There’s an article on Rob Galbraith’s that has more information about Aperture. Some key points:
- Aperture’s RAW converter is based on the Mac OS X RAW converter (see iPhoto)
- Aperture’s Library is really a Mac OS X Package
- One Aperture Library at a time
- Aperture is designed for a single user
- The Library cannot span multiple hard drives
- Files that you “import” into the Library are copied to the Library package
- Exporting a RAW image does not export metadata
My image collection is currently at 313GB on a 1TB NAS box running RAID 5. That’s a limitation that I hope will get worked around in the future. I figured that Aperture would let you store your original images wherever you wanted, instead of placing them into a duplicate and separate location, ala iPhoto.
Aperture is a 1.0 product, and some of these points make it very clear. I’m sure that they’re iron them out in a year and a half when Aperture 2.0 is released. Until then, it’s up to the early adopters to suffer the growing pains of being on the leading edge.
Update: PDN has another good article on Aperture.