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jchuzi:
Although I have never used Affinity Photo, I have read good things about it. You can find it at App Store.

Xairbusdriver:

--- Quote ---I bought Aperture too... I wonder if it will run on the newest computers?
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Apple dropped development right after I bought it, although I don't think the two events were directly related! :doh: :p But it will certainly NOT run in Catalina, if it is a 32 bit app.

ON1 is in very active development and aimed directly at Lightroom. One of the biggest differences is that it allows you complete freedom as to where you store your originals as opposed to Lightroom's organization schemes. It also uses Layers like PS and PSE, not sure if that's available in LR. :dntknw:

PS and PSE are basically pixel editors/creators although various effects can be 'painted' on most objects. Aperture, LR and ON1 are more about editing the entire image although an effect can be faded in many ways. I think they all store your 'edits' as separate documents, leaving your original files unchanged.

You should probably also check out Apple's newest Photos app which you are already paying for! :)

Bruce_F:
Thanks for all the information shared! I now have some homework to do!

Paddy:
Late to the party, but I'd suggest that you have a look at some of the reviews that compare the various options to Photoshop and Lightroom. There are some significant pluses and minuses when it comes to LR replacements - the file system/catalogue system differences are significant between LR & ON1, for instance. For more on that see: https://photographylife.com/lightroom-vs-on1

I now have Capture One 12 Pro, ON1 2020, Affinity Photo, and Pixelmator Pro, in addition to my old LR/PS CS6, which are still in use. I haven't updated to Catalina, as I've had a number of big projects and not enough time to do anything...

Capture One 12 compared to Lightroom:
https://photographylife.com/lightroom-vs-capture-one

Capture One had a great sale before Christmas; I'd been dithering over it for some time. The other apps I've owned since they began and I have updated them (thought not used them extensively, yet) because I believe strongly in supporting viable Adobe alternatives!!

ON1 is significantly cheaper than C1 and will likely be more than enough for many - though DO keep in mind the differences using a database/sidecar DAM structure and make sure that you know and understand best practices around backups.

If you are looking for a viable Photoshop alternative from a great company with a good user base (and helpful forums) I HIGHLY recommend Affinity Photo. I also use Affinity Publisher - have already abandoned InDesign (which I used and loved for years) and it's great too.

Comparison: https://www.photography-raw.com/affinity-photo-vs-photoshop/

For those considering Pixelmator, this is a good comparison of it with PS: https://tidbits.com/2019/02/13/pixelmator-pro-how-does-it-compare-to-photoshop-cc/

Bruce_F:
Wow! That's a lot of good information! I'll be checking all of it out.

Thanks Paddy!

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