But there are a couple big problems with using Aperture now on Sierra:
1. The raw converter is provided by the OS, but Aperture is "locked" to using the raw converter from when it shipped. So even though the raw converter in OS X (er, sorry, macOS) has improved a lot in the past 3 years (it can be used in Photos), the one in Aperture has not. And raw converters have improved in the past 3+ years.
Bill, I donít think thatís true. AFAIK, Aperture has never had itís own RAW converter, itís always used what the system provided. Iím not on Sierra yet, still using El Cap, but in Aperture menu -> About Aperture it says itís using Digital Camera RAW 6.21, which dates from July 2016. And you can dig around using, for instance, the Info button in Activity Monitor, then look at Open Files and Ports and youíll see the same Camera RAW 6.21 referenced. So what are you seeing that leads you to think itís not using the latest in Sierra?
As for the rest of the discussion, Iíd like to clarify what I said at the top, for whatever it did to send us off in this direction.
1) When I see the term RAW converter, I interpret that narrowly. For instance, Raw Photo Processor and AccuRaw are RAW converters, thatís all they do. Aperture and Lightroom do convert RAW, obviously, but they also do far more than that. To refer to them as RAW converters is a misnomer, IMO, since thatís only one part of what they do.
2) So just for the record, I largely agree with Bob, in that for my purposes Aperture (still) offers the best combination of u.i., conversion, editing, keywording, cataloging, and printing, and Iím still bummed that Apple decided to drop it. But I also agree with John if you pick any one of those areas, you can find other products that will produce better results, if youíre willing to put in the time to learn how to do it. And specifically in the conversion step, to address another comment; I wish my shots always came out so beautifully lit and perfectly exposed that I didnít need noise reduction or highlight recovery. For some reason, the world refuses to cooperate.
Anyway, if thereís going to be any more discussion on this, can we please do without the personal insults?