Many years ago, when I was still new to digital photography, I started using Apple's software Aperture to manage my digital asset library. I've continued using Aperture, even after Apple announced that they were discontinuing it. For a little while, I refused to believe that they were ceasing support considering how much progress they had made with analogous products like Final Cut but it's truly over.
I ended up finding out it was fully over the hard way. There's no RAW support for my new camera (the Canon 77D) and so now I'm stuck. My options are to wait for RAW support (that will likely never come) or to explore other pieces of software I can use to capture and work on my RAW files. The most used option by folks I know is Adobe's Lightroom software. So, though I'm not a huge fan of the Creative Cloud, I decided to go for it.
First step was downloading the software and installing it, which went smoothly enough. Then, I decided it would be a good idea to transfer my Aperture library (we are talking several years' worth of data) to Lightroom. That took forever! I don't recommend doing this until you decide this is the product you want to stick to.
So, once, I had everything in there, I decided to import some new photos and begin to work on them. This is where everything went terribly, terribly wrong. I couldn't do any photo manipulation in full screen mode. On a 13" laptop, to say that was annoying is a huge understatement. So, I did the best I could and started to deal with it.
However, I then started to find more glaring UX issues that it felt Adobe had put in my path simply to mess with me.
My typical workflow is to edit the images and then run through and update metadata (tags, location data, etcetera). Again, I came across a major problem. Lightroom does not make editing metadata easy and you need to download plugins that do some of what you expect the tool itself to do. For me, this was a major (read: friggin' HUGE) deal breaker. I'm now an iStock/Getty Images contributor and I rely on the metadata in my images to help me find images to submit. Without accurate metadata, it would be impossible for me to sift through my catalog of images to find the right images to use.
When I discovered this oversight (which Aperture makes so so easy! *one tear*), I decided it was time to sever ties. And so, in a hasty late night decision, I cancelled Creative Cloud (per Instagram post above).
Some of you might be wondering what I'm going to do now?
The next step is to try Capture One Pro which is definitely more fully featured for managing digital assets and may have better RAW handling according to accounts I've been reading. So far, I've really enjoyed using CaptureOne as it has more of the functionality I knew (and loved) from Aperture. Unfortunately, there is still no RAW support yet for my new camera in CaptureOne, but I have faith they will eventually add it. Every camera I've ever purchased was not new to market when I purchased it so I never needed to wait for RAW support before; this is the thanks I get for being an early adopter!