Like most of you probably know by now, Apple stopped development of aperture a few days ago. Now it's time to move on - but where should I go? DxO Optics Pro is out of question as it doesn't support asset management of any kind. As for Lightroom - it has some awesome features and a nice user interface, but I don't like the colors it produces out of the box. Sure you can tweak them, but if there's a better solution out there, I'll gladly take it. So that pretty much only leaves CaptureOne Pro as alternative. So I will use CaptureOne exclusively for the next 60 days, which is the free trial period offered by PhaseOne. This is how CaptureOne Pro 7 looks when editing an image. As some of you have to make a similar decision sooner or later, I'll document my journey. At the end of the 60 days, I'll decide whether to shell out the €114 for the license or if I have to look somewhere else. So let's start with day 1 Import I'm not yet ready to migrate my 300GB+ library to a new software, so that'll follow at a later point. I just took a quick portrait and a quick product shot to see how it handles basic importing and editing tasks. Importing files is quick enough and it offers all options you might need, including backing up your files while importing them. But there's one thing missing. Well, it's not actually missing, but it's greyed out for seemingly no reason, and that's to delete the files automatically from the card after importing them. I'll ask Phase One why this doesn't work for me. The import dialogue offers pretty much anything you need Choosing images The second step of editing is, of course, to look through the images and choose the ones you want to edit. And you know what? There's no way to quickly flag images (at least I don't know about one). This means I can't simply mark the ones I like with 'ü', then review them and delete the flag from the ones I don't like quite that much until I have decided which images to edit. In Capture One, you'll have to do it the "Lightroom way". This means giving images you like a bit one star, then creating a smart album with all the one star images from this set, then give the photos you like more two stars and so on. That's clearly a step back. Also, cycling through the image previews, it's takes noticeably longer until an image is sharp than in Aperture, although it's not terrible. So that's already two steps back. But what about actually editing the photos? Editing Starting with the portrait, a few things became obvious. The user interface is clumsy, not very polished and can be adjusted by the user to a pretty insane degree. You can add or delete pallets, and you can add and delete functions within every panel. You can resort the palettes, and you can even pop out individual functions like a histogram and let them float anywhere on your screen so that it's always available. It's not always clear what a button does, but you learn that pretty quickly. You can let any function float anywhere on your screen. One of the biggest downsides is how local adjustments are handled. You can add brushes in the "brushes" panel, draw with them and then adjust what it does. But what it can do is extremely limited. You can add, like in every panel, add any function, but apart from a few, the functions will work globally and not locally. Why is that? That doesn't make any sense and limits the local editing capabilities extremely. So what can be adjusted locally? Only color, exposure, clarity, sharpening and moíre. This compares pretty poor to Aperture where you could just draw every single tool with a brush to fit your needs. On the upside, it allows you to stack an endless amount of brush layers and offers gradients - which was the biggest thing Aperture lacked imho. This is all you can do locally. As for the overall feel - it's not as "magical" as Aperture. There's no single keystroke shortcut to switch from 100% to 'fit the screen' magnifications - compared to Aperture, where you can do this with a simple press of the 'z'-button. Also, there's no simple way to hide the image browser to view your image as big as possible, which can be done with a simple hit of the 'v'-button in Aperture. Even more frustrating, you can't compare it to the original file, which could be done in Aperture with a simple hit of the 'm'-button. Yes, you can make make a new "version" like it's called in Capture One and then compare both, but it takes more time than in Aperture, which is bad for a function I need all the time. Once you work around all those issues though, the editing works pretty well. The functions are sorted well within the palettes, and for advanced photographers, most functions should be easily understandable. It's not even close to being as user friendly as the simple editing interface in Aperture, though. The available panels. The tool palette. I don't want to say anything about the results as I just started using the software and don't know it well enough to judge. Still, all functions seem to do what you expect without ever producing artifacts, and especially the black and white tool clearly produces more pleasing tones than the one in Aperture. I always used Silver Efex Pro anyways, but it's nice to have an integrated solution. Which brings me to my next gripe - plug-in support. Your favorite plug-ins like Nik Software's collection or OnOnes' package are probably not compatible with Capture One. There are workarounds, but they usually take so much time that it's not worth it in many occasions. One more feature which is necessary for portraits is, of course, retouching. Removing blemishes is as simple as it gets - just hit 'o' and you get a tool which removes any spot you click on. It doesn't offer any options, you can't even manually clone something. So yes, you need additional software like Photoshop for portrait editing, which is sad since even Aperture offers many options here. On the upside, the automated cloning seems to work great, much better than the automated cloning in Aperture. By the way, there are shortcuts for most tools, but they don't work always. And don't ask me why, I don't know it. This inconsistency unfortunately makes the software feel a lot less polished than it could be. Fun fact: PhaseOne themselves know that the UI severely lacks polish. Look what they answered to a comment which told them just how bad it may feel: Finally, the first before & after. As you can see, even I as a complete CaptureOne newbie was able to make something usable out of this photo. This was just a quick snapshot which I made to try CaptureOne, but I'd say even though the original was far from being usable, CaptureOne did a great job of processing it. And that in less than 10 minutes as a complete newbie. Not too bad. I'll update this thread as I continue using CaptureOne Pro 7. If you want to know something or want to see a specific edit, just comment. Also, let me know what you think.