Apple’s Aperture more revolutionary than you might think

By NewType

Apple’s new Aperture application is more revolutionary than it first appears. As Macworld’s first look at Aperture that could prove to be telling for the Mac platform in the near future.

“I’m a bit speechless, but it was only a matter of time–this is the same company that has produced such powerful and beautiful video editing software as Final Cut and audio software as Garage Band, as well as digital media management software like iTunes and iPhoto. I switched to PC a year ago for programming purposes (and have had a headache configuring the computer ever since), and have an OS 9 G4 tower at home, but I’m convinced now that I need to switch the hell back to Mac, to OS X, soon.”

It confirms my belief that Aperture was by far the most significant announcement out of this week’s media event.

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  1. “‘As you make changes, those changes are recorded in a SQL database.’
    You might recall that an SQL-based filesystem was exactly what WinFS was supposed to be.”

    Look!! Here’s an instance where Apple is copying Microsoft! “Cuppertino start your copy machines.” Perpare to see more of this in the future.

  2. Maybe for consistency, iPhoto should be renamed Pinhole. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    “The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.”
    – Douglas Adams

  3. I presume Apple is using Core Data and storing the information in SQLite. Apple talks the talk and then walks the walk. If Adobe doesn’t adopt these amazing technologies from Apple, then Photoshop will die a painful death. Apple can’t sit around and wait for Adobe.

    Its amazing to see what high end professional apps can do when they use Core Data and Core Image.

    But if Adobe would rather write their code to the dumbness of Windows, so be it.

  4. Snowdog,
    Nothing new? Dude, maybe not for a simple calendar program (Outlook doesn’t have a save either) but for a program where one is making multiple edits to a file, or groups of files, then you can close them, quit the app then relaunch and edit ANY step of those changes independently – then it is something new and somethiong BIG indeed. Try doing that with Photoshop and not causing the file to blow up like a CPU and ram hogging monster. hint: can’t.

  5. First Apple drops the 3.5″ drive

    Then the modem (notice is is now a USB option on all new hardware)

    Will Leopard usher in a wave off to the “Save” button? This is truly revolutionary. When you have your changes dynamically stored in a database, and you have an “undo”, all you really need is to be able to set certain “rollback” points – a version control system – to revert your data.

    And really, in the vast majority of situations, don’t we all just work with the latest version of something? How often do you really go back to a backup version of a document?

    MDN word: water

  6. OK, now I have an idea: a neural transmitter connected to Spotlight so that you THINK of something somewhere and Spotlight finds it in your files.

    There, now whenever neural transmitter will be available everybody would have copied from me!

    Shiller: you can’t copy VAPORWARE. In addition, query-able file systems á la SQL with dynamic search and content-addition capabilities are no secret or original ideas. BeOS attempted something similar, Tiger is filesystem dynamic metadata enabled already and gave us Spotlight, Microsoft tried for years and delivered… vapor and Apple attempted that and delivered. It is a matter of being able and capable or not. Now that Apple did it maybe Microsoft will *find* a way to solve its impossible mission. As usual.

  7. <<
    Look!! Here’s an instance where Apple is copying Microsoft! “Cuppertino start your copy machines.” Perpare to see more of this in the future.>>

    Copying??? MSFT’s effort didn’t work, Apple’s effort does. What about MSFT’s non-functioning feature did Apple copy?

  8. NOTICE: There is a litmus test for Aperture reviews.

    If you say any of the following:
    – Aperture is like Photoshop
    – Aperture competes with Photoshop
    – Aperture will kill Photoshop

    You prove, unequivocally, that you don’t really know what Aperture does and you don’t really know Photoshop either. Bzzzt, thanks for playing!

    Aperture does compete with an Adobe product, but if you can’t name the right one, you don’t deserve to be part of the discussion!

    If Aperture did the same things Photoshop did, its files wouldn’t look like they do now. Aperture looks better simply because it doesn’t try to do what Photoshop does. You have to understand what a RAW workflow really means and why it means almost nothing to, say, a Photoshop-using web designer or Photoshop-using pressman.

    Get a clue!!!!

  9. “Look!! Here’s an instance where Apple is copying Microsoft! “Cuppertino start your copy machines.” Perpare to see more of this in the future.” – ‘Schiller’

    Hard to copy something that does not exist! ‘Hope you’re being sarcastic; otherwise, you’d be called a fool.

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