With the new Photos in macOS High Sierra, Apple
- restored some of the former iPhoto/Aperture functionality (always-on sidebar, improved auto-organization [into moments, still no user-defined events structure], new editing tools, revamped filters, improved third-party integration, batch favorite and rotate)
- and even added some new functionality (people sync over iCloud, over a dozen memory categories).
I've been stubbornly sticking to Aperture up until this point, mostly due to Photos poor selection of built-in editing tools, lack of batch editing (still true except for rotating as far as I know), cumbersome GPS tagging and its monolithic file structure (i.e. no referenced files in user-defined folder structure).
However, I noticed that Aperture is starting to fall behind in terms of performance, face recognition accuracy (and stability? Not a lot of experience with Photos.). Besides, the UI is beginning to feel a little... shall we say vintage?
That is what lead to rethink my position on sticking with Aperture. I'm currently considering moving all my files into Photos and just taking the hit in batch processing, file handling and editing capabilities. Before I make the move for good, however, I'd like to know if anyone has been in a similar situation and took a different path. If so for what reasons? What other software is there that can hold out as a standalone photo library and editing app?