Apple to retire Aperture development in favor of Photos

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Apple announced a new Photos app for Mac at WWDC, which is set to bump out the existing Aperture editor, according to a recent statement from Apple. iPhoto will also be replaced, but development for Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro will continue. Apple provided the follow quote to The Loop:

With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.

Check out the rest of Dalrymple's report for all the details and then come back and let me know – How many of you use Aperture regularly, and how optimistic are you Photos will fit your workflow?

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Apple to retire Aperture development in favor of Photos


Oh boy. There's a large gulf between the interface and photo management between iPhoto and Aperture.

What I saw of Photos at the keynote it's much closer to iPhoto.

Perhaps it'll be another FinalCut situation where the pro features started making their way back.

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Yep. Aperture is my photo app, but as the tide rolls... Ya just gotta roll with it.

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"Oh Boy" for me too. Agree with abaron12. As a professional who uses Aperture, I'll have to "wait and see" what Photos offers. If it's too basic to begin with, might have to muddle along with Aperture or possible move to Adobe products for my needs.

If anything it's the money I spent for a "pro app"from Apple to do my work that I'm frustrated the most about. I bounce so much between Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop that in the end as long as I still get some kind of support for Aperture I don't feel the money will be wasted.

I wonder if the new Photo App will have APIs, rather like the new Camera app, to allow professionals to add third-party features that would surpass both Aperture and Lightroom.

Can't wait to discontinue the muddle of having both Aperture and iPhoto, and replace both of them with a unified app.

Bad news to those who care for a professional photo app. Without Aperture, Adobe will be able to price Lightroom as high as they want.

I wonder if this new Photos app will work only with Apple's iCloud or will be able to use files in a hard disk or in a less costly cloud service.

Hope it's not like the existing iPhoto which needs cranking up, kicking and kind words before it finally splutters into life (on a good day!).

I'm a new DSLR shooter and I was really close to buying Aperture. Looks like I'll be going to Lightroom.

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Aperture is my go to photo organizational / editing program. I am perturbed by the decision to stop developing for it. I guess i'll just have to get used to lightroom.

This is a depressing announcement. I was really hoping that Apple would showcase a significant Lightroom competitor this fall by updating Aperture. Lightroom is a great product, but not beyond improving. I just hope that this is not a sign of FCPX and Logic's future....iMovie and Garage Band. Apple doesn't appear to show much interest in offering serious, pro-software if Aperture, Pages and Numbers are any indication. Granted, these are likely not cash cows like the hardware and media products are, but such ancillary, pro products do enhance the ecosystem as a whole. I feel this damages Apple's gestalt when they take actions that appear to alienate the pro users.