Aperture 3: First Impressions…

I have been an avid user of Apple’s Aperture software since the 1.0 release, so I look forward to the latest versions when they come out. I have been working with Aperture 3 for a day now, so I thought I would post some initial impressions.

The Good:

  • Looks like most of the fun stuff from iPhoto is now part of the party. Face detection, places, etc.
  • The Auto-Enhance feature is a miracle worker. So far, it makes everything look amazing.
  • Built in presets are now included for common tasks, like High Contrast black and white; and they look good.

The Bad:

  • So far, the software seems slow and buggy. I have had some issues with going from full screen back to the browser, and it is struggling with some of the adjustment sliders.
  • Publishing to MobileMe is also buggy; does not seem to work right. Flickr publishing was poorly done in 2.0, and remains bad.
  • The software likes to do a lot of things in the background, I think this slows down a lot processes up front. This may change as it finishes up with making thumbnails and processing faces, but I also noticed it when importing photos.

It is a nice package, and should only get better with some minor updates, but for now it seems awfully slow and buggy for regular use in a professional environment. I am guessing an update will likely be issued very soon, which should fix a lot of the issues here.

There is a trial version available, by the way; so try it out free for 30 days and see what you think. By the end of the trial I am guessing they may have fixed most of the bugs I am seeing…