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Did you consider doing formal training on capture one instead of banging your head against the wall solo?Believe me I tried Capture One with version 4 and it just didn't mesh with my brain. I loved the results but I abhorred the "trial and error" methods I used because of lack of familiarity and how long it took me to achieve them.
Yes I considered it but Lightroom 2 and later Aperture 3 just made sense to me right off the bat so I just removed all things Capture One from my computer. Again it's not that I don't think that it's horrible but I was not willing to make the time to learn Capture One extensively. Photography is a hobby for me and as a hobby it should be fun. Sitting in a classroom, online or otherwise, was not how I wanted to spend my free time after working 40-60 hours a week.
I feel your pain and there were a few things from Aperture that I've gotten used to that are "hidden" or moved around in Lightroom. As for the front in I have my Lightroom catalogs set up pretty much the same as they were in Aperture and even moved all of my DNG's from the M9 over. There's a few help guides/ articles I found useful if you Google "Moving from Aperture to Lightroom."i have always been a shoebox type of girl for maintaining my photos and it has finally overwhelmed me when trying to find a photo, hence i was using this as an excuse to finally sort out all my images with keywords, etc... almost everyone i know uses Aperture and was going to go that route, but the lack of Monochrom support forced me into Lightroom. still not sure i like it as a photo management system at all.
in the meanwhile, i still prefer to use the RAW processor that gives me the best image processing on any given camera. C1 was it for the Leicas, Aperture for my Ricohs, etc... i've only ever processed individual images and then took them into CS3 as i'm addicted to layers.
i would honestly be ecstatic if there was support across the line for the camera so that everyone can choose their particular preference! the camera is too good to be boxed into a corner, nor should one be forced to changed their workflows and library of years because of it (i don't have that issue, yet, but i commiserate with those that do. what a pita!)