I get many emails a day requesting features for upcoming releases, and questions about RAW Power in the context of Aperture.

While RAW Power is not a replacement for Aperture, I do know many customers have or had Aperture and really loved it.

I’m embedding a poll here for people to vote on their favorites.

To be clear, I’m not making any promises. I think it’s valuable for people to see each other’s opinions on this. That said, I’ll start the voting 🙂

If I missed your favorite feature, add that to the comments. If you didn’t use Aperture, but have favorite features in Lightroom or other apps, feel free to chime in as well.

What do you miss most from Aperture (choose up to 5)

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11 Comments

  1. Antonio Shalders

    Hi Nik !

    Aperture has some very powerful features, like its search engine and tagging system. It’s still a very powerful DAM.
    I also like the color adjustment controls, specially the separate corrections for highlight, midtones and shadows (enhance/tint). Edge sharpen is sometimes extremely useful

  2. Robert Mann

    Thanks for the pol, Nik! Your customer service is definitely grade A.

  3. Jon-Rico Browner

    Hey there Nik! Thanks for making RAW Power. I am really impressed with the latest 2.0 edition. As for Aperture.. I still sorely miss the feel and nature of it. One overly loved feature that I still miss is the Projects – Thumbnail view of all your folders and or imports. It really makes for a great snapshot view of what your library has. Another awesome feature is the HUD’s ( Head Up Display) when working in Full Screen. This really gave your image full attention and real estate on view.

  4. regixkn

    Hi, with more than 50.000 images to deal with I need (hierarchical) keywording and search features. The information should be in a catalogue or in sidecar files. Actually the DAM feature is the feature I miss most.

  5. Timo Lindman

    Maybe this has been suggested before, but for those of us looking for a DAM to replace Aperture, would it be possible, given your understanding of how Aperture stored adjusted photo data, to write a plug in (or whatever) that would import files **and their Aperture adjustments** into, e.g., Lightroom with your RAW power plug in?

    It would be amazing to have those edits again (or not have to bake them into tiff / jpgs). I actually have — probably foolishly — put off migrating to Lightroom because of the old edits issue.

  6. Robert

    Lightroom has a Transform feature with Auto button for initiating correction of keyhole distortion, straightening, levelling horizon, with and without crop. The Auto version does a great job and the manual adjustments: vertical, horizontal, etc. allow for excellent fine tuning.

    Would love to see the same in Raw Power.

  7. Rafael P.

    Hi Nik,

    Aperture is dearly missed. It is amazing that even after 4 years of ceasing it’s development we don’t still have a decent replacement (and hence why most miss it so much).

    The main feature I miss from Aperture is it’s non-modular approach to the workflow. Want to edit a photo in the book? No problem. Want to crop your image while browsing to see if it’s a keeper? No problem. Oh, and the speed! No program can match Aperture’s speed to date (and again, we are talking about a program that has not being developed or optimized for current OS). Browsing is super fast. Adjustments with no lag.

    File management was also fantastic, moving photos/files across drivers was easy.

    Aperture search abilities are still unmatched. It was only a few updates ago that Lightroom allow us to search for folders!

    Anyways, even though RAW power is not designed to replace Aperture, it is a great software. It would be nice to one day have Aperture back. Many thanks to you, Curt, Kirk and Chris.

    • Nik Bhatt

      Thank you for the kind words. Yes, Aperture was one-of-a-kind and it was a privilege to work on that team — they, too, were one-of-a-kind.

  8. Rafael P.

    Hi Nik,

    Aperture is dearly missed. It is amazing that even after 4 years of ceasing its development we don’t still have a decent replacement (and hence why most miss it so much).

    The main feature I miss from Aperture is the non-modular approach to the workflow. Want to edit a photo in the book? No problem. Want to crop your image while browsing to see if it’s a keeper? No problem. Oh, and the speed! No program can match Aperture’s speed to date (and again, we are talking about a program that has not been developed or optimized for current OS). Browsing is super fast. Adjustments with no lag.

    File management was also fantastic, moving photos/files across drivers was easy.

    Aperture search abilities are still unmatched. It was only a few updates ago that Lightroom allows us to search for folders!

    Anyways, even though RAW power is not designed to replace Aperture, it is a great software. It would be nice to one day have Aperture back. Many thanks to you, Curt, Kirk and Chris.

  9. Bob P.

    Never had the chance to use Aperture but have used other open source RAW software, Darktable, Lightzone. these 2 have the ability to draw a mask around certain areas to limit how changes affect the entire image. Would it be possible to get something like that in RawPower. Really like your software. Easy to use and great results.

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