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1  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / LR3, A3, EM, iPhoto, and photo books on: November 07, 2010, 07:49:51 PM
I've been using EM since upgrading from iView. I like it fine for managing my files, but I really need something that can handle non-destructive editing, so I downloaded trials of Lightroom and Aperture. Both are good and worked fine, but each had features that have made it difficult to decide between them. Here's some of my considerations:

--Over the years, I have made extensive use of the iView/Expression Media "people" field, and there is no easy way to migrate all that info over to another software package. (I know, I can manually convert them all to keywords, but I've got over 20,000 images and I don't even know how many hundreds of people, so it would be tedious.)
--I REALLY like Apple's photo books, and I'm going to be making a few of them in the coming months. That argues for Aperture.
--I preferred Lightroom's interface, and it seemed a bit zippier on my hardware. I also am more comfortable with the number of pros that use it, and of Adobe's commitment to the photo industry -- I worry that Apple might pull the plug on Aperture someday. This all argues for Lightroom, although it is more expensive.

So what I really want is LR's interface, with Aperture's photo books feature. As I see it, here are my options:

--Get LR, and export processed images to a folder that I can import into iPhoto, and make my Apple photo books from there. The downside is that I don't get A3's photo book refinements, I'm stuck with whatever they have in iPhoto.
--Get A3, and deal with the speed issues and interface that I don't like as much by visiting a therapist.

So my question is how to deal with the DAM issue here. Should I continue to use EM for that part, and just use either A3 or LR for image processing? Or should I go whole hog into either A3 or LR and one of them for both DAM and image processing? If I do that, which is the better choice from a DAM point of view? That could be the issue that decides it for me, as I would like to minimize the number of software programs I have to use.

Put more succinctly, it looks like I have 4 basic options:

EM for DAM, LR for processing, iPhoto for books
EM for DAM, A3 for processing and books
LR for DAM and processing, iPhoto for books
A3 for everything

Thanks,
chris
2  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Replacing IView Media Pro on Mac with Snow Leopard on: November 07, 2010, 06:57:10 PM
I second Sigi's recommendation. I don't know if you can get good upgrade pricing, but I was able to upgrade from iView 3 to EM and it works great in SL. Very zippy.

chris
3  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView vs Em2 on: July 28, 2010, 10:55:19 AM
I recently upgraded from iView 3 to EM2 and couldn't be more pleased. It works much faster, and everything is pretty much the same in terms of the interface. I was thinking about moving to Aperture or LR, but now I don't think I need to. I'm on MacBook Pro 2.5gHz and my catalogs feel very zippy compared to how they handled in iView.

chris
4  Software Discussions / Aperture / migrating iView "people" fields to Aperture 3 on: April 07, 2010, 05:45:48 AM
Does anyone know the best way to migrate information from iView Media Pro 3 "People" fields into Aperture 3? I've looked around on the web and searched this forum, but I can't seem to find anything. I know that I could manually go through and select each person and add their name as a keyword, but I've got over 500 names and 20,000 images, so I'd really like to avoid that. I suppose I'll need some sort of a script, but the closest thing I could find was for Expression 2. Would there be any way to link the iView People data with the Faces list in Aperture? (I haven't tried the Faces thing, but I assume that faces have names associated with them.) Thoughts, suggestions?

chris

PS: Does anyone know why neither LR or A3 have a similar people field? It seems so obviously useful to me.
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