There is no doubt about it, I really like the way Aperture processes files. I find its ability to interpret the colour gamut of my images far better than Lightroom. However Lightroom is a much better all round program for keywording, correcting perspective etc. As a result I have converted a large number of my images to .dng format, which leaves me with a problem of how to see them in Aperture because (despite what it says) it does not read my .dng files. they simply are not visible in the browser. So what is the solution?
I am now shooting raw+jpeg so that I can now edit the raw files in Aperture if I want, and can make my selection there. I am also converting a limited number of my .dng files to .jpg or even .tiff simply so that they will appear in my Aperture browser and allow me to work on them. In all honestly I probably should not have gone down the .dng route to start with as it has without doubt left me with problems – but hindsight is a wonderful thing!
I am guilty of trying to make life too simple and, to an extent, settling for a easier life by trying to do everything in Lightroom. This has meant that my images are maybe 95% the best they can be, but I should maybe be aiming for 100% by using other programs more frequently. I will see how this new idea for a workflow develops. I am fickle when it comes to programs, and I may go back to working with Lightroom virtually 100% but we shall see as time progresses.