I would like to switch from picasa to iphoto or aperture. However, I have heard (and googled) that, to some degree, these programs don't keep your photos as normal photo files in your drive's directory structure, but, rather, store them in an odd, specific kind of bundle. And, so for instance, if that bundle gets corrupted, the whole pile gets lost. Also, if I want to just go and grab one JPG file as a regular file, it's perhaps hard to go get it. So, (1) Am I wrong -- does either or both of those store photos in a way that is virtually the same as "regular old directories" I can dig into? (2) If your answer involves me making specific configurations in the program, are there downsides to choosing that "non-standard" configuration? (3) any quick word on the difference between iPhoto and Aperture with regards to the files directory question?
HUGE THANKS for any thoughts --