gave it a go to see if it was better than Lightroom. It fitted my thinking well and while still focused on RAW processing gave more for JPEGs, and handled Video. I moved the whole catalogue over.
Since the Apple announcements along with Yosemite that both Aperture and iPhoto were being put out to pasture I was in a dilemma. There are still no firm details of what will and won’t be in Photos but best guess will be that it’s more than iPhoto but not quite Aperture
With all the uncertainty I finally decided to make a move when I noticed Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photographer Offering. For under £10 a month (even after the promo period ends) I can get the current Lightroom and as a bonus Photoshop CC. Seemed like a no brainer so here I am heading back to Lightroom again.
I’m going to miss some of the features of Aperture like the beautiful slideshow themes, face recognition, and a lot of the power searching but so far Lightroom seems to have matured and taken off a lot of the rough edges that irritated me before.
The big job now is to migrate my catalog over with as little collateral damage to the metadata as possible, and then work out which of the many Photostream import solutions to try to implement