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Apple Notifying Aperture Users of Impending Removal From Mac App Store

Photos for OS X iMacApple has sent an email to Aperture customers this afternoon as a reminder about the impending removal of the professional photo editing software from the Mac App Store. The email confirms that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store upon the release of Photos for OS X as we initially reported last month.
"When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app. 

You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified library, so any changes made after the migration will not be shared between the apps."
Aperture users will be able to continue using the software on OS X Yosemite following its discontinuation, although the app will no longer be available for purchase on the Mac App Store and new feature updates are not planned. Aperture users can migrate their photo libraries to Photos for OS X, including photos, adjustments, albums and keywords.

Photos for OS X will be available this spring for OS X Yosemite.



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18 months ago
The biggest flaw in Photos is that it's all or nothing when it comes to putting your photos on iCloud.

I'd rather have a subset of my photos in iCloud, and keep the rest archived on my computer and not using up iCloud space.

It just shows that Apple seems to be doing this to sell iCloud subscriptions, and not to improve the user experience.
Rating: 20 Votes
18 months ago

If I purchased it will I still be able to download it on a new (or restored) mac in the future?


I would assume so. I have purchased several now discontinued apps in the past and they all are still available under "Purchased" for me, however no longer developed or updated. I don't see why they would make this one different? Unless maybe official Apple software works differently than discontinued software from other developers.

Edit: Sad to see Aperture go. I really love it. Photos feels promising now that I've been working with it for a while but I am already missing a few things from Aperture. Not enough to pay Adobe, but hoping Photos gets developed further or even some add ons come out eventually that we can buy.
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago
Very upset because Photos eliminates crucial Aperture features like "Flagged" which I use constantly. Also upset because last year, once the writing was on the wall, I made a concerted effort to use and learn Lightroom, and I just did not like it for various reasons, and I didn't get to be remotely as fast I was in Aperture.

Screwed.
Rating: 12 Votes
18 months ago

I'm not sad to see it go because it was SO FAR BEHIND what it should have been, I just want to make sure that if my mac burns in a fire or something, I can get a new mac, install aperture, and open old aperture libraries/vaults


I just talked to Apple via chat, because I was curious as well. They confirmed what I said. It will be like any other app. Once discontinued, you can still download it, but cannot buy additional copies. They also said they will keep it functional through Yosemite's life cycle but it won't be updated for future versions of OS X. Still available and may or may not work down the road with whatever follows Yosemite, but it will keep working with Yosemite and you can still download it from the Apple ID you purchased it with prior to it's discontinuation.
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago
If I purchased it will I still be able to download it on a new (or restored) mac in the future?
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago

The biggest flaw in Photos is that it's all or nothing when it comes to putting your photos on iCloud.

I'd rather have a subset of my photos in iCloud, and keep the rest archived on my computer and not using up iCloud space.

It just shows that Apple seems to be doing this to sell iCloud subscriptions, and not to improve the user experience.


You can actually keep multiple libraries in OS X Photos! Hold the option key while starting the application, and it will ask you which library to use (or create a new one). Only the 'system' library will be attached to iCloud (if you choose to), and I'm personally keeping my 500GB+ Aperture library as a separate, local Photos library.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago

Very upset because Photos eliminates crucial Aperture features like "Flagged" which I use constantly. Also upset because last year, once the writing was on the wall, I made a concerted effort to use and learn Lightroom, and I just did not like it for various reasons, and I didn't get to be remotely as fast I was in Aperture.

Screwed.

You could use the favorite functionality instead, or assign a specific keyword to the photos you want to flag.
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago

How is that? The user experience is obviously better if you don't have to remember which photos are in what location or device. All your photos everywhere is really as good as it gets from a UX perspective.

Sure it costs more money if you have a large library but that's how life works. A couple dollars a month is well worth it in my opinion for what iCloud and Photos does that no other solution can provide:

A full library manager with nondestructive edits synced across all devices with my entire library available no matter the device. And with a largely consistent software experience for editing and management on all devices.


The difference is that people working professionally, or in a professional manner, often have specific file system locations for certain kinds of images and other data. Aperture supported that.

Apple now wants users to go with amateur-hour, quicky, iPad friendly dump all photos everywhere. While that really is better for the iPhone selfie crowd it does not necessarily work for serious photographers. Hence real pro apps like Photoshop and Lightroom.

Anyone who still believes that Apple supports creative pros probably believes all the things they read on the various Mac fan sites including MacRumors.
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago
Photos.app is useless except as a library.

It's basically the iOS Photos app for Mac OS X.
It has less functionality than iPhoto.
It has far less functionality than Aperture.

Completely disappointed. WTF, Apple?!
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago

… FCP X is now fully featured and better than the competition.


The competition being Windows Movie Maker…
Rating: 5 Votes

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