Apple has sent out an email reminder to Aperture owners, reminding them that Aperture will no longer be available for purchase starting this spring after it’s replaced by the new Photos for OS X app. Aperture users can migrate their libraries to the new Photos app, which is now available for anyone to try through the OS X Beta program.
Here’s the email that was sent out, as shared by Apple Insider:
Dear Aperture customer,
Last June, we introduced the new Photos apps for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, along with iCloud Photo Library, which lets you safely store all your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere.
When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app.
You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified library, so any changes made after the migration will not be shared between the apps.
We thank you for using Aperture and hope you will enjoy the new Photos for OS X app.
If you’re unsure of what software you’d like to migrate your Aperture library to — Adobe is welcoming refugees to Lightroom as well — you can now try out the new Photos for OS X app without being a developer. In case you haven’t heard, the existing iPhoto app will be replaced by Photos as well.
The OS X 10.10.3 Public Beta contains the new Photos app and can be downloaded through Apple’s OS X Beta Program.