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Free Aperture to Lightroom Migration Tool is in Open Beta



The announcement that Apple is discontinuing Aperture has left many users wondering how they’re supposed to properly transfer their soon-to-be irrelevant file structure over to Adobe’s Lightroom.

Neither Adobe nor Apple have yet released an official means to do so (at least not yet), and so software developer Adrian Grah took it into his own hands and created Aperture Exporter: a free utility that automates the process of moving from Aperture to Lightroom 5.

Currently in its third beta, the program is by no means a final product, but it is a work in progress that provides at least one option for those wanting to make the swap sooner than later.

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Grah’s goal was to keep the program as simple as possible, so the settings are few. The settings that do exist are there so you can control the most vital variables when you export your library.

For a walkthrough of how the program works and some tips for ensuring your transition goes as smoothly as possible, head on over to CT Digital Photography. If, on the other hand, you’re ready to give the beta a try, you can head on over to Aperture Exporter’s website for a free download.

Grah only asks that those using the free program provide feedback so he can continue to improve it as the software moves into later beta stages. A “thank you” would probably be appreciated as well.

(via CT Digital Photography)