Stephen Hart wrote:I'd be interested in your report.
Here are some points I'm concerned about with iPhoto:
Description field. Not useless in iPhoto 9, but asymptotically approaching useless.
I need to see a whole description field, and need to be able to do normal copy, paste, delete, etc. easily.
Find and replace in description fields across all photos would be excellent.
Search, especially advanced search. In iPhoto, I often get anomalous results from two- or three-word searches.
Any other real advantages over iPhoto.
I downloaded Aperture 3 for evaluation, and can report back on some of my own queries:
• Description field is just fine. It's in an inspector, and the field expands to show the whole caption. It's all easily editable. I don't know if there's a limit to the amount of text you can put in the field. [Later discovery: Caption is also available with the Metadata tab on the left-hand panel. Don't know why this escaped my notice before.]
• Search is superb. Aperture does multiple-word search for text perfectly, cutting down the number of photos shown as you add words. You can also search using place, date, etc. This is a killer feature for me. Even if iPhoto 12 is improved in this respect, I doubt if it'd add all the power of Aperture search. (Strangely, I don't see a way to show Place in the photo's metadata, though you can show GPS coordinates.)
• I don't see any Find and Replace within captions, and that's a pain.
For example, let's say you discover that you've misspelled Nisquallia on a bunch of images. You can search on the misspelling, but then you'd have to change each instance by hand. Maybe I can figure out a way to do F&R with a QuicKey or AppleScript.
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