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Apple Kills Aperture Development

If you watched Apple's 2014 WWDC presentation then you probably saw this one coming. Apple is ending development of Aperture and iPhoto for OS X. The new app Photos is scheduled to replace the professional and consumer apps. From Jim Dalrymple of The Loop:

Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture.

“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,” said Apple in a statement provided 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.”

You can add this to the growing line of professional apps that Apple has killed off without warning for users - Shake, Final Cut Server, Final Cut Pro 7, DVD Studio Pro, etc. It's one of the reasons that I am not a skeptical Apple software users. Any Apple software I use I do so with the intent of not marrying myself to it because inevitably Apple will pull the rug out from under you.

At least this time it appears that Apple will give users a way to migrate their libraries from Aperture to the new Photos app. Something I wish would've been allowed when FCP X was released in 2011.

This is also a great time to add, if you're not a Lightroom CC user there's no better time to join up!