I like using powerful tools to manage my digital photography workflow, but if I was to describe it in a few words, it would read: “it’s complicated”.
I have been an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber for a long time as I’m “old school” and have been a Photoshop user since the late nineties. I was also a diehard Apple Aperture user which – honestly – was an amazing management tool. Unfortunately (painful rant following), Apple killed that product in 2015. You can still use the last 64 bit version (yes, at least, Apple did make a full 64 bit version with October 2014’s Aperture 3.6 update release).
As long as you’re still using older hardware that can run OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or 10.14 (Mojave), you can still use that last Aperture release (albeit, you need to have already bought it previously on the Apple App Store, and it’s a bit of a pain to get and run the installer, but it can be done. Mind you, if you are a 10.15 Catalina user, you’re out of luck. It won’t work on the latest OS. A dead horse, so to speak.
I have a mid-2010 27 inch iMac that is stuck at 10.13.6 and everything runs on it (and it does not qualify for Mojave or Catalina. My early 2015 Macbook Air 7.2 can be upgraded to Catalina, but looking at Adobe’s issues with Lightoom Classic on that OS, I don’t really feel an urge to upgrade:
Adobe? Still unable to provide a fully 64 bit enabled digital workflow tool in 2020?
Oh, the humanity..