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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It 214

mpicpp (3454017) writes Apple told news website The Loop that it has decided to abandon Aperture, its professional photo-editing software application. "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, which will debut with OS X Yosemite when it launches this fall, will also replace iPhoto. It promises to be more intuitive and user friendly, but as such, likely not as full featured as what Aperture currently offers.
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

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  • by chrysalis ( 50680 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @04:03AM (#47343677) Homepage

    Good news for people who spent money on plugins for Aperture.

    Having to buy Imagenomic's plugins again for Lightroom makes me super happy. Not.

  • by CaptainOfSpray ( 1229754 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @04:12AM (#47343693)
    "to safely store all of your photos in iCloud" Rated +5, Funny. I don't mean any specific criticism of iCloud, but ...for God's sake...the idea that anything at all is "safe" in the hilariously wrong.
  • by jovius ( 974690 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @04:30AM (#47343723)

    Well, Aperture doesn't stop functioning in an instant and plugins can still be developed for it. Plugin production will continue for some time because of the user base.

  • by BlackPignouf ( 1017012 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @04:43AM (#47343733)

    What about RAW support for new cameras?
    Every Aperture user will have to change after X months.
    I'm lucky to be a Lightroom user, but I'd be really pissed if I had to change the software I use and love every day since 2007.
    It would be like having to learn and use Emacs after 10 years of vim.

  • It is a trend (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 29, 2014 @07:03AM (#47343933)

    There is a trend in Apple about going mass market and streamlining software, and in their minds this means removing features for the sake of being 'family friendly'. This is happening at all levels from the OS itself (remember spaces?) to any Apple-brand apps (Final Cut, Aperture, iWorks). In some cases Apple will simply discontinue their software overnight and leave their users in the dust, but in other cases it is actually worse. The Pages desktop word processor was discontinued and substituted with a port of the iPhone version, which doesn't support any of the advanced features, with the whole operation was masqueraded as an 'upgrade'. The new app actively destroyed user documents it didn't understand (most of them), overwriting them by default (no 'save' operation required, simply opening a document would destroy it, keep in mind 'save' is regarded as an advanced operation now).

    You would expect a big corporation to be slow, clumsy but conservative and safe, with extremely long lines of support for their products. As you may remember, 'nobody gets fired for choosing IBM'. Well, Apple is slow and clumsy, but unpredictable and extremely unsafe. Betting your business in any kind of Apple hardware or software is an extremely stupid move. You should, and will be fired for choosing Apple.

  • Sheer insanity (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rick Zeman ( 15628 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @08:51AM (#47344117)

    "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"

    I'm going to have my 70GB Aperture library in the cloud? I'm going to replicate a RAW workflow in the cloud? I've NEVER had a desire to access that on my iPhone, nor can I imagine anyone did. If one had the desire to export to iCloud they could; no one was forced to. There's got to be something else going on here that we're not privy to, but based on what I've heard they'd be better off selling the product to Nik/Google than letting it die (and trust me, that was hard to type).

  • by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Sunday June 29, 2014 @08:58AM (#47344139) Homepage Journal

    Anyone who chose Aperture over Lightroom or any of the other competition (DxO, CaptureOne) deserves to learn a bit of a hard lesson for making a poor choice.

    Apple has a long and hallowed history of terminating products without warning in favor of inadequate replacements, or even no replacements at all — Hypercard, anyone? Anyone who chose Apple over any of the other competition (not for the OS itself, although they've certainly played fast and loose with backwards compatibility at times, at other times they've had it spot-on) deserves to learn a bit of a hard lesson for ignoring history.

  • by Henriok ( 6762 ) on Sunday June 29, 2014 @09:07AM (#47344173)
    Apple is not responsible for data you own. They have zero obligation to keep your version in the App Store after you purchased it. You have to keep backup of your own data. The version you bought will keep working on contemporary hardware and operating system indefinitely and Apple can't and won't change that. That's in stark contrast to the subscription models that Adobe and Microsoft are pushing at the moment. When you stop paying, the software will stop to work.

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.