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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2013, 08:30:41 PM »
aperture been using it before there was lightroom
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 08:41:30 PM »
Apple has really repositioned Aperture as a more amateur program. Nothing wrong with that, it's simple to learn and operate and delivers great conversions. Lightroom is a more fully featured program that is constantly updated and improved. The fact that more photographers use LR than any other program for RAW conversions speaks for itself.

There are any number of alternatives, all with particular strengths, but LR really puts it all together.

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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2013, 09:07:11 PM »
Another vote for LR here. Lightroom is the way to go.

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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2013, 09:22:13 PM »
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2013, 09:53:52 PM »
I use both Lightroom and Capture One and find them both straight forward to use Capture One is slightly cheaper but not so its noticeable. I have PS5 but rarely use it especially as the other programs develop further. I use the NIK and Alienskin plugins which I like and compliment LR and Capture One well.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2013, 12:11:01 AM »
For a limited amount of work I do, Adobe Bridge + Photoshop CS5.5 works just fine.

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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2013, 01:18:16 AM »
I operate the OSX System, have used Lightroom since it first started, currently use Lightroom 4, waiting for LR5 (Beta now out)

Lightroom: for filing all my Photos, basic changes such as White Balance Adjustment (I shoot RAW), any cropping needed. Only drawback no Layers.
Photoshop CS6: After LR4 adjustments, I move to CS6 for any thing I plan to do that requires Layers adjustments.
On One: Now do about 70% with this software that I once used Photoshop for, more intuitive & much easier to use than Photoshop, very good "Brush" technology, but doesn't do everything Photoshop does.
NIK Viveza 2: Use this for very localised adjustments, but less so now with the advent of On One.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2013, 02:59:25 AM »
For minor work and cataloging I run Aperture on my MacBook Pro... Photoshop+ACR for more "intensive" work. In addition to these I got Nik Software's bundle at a steal of 126USD for the whole package.. Brilliant stuff that.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2013, 03:04:23 AM »
I have installed Apeture and Lightroom on may macs.
But Aperture is my main tool. Lightroom has some nice features,
but the the ui didnt behave like a native mac os x app.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2013, 03:10:17 AM »
I use DPP for my RAW conversions. Yes, its user interface feels clunky and cumbersome but the possibilities to correct aberrations (lens specific profiles), sharpen and optimize your files before producing a TIFF or JPEG (or whatever format you prefer) are rather good. For my eye, DPP delivers the best output files. As you can't apply corrections like noise reduction only to specific parts of the picture, you might want to a) be careful with the NR and sharpening sliders and b) use some other app for the finer touches – I use PS6 with NIK software mainly for NR and sharpening the  final output files.
For all of this you could use LR or Aperture or DXO or Capture One which all do a good job – in the end it comes down to user preference. One important thing DPP is lacking is the possibility to add keywords/tags and manage the files. LR, Aperture and all the other apps do this.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2013, 04:09:38 AM »
I use DPP and PS CS 5.1. I have to upgrade to 10.8 from 10.7. When I've done that I will upgrade to PS CS 6. Every new
version of ACR that comes out has better raw processing. I've been using the Detail Tab to eliminate noise in my Pics.
You might want to check out Elements 11. For around $100.00 it comes with the latest version of ACR. Adobe will let you do an upsell to the full version of Photoshop. It is not cheap. It is up to you as to what version you want. Elements or the full version of Photoshop. Some Photographers use Lightroom and then finish up in Photoshop for the final image.
You could do a search: Photoshop Elements vs Photoshop CS. Or vs Lightroom to see what others think is best. DPP has
some good points to it and Canon is making it better over time. I use it to process raw pics so I can convert them to Tiff
and jpeg. I then send the jpegs by email to friends. Macs email will let to choose how large you want the attachment to be. Good Luck. 
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2013, 04:42:45 AM »
I was just on the Adobe website and read that Adobe no longer offers an upsell option from Elements. I don't think Elements has the same Full version of ACR as Lightroom and Photoshop. Something else to research.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2013, 05:16:26 AM »
Have a look at this:
http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/04/adobe-lightroom-5-public-beta-available/

While not being the final release, you can still try it out extensively.
In the end, you have to choose.

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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2013, 06:42:44 AM »
The fact that more photographers use LR than any other program for RAW conversions speaks for itself.

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That is because most people use Windows. So Aperture is out of the question.
Regardless what raw converter you use you will always need PS.
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Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2013, 08:04:39 AM »
Give both a try and see which you like better. I personally use Lightroom.

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