Forum Question: photobooks…Aperture vs Iphoto?

Want to put a photobook together from last vacation. Could use either Aperture or Iphoto for such a project. What are the main differences between the two? Probably published at the same location, but the options must differ. Any advantage for either? thanks

Comments: 8 Responses to “photobooks…Aperture vs Iphoto?”

    6/19/11 @ 11:28 am

    Hard for me to say as I don’t use Aperture. I’m not sure what options are there. If you have both, then why not experiment and create a book in both. See what you notice about the different options for photo books.

    Ian Woodrow
    6/19/11 @ 12:14 pm

    I have both but have never used them for photo-books.

    I suggest, as above, getting the images you want finished in both applications, view each pair side by side and export you favourite of each to your final file.

    Philip from Australia
    6/19/11 @ 12:15 pm

    While I have not (yet) made up a book, from what I have found out is that Aperture gives you a lot more control over the layout. Allowing you to fine tune where you want things.

    But be aware that Aperture shares out its library (via the previews that it builds), so you can actually use Aperture for your photos, and create the book in iPhoto. So you don’t need to import the photos twice (just make sure the previews are high enough quality).

    And I think iPhoto has more templates than Aperture.

    Stephen Darlington
    6/19/11 @ 12:17 pm

    iPhoto is nice, drag and drop. Some nice templates. Great end results.

    Aperture is far more flexible. You get the templates but you have a lot more scope for customising the final book, adding or removing pictures, placement, size and content of captions, etc.

    If you already have Aperture I’d use that. If you don’t, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend upgrading just for that functionality.

    6/19/11 @ 12:17 pm

    in aperture, you can create completely custom page designs, arranging photos, text and margins to your heart’s content.

    6/19/11 @ 12:31 pm

    I use a simple rule: When in doubt, always use the more professional of the tools. That means Aperture here.

    6/19/11 @ 12:59 pm

    great responses…thank you all!

    Alec Burgdorf
    6/23/11 @ 5:09 pm

    I honestly don’t have aMac, but I say see which has more options, then which is more professional. If it’s a tie, check quality. Or, flip a coin.

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