I’m : a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.

Lightroom or Aperture?

I often get asked whether I prefer Lightroom or Aperture. Having used Lightroom 2 (some), Lightroom 3 (a lot), Aperture 2 (a lot), and Aperture 3 (a little), I can semi-confidently share these anecdotal opinions:

Aperture usually has slightly nicer features than Lightroom, and I prefer much about Aperture’s interface, but it’s buggier and has more performance problems, even on very high-end hardware.

Aperture is always “improving” but never becomes great. I often felt that I was fighting it to get my work done.

Lightroom is consistently good and very stable. I’ve never felt that I was fighting it.

Your mileage may vary — but these were my experiences.