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The End of Aperture
June 28, 2014 - Dave Hecei
Apple has announced that it has stopped any further development of their advanced photo editing and cataloging app Aperture. This is a bit of a shock for some, but with the lack of any recent updates to the app, many users and tech pundits have been vocal about Apple's abandonment of the product. This makes it official.
When Apple introduced Aperture back in 2005, it quickly became popular with the pro and semi-pro photographers using the Mac platform. Adobe create a similar app called Lightroom back in 2007. Over the years, Apple released a few updates to their 'pro' app, but Adobe took Lightroom much further in the same amount of time, eventually surpassing Aperture in power and features.
From what Apple announced during this years WWDC keynote, both iPhoto and Aperture are end-of-life. Apple is working on a new app called just Photos that will be part of the next OS X, named Yosemite, and the next mobile OS, iOS 8. While showing off this new app during the keynote, the new Photos app looks like a nice improvement to iPhoto, I doubt that most users of the current version of Aperture will be very impressed. But then, many Final Cut Studio users were not impressed when Apple recreated their flagship video editing package into Final Cut Pro X. That version 1.0 was not what Final Cut Pro users were looking for a the time. Today's FCPX is very much a 'Pro' level editor so it is possible that Apple just needs some time to get Photos up to 'Pro' status.
The only problem is that in the meantime, Aperture users can just keep on stumbling along with their current version, which is 3.5. Some may see this as the perfect excuse to head on over to the Adobe camp and try out Lightroom. This makes even more sense for anyone who also owns Adobe Photoshop (anything over version 6). Lightroom does have amazing tools built in, but then for the more serious work there's nothing like Photoshop.
For those who are interested in Lightroom and also don't own Photoshop yet, or maybe are using Photoshop Elements, Adobe has their Creative Cloud Photo package. Creative Cloud is Adobe's subscription based software package. You can subscribe to the whole Master Suite for $49 a month. A better deal for those who just want to deal with digital photos is Photoshop and Lightroom CC. You get both apps for only $9.99 a month. It also appears that Adobe is making this special pricing permanent.
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