First of all, I don't feel the need to respond to any other reviewer. What I'm doing here is presenting my experiences with Aperture. I've been working with it diligently preparing for a Power Tools workshop at Macworld SF.
To tell you the truth, the more I use Aperture, the better I like it. I particularly like the way it handles versioning. Data is never tossed, even when you crop. Yet, you only have one photo file, and everything is XML.
My personal feeling is that many reviewers have rushed their verdicts in order to get out early reviews. This is why I'm blogging in stages rather than writing up a full review now. It takes time and real world experience to really learn apps such as Aperture.