End of the Line for Apple’s Aperture Photo Software?

Apple-Aperture-3-(2)We haven’t heard much from Apple lately on its Aperture image management and editing software so it came as little surprise to learn that the company now appears to be pulling the plug on this once much ballyhooed program for pro photographers.

According to The Loop, Apple says its will no longer develop Aperture. Apple will, instead, concentrate on its new Photos app for the Mac, which was announced during the Worldwide Developer’s Conference earlier this month.

“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,” Apple said in a statement to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.”

The new Photos app will also replace Apple’s long-running iPhoto consumer photography program, according to The Loop.

Apple Aperture was launched, with much fanfare, at PhotoPlus Expo in 2005. Soon after its introduction, Aperture faced stiff competition from several other image management and editing applications including Adobe’s Lightroom, which has dominated the pro photography software market in recent years.

(Via Mac Rumors)

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6 Responses to “End of the Line for Apple’s Aperture Photo Software?”

  1. good riddance Says:

    You should have seen the lines of p*ssed and confused customers at PhotoPlus 2006.

    “There is no workflow — it’s up to you, whatever you want your workflow to be!”

    On top of that, if you call Apple right now to ask how to use their half-baked software (for example, how to double-back up referenced folders) — they charge $75 — even if you have applecare.

  2. Amit Says:

    Every artist have their own workflow!

    If you need a customer care to reply on “how to take back up” no software will ever help you!

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  4. sammyP Says:

    Good points, both. Just proves that…there are many paths to the waterfall, eh?

  5. Garrett Ewald Says:

    Still too many unknowns to this story. My multi terabyte library isn’t going to work in the cloud. Will the next is break aperture or will it keep working reasonably well? There isn’t that much more aperture needs. I hope it will keep working.

  6. Skylo Says:

    Sounds to me if the photo app just replaces iphoto with not the same capabilities as aperture.