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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.

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Adobe blogs Aperture

John Nack of Adobe posted yesterday about Aperture :

As Apple is the first to say, Aperture is not designed to be a Photoshop competitor... if you're looking to do something as simple as make a selection and sharpen someone's eyes, you're out of luck.

...however, I'd be blowing smoke not to acknowledge that Aperture does compete with Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw. The capabilities of Photoshop (of which Bridge and ACR are a part) are vast, so there's bound to be some overlap, and Aperture joins a long list of products (Capture One, RawShooter Essentials, Nikon Capture, Canon Digital Photo Pro, etc.) that also offer raw browsing and editing. Bridge and ACR aim to provide the best possible workflow in conjunction with Photoshop, but you're free to mix and match.

The whole post is worth reading. I've seen a remarkable amount of confusion and wishful thinking about what Aperture is and isn't. Nack understandably doesn't spend a lot of time extolling Aperture's virtues over Photoshop, but what he does say is clear and to the point.

Monday, October 24th, 2005
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Comment from John Nack , later that day

Thanks, Paul--glad to hear the info was useful. I too have heard a lot of discussions & thought I'd try to shed some light.

J.

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