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Breaking: Apple Officially Kills Off Aperture

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The day has come. We all felt it in our bones, but today it has been confirmed by the guys in Cupertino: Apple has stopped development of Aperture, its professional-level photo organization and editing software.

This news doesn’t come as a major surprise, especially on the heels of this year’s WWDC. With a number of new photo applications and an updated platform coming to life, the official announcement is only an echo of the rumor that Aperture had one foot in a grave and the other on a banana peel.

As Apple itself told The Loop Editor-in-Chief Jim Dalrymple:

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.

Screenshot by PS3zocker showing iOS 8's prompt for editing photos.

Screenshot by PS3zocker showing iOS 8′s prompt for editing photos.

Also confirmed, is the fact that the new Photos app featured at WWDC this year will officially replace the iLife program iPhoto. Up until now, this had only been rumored.

As for Apple’s other professional-grade programs, such as Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro, there’s no need to fear. In Apple’s statement to The Loop, they were “very clear” that these programs are still in active development.

With this announcement and the confirmation that Photos for OS X will indeed replace iPhoto, Apple’s photography-related applications will now become more streamlined than ever. Photos will soon be the new standard for both iOS and OS X photo organization and processing.

And for a company that strives to live and die by the tenets of consistency and simplicity, it seems like a logical move, if a bit unpleasant for some photographers.

(via The Loop)


Update: According to Apple Insider, “Apple also said it is working with Adobe to help users transition to its Lightroom app for Mac.” As pointed out to us by Google+ commenter David Fraser, this solidifies two notions. First, this means that in due time there’s a very good chance that an Aperture-to-Lightroom plugin/app/script will come to life. Second, this also means Apple does not at all consider their Photos app to be any sort of professional replacement.


Image credits: Screenshot provided by PS3zocker and used with permission.


 
  • Ken Elliott

    With boxed software, it keeps running until an OS upgrade kills it. That’s a common experience I had with my Mac. Microsoft has a lot of problems, but by golly almost every program I own still runs. They do a fantastic job of keeping old running for decades (as long as it followed the rules – some didn’t).

    Cloud software – when they shut off the server, your software stops. Bang. No chance to export, etc. No availability to open old files.

    Don’t rent software. It’s a form of suicide.

  • app genie

    There is no money in making software. Apple is smart

  • Leif Sikorski

    I bet some people will. Just look a few years back and you’ll notice the shift that Apple is caring more and more about the consumers and leaving the pros behind. Consumer are where the mass market and the money is … not the pros.
    They kicked the matte displays because consumer like the shiny stuff. They made it harder and harder to upgrade their hardware because consumer might just buy a new one. The Mac pro got changed in a way that it’s more appealing for the home user who might care what the device on his table might look like and less about the pros who much more likely might prefer the traditional flexible and cheaper expanding options of a tower. They cut functions in their popular apps like that the average consumer might not care about.

    It’s pretty obvious that they don’t care as much about their pro users as they do about their “average” home users.

  • Ryan Villanueva

    This is distressing news. I really loved my Aperture workflow. Not the best out there but certainly one of the most easy to use and intuitive. RIP.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    this.

  • Zos Xavius

    WTF is up with your stupid orange rectangle? Did you really need to include it with your post too? I think you misspelled your last name.

  • http://500px.com/mlianopr mlianopr

    LOL……..

  • http://500px.com/mlianopr mlianopr

    Yes, leave it to the Pros… Adove… lol…

  • devtank

    Wow.
    This really sucks.
    I did eventually moved to LR only mid last year, only because Apple were dragging their heels. I wish somebody else would come along and buy the rights to it and carry it on. I thought that everything about it was better than LR, it seemed much more mature and logical to me.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    gone. done. finished. dead.

  • http://www.smartheadshots.com headshots Los Angeles

    If you were an aperture user, its much better to switch to Capture One Pro now. Much better quality than Lightroom and they aren’t going to make you pay a monthly software rental fee either.

    Really is a bummer that aperture got dumped. It was a great program.

  • http://www.smartheadshots.com headshots Los Angeles

    No, capture one pro will give you much closer color fidelity and image quality if you are used to aperture. Lightroom just doesn’t have great output

  • NickGHK

    Don’t tell Apple that! Demand it for free!

  • Robert Mark

    Too bad. Aperture had blindingly fast tethered shooting — virtually real time. Lightroom is slow by comparison. Nonetheless, Lr has had better adjustments for a few years. I’ll miss Aperture’s interface and workflow.

