Started using Aperture in early 2006 and made it work for about three years before jumping over to Lightroom 2 & 3. Now I'm back again… and I tell ya, it just feels right. First off, I do realize what I'm giving up by coming back: Losing the post-crop vignette from Lightroom; lens correction; selective *exposure* adjustments; kick-butt noise reduction… I know there are some work-arounds and different ways of getting things accomplished in Aperture. But then there are definite gains as well: Aperture's quick & harmonious interface; mac-wide integration; better video & audio support; built-in books… Also, I don't know why more people don't acknowledge this, but moving around Aperture's interface and scrolling through images is much much faster than Lightroom. Lightroom was always re-building previews, stuttering when scrolling, and it got very slow when applying more than a few adjustments. Keyboard shortcuts changed from module to module in Lightroom, the interface was claustrophobic… I could never really get to the point where I liked working in the program. Lightroom is the better editor - yes. But Aperture is just plain nicer. Just a better experience. I know most pros are using Lightroom but Aperture has that intangible something that just feels right.
So I just wanted to pop in and say hi. And that the grass isn't necessarily greener over on the other side.