Recently I was listening to the TWIP podcast where Alex Lindsay (a plug in developer), Fred Johnson (Lightroom product manager) and Richard Harrington (author of Aperture 2.0 Apple Pro: Training Series) were discussing the new plug-in architecture in Aperture 2.0 and how the design philosophy of Aperture is different than Lightroom. The discussion turned on some lights for me about the probability of ever having a plug-in for Lightroom that would correct barrel distortion and converging verticals:
Why should you care? Because both Lightroom and Aperture are ever so close to being the only application a beginning real estate photographer would ever need. The missing piece is that Lens distortion filter in PS and PSE. If either application had that small bit of functionality it would me the ideal real estate photography application.
After listening to the TWIP podcast I did some research into the kind of plug-ins are available for Aperture. The one that immediately caught my eye as Fisheye-Hemi by Image Trends. This plug-in already does the same sort of thing that the Lens-Distortion filter I want in Aperture or Lightroom.
I purchased a copy of Aperture 2.1 and I'm going to be following Aperture developments more closely.