  • http://www.bokelicious.net Jack Zhang

    Why are you loosing? The Aperture App will not disappear from your computer. You can still have your adjustments and edits for those past photos. and you can always go back to them. Just keep the application. For new photos, please go to LR. :)

  • Jerry Suppan

    Not only mobile device, hardware in general. Apple is no longer the ‘computer company’ people once upon a time perceived the company to be. Nor are they really a software development company, otherwise they would updating and maintaining their software more extensively and frequently as Adobe does as a software company with their lineup of applications. Apple’s business model is selling you hardware. In order to continue to do so, they also, minimally, have to continue maintaining and refining …. iOS / OS-X. If not, it’d be akin to selling you a car in which you can not fill up a tank with gasoline. Useless. Being that Apple likes to make decisions on-the-fly at their whim and fancy. I am not so sure even about the future of Logic Pro nor FCP simply by a verbalized statement of commitment. They can easily go the way of the Dodo bird as other applications of theirs have already done. iDVD and iWeb just to name a couple…. Apple has become an i-Device company primarily but with a couple other goodies thrown in for good measure. Macbooks, iMacs, etc. And, I also have this feeling that MacMini will soon ‘bite the bullet’ too.

  • Jerry Suppan

    What are some of the ‘other’, bigger companies? (*J*)

  • Jerry Suppan

    Glad I never ever even started using Aperture in the first place. I sort of saw the handwriting on the wall for this a while back seeing how Apple updates and/or easily liquidates their other applications on a whim. Been with Lightroom from the beginning of using a Mac. DxO Optics Pro will be another option should Adobe start fiddling with Lightroom too much and go cloud-based only with the app as they already have with their other apps. Times are a changin’. Got to change with the dynamism of time.

  • http://tiboine.com/ Tor Ivan Boine

    “Did you set up your directory structure logically? Do you have JPGs of all your final edits?”

    yep :) and all edits are save to xmp files.

  • Niall

    That’s exactly what it feels like yeah !

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  • karmaportrait

    And then when the next OS comes out after that you’re SOL.

  • 1234567890

    was sh*t anyway….

  • SDP

    Well this is a pain as I really like using aperture for my photo editing and work load as its easy to use, I have the full program that I payed over $400 for but good to know I only got 2 years use out of it….

  • Ondrej Vranka

    well… PRO it’s not about “power”. Sure, some fields demand a lot of computing power, but the industry, which uses macs as a tool can use e.g. Adobe apps comfortable on much less powerfull machines and save a lot money thatway. I mean A LOT!!!

    If someone really needs that power – its for sure a minority of PRO users. PRO means: use it for living. I feel, this is a huge misconception among the general public: a PRO labeled product hast to be some hardware beast and costs a couple of grands at least… that is just plain nonsence.

    Sorry if i slipped of topic and trolling a little.

  • Christopher McRae

    When Apple refused to comment on the programs future once LR4 was released, I waited 5 months for even a simple program update and nada. Once I made the switch the LR I vowed never to go back. Couldn’t be happier.

  • jrconner

    No great loss, in my opinion. I found Aperture slow and hard to use. I haven’t used it for at least two years, and wish I’d never bought it.

  • mopionion

    Or Better yet, Please go to Capture One Pro 7!!!

    A much better editor than LR in my humble opinion.

  • mopionion

    If the Photos app is ANYTHING like iPhoto I wouldn’t go anywhere near it!!!

  • Shannon Wimberly

    Apple has done this sort of thing a few times to its loyal followers over the years….. been a mac since 1991…… the biggest screw job was when the OS went to X…. had to upgrade all my software at much expense….then finally upgraded hardware….. i truly believe the soul of Macintosh left the planet when Steve did.

  • Shannon Wimberly

    Apple has done this sort of thing a few times to its loyal followers over the years….. been a mac since 1991…… the biggest screw job was when the OS went to X, not that i am complaining now, it was a great change, but at the time it tripped me up some…. had to upgrade all my software at much expense….then finally upgraded hardware….. i truly believe the soul of Macintosh left the planet when Steve did.

  • http://www.weathermon.com Vin Weathermon

    It’s ok; I never did like Aperture’s database/file handling scheme anyway. Lightroom is better and more stable if you do very large libraries distributed across multiple NAS. It does have more cool consumer features than LR though.

  • http://geoffcbassett.com Geoff C. Bassett

    I was one of those switchers. The reason being is that FCP is a minimal money maker for them now. I cannot see them being competitive long term with AVID and Adobe, it’s simply not their priority.

