updated 11:10 am EDT, Tue September 22, 2009
Fraction of Lightroom's audience, says Adobe
Apple's Aperture workflow software is losing significant traction with professional photographers, claims Adobe. Citing data gathered by the research firm InfoTrends, Adobe notes that in a 2009 survey, only 12.5 percent of photographers with Macs reported using Aperture for RAW files; by contrast, Adobe's Lightroom software was nearly four times as popular, at 44.4 percent. The figures represent a widening gap, as in 2007, only 26.6 percent chose Lightroom and 14.3 percent chose Aperture.
Amongst all photographers the 2009 numbers change to 37 percent for Lightroom and 6.3 percent for Aperture, a disparity explainable by the lack of a PC port of Aperture. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in is a more popular option than either, at 57.9 percent; Adobe observes that in all cases, roughly 90 percent of photographers use Photoshop for image editing. Camera Raw's popularity has gradually slid from a 66.5 percent mark in 2007, a fact likely attributable to an increase in the use of workflow software in general.