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Stuck with Apple’s Aperture? Adobe will give you a hand



In the end of June, Apple dropped a bomb that many could see coming for a while, and a few refused to even consider such a thing:

“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. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.

From the little that is known about Photos it looks like an ok product, but many are unwilling to stick around to find out how good or how bad it really is, and the upgrades of little relevancy that Aperture has suffered in the past years left many faithful users disgruntled. And with all the good press Lightroom has been getting, who can blame them.

These are the users that Adobe want to grab.

Migration made easy?

For photographers with libraries composed of thousands and thousands of images, easy migration of the library needs to be a major concern if changing software is even to be considered. Apple mentioned that Aperture libraries will be compatible with Photos – nothing else to expect. But if you do want to switch to Lightroom, Adobe mentioned that it is developing a tool to help migrating libraries from Aperture to Lightroom. But this is not without difficulties since both programs use different processing engines, and thus any adjustment made in Aperture will not be visible in Lightroom. Best option? Export the image as a tif file – not a great solution though.

Until the migration tool is ready, and without knowing exactly what will be migrated and what won’t, Adobe released a quick guide on the best process for those not willing to wait.


Does this affect you? Are you an Aperture user thinking about switching to Lightroom? How will you approach the migration? Let us know in the comments.

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