Believe it or not, there were a couple things I forgot to mention in that last post. The big one is that Apple has released Aperture 2, which takes direct aim at many of the deficiencies I ran into in earlier versions, especially speed. Aperture and Lightroom are very similar in many ways and if you’re on a Mac, you should look at both before deciding. There are free trial versions of each.
The other thing I didn’t mention about Aperture (and iPhoto, for that matter) is Apple’s excellent printing service. Aperture and iPhoto can send photos directly to Apple to be printed and can create really gorgeous books, calendars, and cards. Lightroom has nothing to compare.