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New ‘Aperture Exporter’ Utility Looks To Make Transition To Lightroom Painless

By Anthony Thurston on July 17th 2014

When the news came down that Apple would be discontinuing its Aperture photo processing software, many users were left wondering how they would transfer all of their data over to essentially the only option left in the game, Adobe’s Lightroom.


Neither Apple nor Adobe – at this point – have released any sort of tool to help with the transfer process, and so users have had to do all of the transferring by hand. That inspired software developer Adrian Grah to develop Aperture Exporter, an app he hopes will be able to make the transfer process quick and painless.

Currently on its third beta, Aperture Exporter does exactly what the name implies. It takes your data from Aperture, and exports it into an Adobe Lightroom format. It is not perfect, as the only way to get your adjustments from Aperture to Lightroom is to export “baked” jpeg versions, meaning tweaking those adjustments in Lightroom will not be possible.


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But the more important things, like metadata, and how you categorize your images can be easily transferred. If you are are currently using Aperture, and would like to make the switch to Lightroom, this is an app that you should look into.

You can download the free beta over on Grah’s website, here. Just remember that being a beta means that there are bound to be issues and the process may not work flawlessly for you. That said, why not give it a shot, it will likely make the process much easier for you to handle than by doing it 100% by hand.


What are your thoughts on this? Should Apple or Adobe setup up and release some sort of official app or process for making the switch from Aperture to Lightroom easier? Leave a comment below.


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Wendell Fernandes

    Never found the use for Aperture!

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  2. Peter Hartland

    Unfortunately there are loads of people who are not computer literate, I know many, great photographers, but take them out of PS or their favourite software & they panic. This will be useful to a number I know.

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  3. Greg Faulkner

    I’m glad I didn’t bother with aperture when I switched to mac a few years ago, I just couldn’t get on with it at all. It’ll be interesting to see what apple do with the new photos app when it’s released

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    • Dave Lyons

      I wish apple would buy adobe and fix the apps so they would run right and wouldn’t be the memory hogging/memory leaking/constantly crashing calamity that they are. Aperture is good too but i use lightroom more though because of the presets but Aperture doesnt hog every ounce of memory available like lightroom and photoshop do

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  4. Dave Lyons

    what exactly do people have problems with? it’s not rocket science… on OS X right-click on choose “show package contents” and grab the “masters” folder copy it somewhere then import into lightroom

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