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| p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Am I an idiot for switching from LR4.1 to Aperture 3.3? |
I started with Aperture, but bought Lightroom for its superior demosaicking and noise reduction, and to try to keep abreast of industry standards. But I haven't been able to transition from Aperture to Lightroom. The Aperture user interface is delicious. I love launching that app and getting to work. Lightroom is very clunky in comparison, and I don't say that only because I'm more familiar with Aperture.
Consider the following screenshot from Lightroom 4.1:
I've highlighted a few of the many inconsistencies here, most of which are entirely gratuitous. Alas, I could have continued with pretty much the entire Lightroom interface, which is the kind of incoherent mess that only Adobe could get away with!
The following items should be consistently named, instead of mangled like this:
White Balance --> WB
Basic Tone --> Basic
White Clipping --> Whites
Black Clipping --> Blacks
Clarity has been isolated on its own in the Synchronize Settings window, while Saturation and Vibrance have had their order reversed. They're grouped under Color instead of Presence.
Treatment (Color) has its own little island too, instead of being grouped under the Color list immediately below, where anyone sensible would expect it.
And the button to bring up the Synchronize Settings window is called Sync… (with the ellipsis carelessly formed by three dots instead of the proper glyph), while to proceed you press a button called Synchronize. Messy, messy, messy. Almost intolerably messy, in my opinion.
I know many people couldn't care less about the aesthetics of the above (which can only be because they're philistines insensitive to beauty, flair, diligence, and artistry), but they do care about ease of use. Tools should be presented in a sensible and systematic order every time.
Lightroom 4.1 performs very well in terms of demosaicking, noise reduction, and sharpening. (The deomosaic engine was dreadful before Lightroom 3, but it's been state of the art ever since.) But with every update the interface descends into further intractability: a path well trodden by Adobe with their other big apps.
So I remain hopeful that Apple will add the features we need to Aperture. Version 3.3 was superficially unremarkable, but if you pay attention you'll notice Apple performed some serious under-the-hood engineering and rewrote the 600-page user manual. That doesn't suggest Apple is about to throw in the towel.