PC Magazine just gave Aperture 3 a glowing review, awarding Apple’s popular photography software 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Here’s the skinny:
Aperture 3 is a huge step up from the previous version, adding pretty much everything that used to be the sole territory of Adobe Lightroom’s (custom adjustment presets and brushes, full screen view), and even a couple of nifty features from iPhoto 09’s Faces and Places. For Mac users who want a big step up in power from iPhoto, Aperture is a natural. For the ultimate in high-end editing of images, Adobe’s Photoshop retains its crown, of course. But among an extremely capable field of pro photo-workflow software (Adobe Lightroom and ACDSee Pro in particular), Aperture’s smoother user interface, plentiful slideshow and photo book output options, and top-notch camera raw file support raise it above the lot.
By the way, I’m beginning work on my own in-depth review of Aperture 3, and I should have it posted within a couple of weeks. I’m also planning some tutorials to help you make the most out of Aperture’s workflow and editing tools.