Hey everybody. I don't know if anyone here is like me, but I have a few hundred film scans floating around 3 hard drives, and I can never find where they are, or determine if they have all been backed up without some serious digging. I was playing around with the Aperture and Lightroom demos recently to see which would be better for my soon-to-begin digital workflow, and I wondered how they would manage my film scans. I tried Lightroom, and it balked at a 500MB 8x10 scan. Goodbye Lightroom. Aperture, however, happily gobbled all my scans. I quickly spotted duplicates, and erased them. I then exported the Aperture LF scan folder to 2 separate locations. The scans are now catalogued in Aperture, their whereabouts known, and any changes I make is noted in Aperture.
The fun thing, though, is that Aperture treats these huge scans just like any other digital camera file. For example, I can pull up a scan in full-screen mode and adjust it using Aperture's tools. I can also export the file into Photoshop and adjust it there. When I save it, Aperture places the adjusted file next to the original as a 'stack'. I can then have multiple versions of the file that I can compare, all the while, of course, the original file remains intact. Yeah, all right, I sound like an Apple commercial. But anyway, I just thought you would like to know.