Journal: News & Comment

Thursday, November 17, 2005
# 8:23:00 AM:

What Apple Aperture isn't

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When Apple's new Aperture software first appeared a few weeks ago, many thought it was a competitor to Adobe Photoshop. Photo District News takes a look, and shows that's not the case at all:

It took around 5 minutes for us to cull down a group of selects from the hundreds of shots in the assignment. By contrast, this same process using my collection of assembled tools would take me anywhere from thirty-minutes to a few hours.

It's not so much a photo editing tool as a photo workflow tool, and in many ways it's a new thing altogether. Not something I'm likely to use, but neat, nevertheless.

On another graphics-related note, I pronounce GIF like "gift." That seems to be the trend, even though those who created the format wanted it otherwise. And in the end, it's usage, not pedantry, that determines these things. Otherwise I'd still be writing "e-mail" and "Web site."

My suspicion is that it won't be long before saying GIF like "jiffy" will seem as quaint as the way the New Yorker writes "coördinate" with the diaresis on the o.


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