I figured out how to get Apple's Aperture 3 to perform in a similar manner as Lightroom. I upgraded my Mac Pro's graphics card from the nVidia GeForce 7300 GT to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Card. Aperture 3 takes advantage of all the processing power of the 4870 graphics card and really improves the performance when doing things like retouching, skin smoothing, or even just changing global parameters like exposure and brightness.
IMOP - anyone who is considering running Aperture 3 needs to make sure that their graphics card can handle it. Apple does not specify any minimum configuration for Aperture other than it be a Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. I have a Mac Book and Aperture 3 runs like a dog on it, it really isn't usable.
I have been using Aperture 3 for about six weeks now and there are still a few things that bug me.
They implemented most of the brushes perfectly. I can modify a brushes' intensity after I have applied it and I can have multiple adjustments in case I want to control them independently. But for some reason when it comes to the retouch brush I can't modify the opacity after I have applied it (I can only modify just before I apply it and if I get it wrong I have to go back and delete it and re-do it), and I can't have multiple retouch adjustments. Since I use the retouch a lot this would be a great enhancement. The spot and retouch tool works in the same manner.
I still prefer how Lightroom allows me to sync adjustments from image to image, and I like how when I draw a mask using Lightroom's adjustment brush that I can change multiple parameters, like exposure, saturation, clarity, etc..
- Add retouch brush like Aperture and be able to change each brush independently.
- Add video and slideshow support like Aperture.
APPLE APERTURE 3 WISHES:
- Give me independent brushes for retouching and spot removal so I can modify them at a later time.
- Allow me to sync changes as easily as Lightroom (I really love Lightroom's Previous button)