Well, it has been a rocky start for Apple with the introduction of Aperture to a target audience of "professionals" with extraordinary high expectations. And rightfully so, with a $500 pricetag for a first edition software application. in my first impressions as I reported earlier in another thread, I was quite excited and when I first put Aperture on the computer and went into its many "Apple-esque" GUI interface options, it was like a kid opening a package under the Christmas Tree. A couple of weeks into it, reality began to take hold. I began to see the weaknesses in Aperture and a bit of dissapointment began to take hold as I realized that the claims of Apple in the form of very slick and well made flash and Quicktime movies may have been somewhat overstated. This dissapointment was fueled by an avalanche internet posts by outspoken, angry, indignation and resentment against Apple for charging so much for so little. Even though Apple was clear that Aperture is not a replacement for Photoshop, it was felt by many that it would be at least a Mac only deviation from Photoshop that would do most of the most common tasks that were asked of Photoshop and allow for some out of the box innovations in cataloging and other tasks such as web develpment for photography and professional books of photos and printing. Now as I have used it a bit more and had a chance to learn some of the tricks that Aperture is actually capable of, I have begun to re-asses the reality of what Aperture actually is and what it is not. First and formost, IT IS a first generation high end software program from a major company that does stand behind it's products quite well. Many (any I am one) had initially expected this software to be, if not a replacement for PS, at least up to par with it's mature interface and excellent output. well, let's remember for moment, that Photoshop is the end result of about 15 years of production improvments based on world wide use and input from users of all levels. No product can put out a first version with that kind of mature interface. While the expectation of a comparison with programs like PS have been a real problem for Apple, it is also an advantage. Apple can look at programs like PS, NC, C1 and others and learn from their progress and problems. So, I believe that Aperture will have a much shorter upgrade path schedule to make it on par with programs like PS which has been upgrading to version 9 to be where it is. Aperture version 2 will probably be a very advanced upgrade and make Aperture an evolved program much closer to what we all expected. For now I have lowered my expectation and enjoyed Aperture for what it really is. I have ordered a couple of books and been very happy with those. I have put together a website which has a fairly polished look with very little effort. I put this together last night in about 2 hours in an experiment using images that were previously edited for my "real" website". I may actually stop using the other website and just keep my .Mac presence instead. Here is the link if you are interested. http://homepage.mac.com/interactivephotos/interactivephotos/ I have migrated my entire library of images, about 15,000 or so into Aperture and I am quite happy with the ease which it allows for cataloging and retrieving those images. Much better than any thing I have used in the past. Is it perfect or even close to perfect? Absolutely not. Aperture is a new concept in imaging software. There is a serious learning curve and there is much room for improvement, but Apple is not a fly by night company and I feel that they will do the right thing here to make it much better. In the mean time, I am now going on record as saying I like it and will use it and look forward with great antisipation to the next upgrade release. It is fun, fast (for me) and very efficient and like all Apple stuff, it looks cool. I have learned to use it quite efficiently with Photoshop as an outside editor and together, they make for a very nice workflow and output combo. PS is magnificent at what it does but can be somewhat bloated, while Aperture is sleek and efficient and fun to use. What one doesn't do, the other does and vice versa. Just felt like sharing.