Apple’s Big Event Happening Today – Aperture 4 or Aperture X?

Posted Oct. 22nd, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

Ok, I’m going out on a limb here and predicting we’re going to finally at least hear about what Apple plans for what may be called Aperture 4 or Aperture X. It’s been a long, long time since a major upgrade to Aperture and based on upgrades of other Apple professional applications, I for one do not think Apple will be abandoning Aperture any time soon. So today, I’m predicting, is going to be the day. Yahoooooo………… bring it on. Lets see how a fabulous image editing program can be made even better. If you’re interested in watching the live Apple event, tune in on the link below at 10:00am Pacific Standard Time. Just click on the link below to be the first to see what Apple has in the wings.

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For certain we’re going to see an announcement date for release of the new Mavericks operating system. I’m confident Mavericks was the major piece of the puzzle holding up a serious update to Aperture. We’ll also be finally getting some ideas on the price of the new Mac Pro’s. I’ve been holding off on updating my desktop specifically due to a lack of pricing info on Apple’s newest most powerful machine.

Just a glimpse of what's to come.

Just a glimpse of what’s to come.

It’s possible I may just update the desktop with an iMac but holding off until today for iMacs will be positive as well since their scheduled for an increase in processor power as well. Today should be a good day for getting a handle on an even better workflow process for both my stills and digital video needs. Stay tuned. I for one can’t wait.

Apple's gorgeous all in one iMac. This thing makes looking at your photos a dream.

Apple’s gorgeous all in one iMac. This thing makes looking at your photos a dream.

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  1. Fred KurtzOn Oct. 23rd, 2013

    Thanks Dan – I am glad I asked you the questions. That seals the deal. I am not going to rush into things and just get a couple of drives to limp along until the Mac Pro comes out. I am very impressed with that machine and would hate to jump the gun. So I will take my patience pill and just wait. I know you recommended the Drobo to Sue vs. the G-tech. Same for me (we won’t tell Sue).

  2. Fred KurtzOn Oct. 23rd, 2013


    I will be getting the new Ipad Air (my current one is the 3) and I may get Kathy one if she wants it (hers is the original) and I love the Mac Pro and may seriously consider one of those. I guess I am becoming an apple geek too. My son will disown me for that.

    Also your blog conversation with Sue on the G-Tech and Drobo storage systems is very timely. I am totally out of storage space and trying to figure out what I need to do. My dilemma is that since I am not Mac yet on the desktop side, do I need to wait until I switch or can I go ahead and get something now for the PC and then just plug it into the new Mac. Do I need to get something that says Thunderbolt or since the new Mac Pro is Thunderbolt 2 do I need to wait until somebody comes out with something for that? Do these systems work on both Mac and PC? Lots to think about.

    I do plan on staying with Lightroom as it has been very good to me.

    FYI I did go ahead and order the Lumix 35-100 f2.8 and got it yesterday. Another very nice professional lens. Cannot wait to try both of them out.


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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 23rd, 2013


      Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your take, you will have to make a decision on the machine you want to hook your Drobo 5D to. The reason? You need to Format the drives in a new Drobo based on either the Windows or Mac systems. They both have different, proprietary formatting technology. Mac has OSX Extended (Journaled) and Windows uses what is called NTFS. My comment at the top of the page, “Unfortunately or fortunately” relates to the old system most drives used at one time, known as FAT 32. FAT 32 was a formatting technology that allowed Mac and PC to both read and write to a FAT 32 disk. The downside to FAT 32, and one of many reasons both Mac and Windows got rid of it, was due to file size limitations and less reliability of the drive structure from the formatting technology. So now both Mac and Windows have their own proprietary ways of formatting which makes the disks more reliable. As I know you would agree, that’s a good thing. As far as waiting for the new Thunderbolt 2? I would not wait for that technology. If it takes half as long as Thunderbolt one, you’ll be waiting way longer than you can afford to if you are now having issues with storage space. You will be plenty happy with Thunderbolt one. It’s screaming fast. Thunderbolt two is really targeted at the guys who are planing to shoot and work with 4K Video files. 4k is 5X’s the size of 1080P video so they have to have massive through put. Our stills, not so much. You would be fine getting the current Thunderbolt technology.

      In a nut shell, if you can wait for the new Mac Pro I would do so. Maybe you can get yourself a couple of 3TB drives for the time being just to get you by. That would be my plan of attack if I were in the same situation. Let me know if you have any questions and don’t tell Sue about this post. If she reads it she’ll fall asleep on us and we’ll never get her back on to the subject of drives.

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    Daniel CoxOn Oct. 22nd, 2013

    Well Apple kind of announced a new Aperture update. Not the big one where all hoping for but a small upgrade for Aperture to work with the new Mavericks OS. they also briefly mentioned FCPX so I’m still believing we’ll see the major upgrade in a month or so when the new Mac Pro’s area released. Not exactly what I wanted but Aperture wasn’t forgotten completely either.

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