Here are some of the key findings:
Aperture’s features are best taken advantage of with photos shot in RAW mode, so if you are not willing to sacrifice the space on your hard drive or if your camera does not shoot in RAW (most point-and-shoots do not shoot in RAW format), you won’t enjoy the full spectrum of Aperture’s photo editing power.
In sum, Aperture 3 is an easy-to-learn introduction to digital imaging. The more ambitious amateur might want to delve directly into Photoshop, though Aperture’s $199 price tag is much more competitive than Photoshop’s $999 investment price point. However, students looking to pursue digital photography might want to reconsider, as Adobe’s student discount prices Photoshop CS4 at a very reasonable $199. Consumers should also consider Photo Mechanic and Adobe Lightroom as more specialized alternatives.