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I got a new macbook pro and I have my PC. I am wondering, between the two, should I use Aperture 2 on the mac or Photoshop CS3 or CS4 on the PC?

Here is my PC rig(pretty sure it is powerful enough) but just in case.
E6600
MSI P43
2x2gb OCZ DDR2 800
250gb and 750gb SATA II HDD's
8800GTS 320mb
Viewsonic VA1912wb 19" 1440x900 LCD screen (Like 3-4 years old now)

Otherwise here are the MBP specs
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz (P8400 I think)
250gb SATA II HDD
Nvidia 9400m GS + 9600m GT 256mb
2gb DDR3 1066 ram
15.4" 1440x900 Glossy LED Screen

So which screen would look nicer doing the photo editing?
I wanna do HDR photos and I know Aperture 2 has built in support for .RAW files and I dunno if CS3 or CS4 has that. I also know that the D60 and XS are both supported by Aperture 2 for the .RAW files, so compatibility wouldn't be a problem.
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I've never used Aperture, but judging from the reviews it appears to be very capable software. However I would say get Photoshop for your desktop since you have more memory, which Photoshop takes a huge chunk of.

Also, PS CS3/4 are pretty pricey and overkill for most people's needs - consider Lightroom or Elements, both are cheaper and very capable. And if you use Elements or CS3/4, you just have do download Adobe Camera Raw for full RAW editing (free if you own Photoshop/Elements to begin with).
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I prefer Lightroom 2 and Aperture 2. Both are good but I use Lightroom 2 a little more. Also for HDR I use Photomatix.
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I prefer Lightroom 2 and Aperture 2. Both are good but I use Lightroom 2 a little more. Also for HDR I use Photomatix.
Yes, Photomatix is very good (most of the time).
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post #5 of 8
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Well I own CS3 and CS4 because my dad uses them for work. However, I can get Aperture for really cheap through my brother, so I will get both and then learn how to use Aperture as I already know some basic photoshop.
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Using apps like Aperture and Lightroom is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay easier than Photoshop.
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Hmm ok well I should start reading up on Aperture than.
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post #8 of 8
Lightroom is an amazing app that it powerful, yet easy to use. It also meshes very well with photoshop CS3.
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