Today is another sad day, because Apple announced that it will no longer continue development of its Aperture software, which many photographers still rely on for their day to day photo management and editing. Too bad, because this basically gives Adobe monopoly with its Lightroom software. Yes, there are some other tools on the market such as ACDSee Pro, Phase One Capture One Pro and a few others, but none of them come to close to what Lightroom offers in terms of features, photo catalog management and up to date RAW file support. Aperture has not seen any major updates since October of 2013 and has not received support for the latest cameras that were announced this year, with only a small minor updates. Many of us saw this coming, but none were expecting the death of Aperture so soon.
Apparently, Apple is planning to combine Photos app and iCloud Photo Library and allow existing Aperture users to migrate their catalogs to the Photos app. Similar to Aperture, iPhoto will also be discontinued. The Photos app will allow photographers to perform searching, storing and editing of images, but the advanced RAW editing functionality and support for the most recent cameras most likely will not be there.
If you are still using Aperture to post-process your images, you might want to consider moving to another platform like Lightroom, as you will no longer receive any software updates. In fact, apparently Apple is currently working with Adobe to create a transitionary workflow to help users to move to Lightroom. Although there is a cloud version of Lightroom in Adobe’s latest offering that combines Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 per month, you can buy a retail box version of Lightroom for $135.89 from B&H Photo Video. If you are intimidated by the cloud offering, Adobe said that they have no plans to move Lightroom to the cloud in the future.