  • http://www.timothyroper.com/ Timothy

    It’s a 60 day trial right now (and the price is $149). I’ve just started, but so far like you say, the output seems really good.

  • app genie

    Also, apple never been software company

  • http://piano.detwiler.us Tune

    Y’all make it sound like Apple never abandoned things people used and liked when Steve was around. I remember differently.

    The bigger question is why Apple entered the pro photo editing market at all. Either you are in, or you are out. Pros don’t like being forced to change platforms…they need stability so they can make money. I’d be hesitant to buy any other pro software from Apple ever again no matter how insanely great it may be. (I’m just glad I bought Aperture at the cheap price off the App store, and not full price when it was introduced!)

  • Tobias W.

    I wouldn’t know where the joke is. The Surface Pro 3 features a high resolution screen (beats Apple’s “Retina” screen in pixel density), comes with an Intel i7, 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB SSD – and is still thinner than my iPhone 4S. I’d say the joke is on Apple.
    Now, add the touch pen, which is super precise. It allows me to apply any Lightroom adjustment precise to the pixel directly on the image.
    A post-process workflow based on the Surface allows me to carry the thing around in the same bag I have my gear if I want to, without breaking my back.
    Sorry, the joke’s on Apple.
    Sure, a SP3 with an i7, 8GB RAM and 500GB SSD doesn’t come cheap at about two grand, but it’s still more competitive in comparison to what I get from Apple – when I look at all factors like portability and so on. Not to forget that I trust Adobe and Microsoft more to support professionals without dumbing down products to consumer level than I do trust Apple.

  • jdizzl

    They already basically killed off FCP with the move to FCPX. I already moved to premiere/after effects 2 years ago. I will now move to Lightroom, and away from apple altogether, as they also killed off their 17″ laptops as well as their user upgradeable desktops. So basically the only 4 products I use from them, they killed all of them off, oh wait, I used to have an xserve as well for video storage. Killed that off too. Nope, lets add 6, matte displays, I switched to a Dell Ultrasharp instead of the Apple Cinema Displays. It was a fun run, have fun being a consumer only company. I will purchase a 17″ windows laptop this black friday as my next laptop and go back to building my own desktops.

  • Tobias W.

    BTW, I just came across the Wacom Cintiq Companion, a full blown Windows 8 tablet PC very similar to the Surface Pro 3 in concept, features and price. The thing looks like a solid option for a very cool post-processing workflow too.

  • JeanLucLabarre

    Erm, Apple killed FCP 7 with *zero* notice. The fact is they did not care then and they do not care now. Matters are worse today. With Jobs gone, Apple is run by bean counters.
    My next computer *will not* be a new Mac. I’m waiting on W9. If that is not to my taste I’ll get a used Mac.
    I’m also done promoting Apple too.
    (Yes, as you can tell, I’m mad…)

  • JeanLucLabarre

    Our video man moved to Premiere.
    I, like a fool, pitched FCPX. This latest slap in the face was the last straw. Our company is moving to a larger location and our dream was to outfit the place with new Macs.
    Not any more.

  • white_canvas

    When software developers make programmes like Aperture redundant as Apple has just done. It feels like you bought a new electric car, only to discover you can no longer purchase the energy anywhere. Perhaps software developers should provide a guarantee to support the software for a number of years, rather than leaving us high a dry when the company loses interest or has a change in direction.

  • Francisco

    It’s a bad move by Apple.
    1. By my experience the iCloud syncronization doesn’t work very well. Not all photos are syncronized between iPhone and iMac (Aperture)
    2. The data limits (at least in Portugal) are extremely low. Even without heavy data transfer like photos, is easy to exceed the allowed 600 Mb or 1 Gb in monthly data plans.
    3. What to do with a photo library with 125 Gb?

  • Steve

    Pretty much the same feeling at this end. When Ive leaves Apple will sink into the GM/Sony mold.

  • Steve

    Well, it’s the same company, minus new products, class, anticipation and excitement… but everything else is the same unfortunately (unless you shelled out for a MacPro).

  • Steve

    Same as my list… but I would also add iWeb and .Mac services.

  • Behinder

    Simply you will not upgrading to next OS. I am still stuck for my daily work on Snow Leopard. If something works you do not change it for using latest “cutting-edge” software.

  • Tim Tian

    Very, very, incredibly mad at apple. Definitely way madder than that MBP article.