So my transition is almost complete. I am now starting to use Aperture 1.5, even though I dabble with Adobe Lightroom beta 4 from time to time. Being in the workshop industry, it is good for me to know both of them. I was at PhotoPlus in New York last week, and I signed up with PhotoShelter. They have a plugin for Aperture that allows for the syncing between my Aperture library and their archiving and selling solution on the web.
So why is this great? I have been looking for a capture-to-output solution for a long time, and this might be the ticket. My images will be imported, culled, tagged, rated in Aperture. I will also have all of my RAW adjustments there. Then select images will be archived onto PhotoShelter for my print sales and stock customers. For print sales, I can let PhotoShelter's technology go to work for me, allowing for searches and shopping carts. Once I receive an order, all I have to do is do what I enjoy most: printing the image. On the stock photography side, they just signed up with Photoquote, which will put my stock library out on the web (instead of somebody sending me an email with an inquiry) with visible pricing, based on need.
I am very happy at the moment, because I have had a difficult time trying to mentally piece together many different technologies to solve my unique needs. iView? Photoshop? Custom web pages? Stock agency? Outsourced printing services? Not any more. Now I get to focus (literally) on what I do best and what I enjoy: photography.