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Aperture is Dead | Apple Ceases Development For Its Pro Photo App

By Kishore Sawh on June 27th 2014


Even if you’re not an Apple ‘fanboy’ as non-Apple folk tend to say, there’s still a chance you watch or keep up-to-date with what’s announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). After all, Apple’s a tenuous financial force and industry innovation dictator whose movements will affect you whether you like it or not. One of the sneak peeks we were afforded at the live WWDC this year was of Apple’s new re-vamped iCloud. With a huge emphasis on this integration into iOS and photos, Apple made it a point to mention,

Good News. We are working on a new grounds-up photo solution for the Mac built with iCloud in Mind. – Craig Federighi

Shipping early next year along with the new OS X Yosemite, it’s simply called, ‘Photos.’ It’s certainly not geared towards professional photographers, but is a bit more than iPhoto as it stands now. The big news though, is that its professional level photo editor, Aperture, is dead.

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For some time now, Apple has been losing the battle to other photo applications, namely Lightroom, and seems to have conceded that Adobe’s software is the clear choice for those who want more than adding filters in iPhoto. All Aperture development will now cease. Even though it is still offered for purchase on Apple’s site.

The new ‘Photos’ app will see that Aperture users have the ability to sync their libraries over to it, and allegedly is working with Adobe to facilitate moving from Aperture to Lightroom. For those using the Pro software offering from Apple, such as Final Cut Pro, and Logic, those systems will continue to be nourished and developed.


Finally. That was my initial reaction. It’s STILL my reaction. Aperture had its merits, but for anyone who switched to Lightroom, you just had this overwhelming sense that you’d just transitioned into a much more focused and capable environment, really meant for photographers by people who either were, or understood us. Part of me is surprised that Aperture even lasted as long as it did, and I will not miss it in the least. Long live Lightroom.

Source:  TheLoop,

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. David De Fotograaf

    I bought the very first version, and I got had a sense of “danger” after using it for awhile. Not so much about the program itself, but everything around it. I never used or updated it again and let it laying around in my shelf of cd-roms, hoping maybe I would get back to it one day because no other program could satisfy me.
    And then I found Lightroom…
    Of course, there is still something to be said about Adobe LR to. It does have it’s merits as other people have commented here. Still, it have me a much more “I can work with this” feeling then Aperture ever did.

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  2. Eric Deschamps

    Happy I decided to invest in LR a while back. RIP Aperture.

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  3. Maninder Singh

    Will OX Yosemite be compatible to Lightroom 4 and if so will they remove the bug in Maverick which does not show the colour gradient on the slider scales. To solve the issue one is expected to upgrade to Lightroom 5 and pay to get rid of the bug ! Apple and Adobe hand in hand ?

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  4. Matt Walsh

    I completely agree that Apple needs to do this but this practice of building up software and abandoning or dumbing pro apps down to consumer level is awful. Aperture for me was great and I really enjoyed it until they stopped updating, plus the fact that they were miles ahead of Adobe feature wise for a $100 piece of software(I’m glad to see Adobe has wised up their pricing structure it was a bit out of reach for awhile). While Lightroom was great, it really didn’t have the speed or stability to make me want to switch until LR4. I was secretly hoping that apple was taking all of this to launch something quite exciting but I guess not. This will be added to the long list of software they’ve bastardized, shake, FCP, Aperture, Logic, it really disappoints me.

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  5. Christopher Rankin

    I’m good with Lightroom. I know that there are some dedicated Aperture users out there so I feel for them.

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  6. Kim Farrelly

    I remember when Lr was a big messy, scary app to use with too many options and settings that really confused me. Apples Aperture seemed so simple to use in comparison, probably as iPhoto was on my mac already. However Canon was nice enough to give Lr way free with some of its cameras & I’d play with it on and off. Over time it was more on then off, thanks in part to you guys I have to say, I won’t miss Aperture but it was a great mid point for me in learning to develop images & I’d be interested to see what Apple offers next. With Lr and Ps talking so nice to each other now Adobe have a good system going. now if Adobe would just squeeze more system efficiency out of Lr….

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  7. Fandy M Saputra

    i hope they will make this software free

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  8. Jeff Lopez

    This new software combined with the “it just works” mentality of iCloud, could be a photographers dream. We’ll see what Apple can come up with and hopefully it can be a serious and professional tool for photographers.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Jeff, if you go back and watch the WWDC conference I think you’ll find that all the hints are pointing to Apple remaining basic in the photo editing software. There was no suggestion of a professional grade tool. Sadly.

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    • Jeff Lopez

      Yeah unfortunately I remember that part. I was hoping since they decided to ditch Aperture, that maybe their plans would change? Wishful thinking I guess ;)

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  9. Servando Miramontes

    Oh no!….. said no one, ever….

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  10. Dave Lyons

    while I love lightroom and photoshop (also own aperture) the thing I hate about adobe’s products is that their apps are built like crap… all of them…. memory leaks/hogs, constant crashes, system hogs, needing to connect to adobe 4000x times a day, terrible support (a frigging understatement). Looking thru my crash logs 99% of crashes are adobe products.

    Personally I don’t see why you’re complaining about them still selling Aperture, there could be people who still want it as I’m sure it will still work for years to come. maybe should cut price or give it away but it’s a pretty decent program that doesn’t kick your system in the nuts every time you open it like lightroom does.

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    • Sam Figueroa

      Them giving it away for free sounds like a good idea. It will give e.g. students an easy in into post-processing.

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    • Dave Lyons

      They actually did give it away already. I read a clip on it & apparently if you had the trial version installed and upgraded to Mavericks the first day it automatically licenced aperture for you.

      I remember a few years back they said they were working on a new photoshop competitor app so who knows…

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  11. David Hall

    More competition is needed… not less. I love Lightroom and use it, along with Photoshop, almost exclusively. But, I want to see a competitor to LR grow and stay strong. It will hold down the cost of LR and make it an even better product as long as there’s some other software package competing with it.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      This I agree with entirely

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    • Stan Rogers

      On the Mac, at least, you’ve got Hasselblad’s Phocus (for free, mind) for as long as OS X includes the RAW codecs. Sure, the Hassy utilities might be kind of useless for your Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax/Fuji, but the full-blown RAW editor will work just fine. (Asset management, though, could use some help.)

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    • fotosiamo

      Capture One is awesome and renders better skin tone than Lightroom. I now use a lot more Capture One than Lightroom.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I really hope that Capture One becomes more widespread, and maybe one or two others. Photomechanic is dominating for actual culling and stuff, Adobe can’t seem to understand that we’d LIKE to be able to cull our photos at blazing speeds only possible with JPG previews.

      (If you select “Sidecar” for Lightroom previews, it shows the in-camera processing for a while, but goes to the yucky, slow Lightroom preview if you try to zoom in to 100%. Photomechanic is 100% previews, even at 100% zoom)

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  12. Pye

    It’s funny how long a company will wait to finally announce that they are done with updating their software. In the meanwhile, people continue to purchase Aperture because they don’t realize it is a dead product when in reality it hasn’t been updated in years, and will never be updated again. Pretty frustrating business practice.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      No arguments from the peanut gallery on that one Pye. ‘Frustrating’ is a nice way to put it. It’s good that they are working on a transitional workflow for other programs such as Lightroom, but It’ll be interesting to see, as this will likely make headlines for the next few days, how long they continue to offer it for purchase.

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    • Martin Kimpel

      Since I am of the same opinion as PYE!

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    • Dave Kai Piper

      agreed !!

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