Apple To Stop Development of Aperture
Apple to stop development of Aperture. Today the Loop has announced they were told that Apple is discontinuing the development of Aperture. This is the statement as it’s listed on the Loop website. “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.”
Well, I guess I was seriously wrong. Lots of eating crow ahead of me but then you can’t fault my positive attitude. That said it’s such a huge disappointment since Aperture was the only real, affordable option for serious Digital Asset Management. At least they have finally come clean and we can move on. Hopefully some of the other players will now have a new lease on life other than Adobe. I’ve never been a fan of Adobe and now we have almost no other options. There are a couple but not many. Another Mac website I regularly visit 9to5Mac states, “Apple is working with Adobe to offer an upgrade path to Lightroom”.
Wow, I am stunned, disappointed and a little bit angry, but hey, that’s business. Obviously the numbers didn’t make sense for Apple anymore. Aperture is one of the arguments I sometimes use to defend Tim Cook and the current Apple management. So many Apple evangelists argue Steve could never do anything wrong. Aperture was a disaster when it was first released and Steve was fully engaged at that time. Had the original Aperture been ready for prime time this story may not be playing out. More people would have adopted it and Apple would be happy to continue development. Alas, that’s all behind us and it’s time to move on. The good news is I’ll most likely only have one program to teach to our Explorers. Here’s to Lightroom.