PSA: Apple Print Products Store Dropping Support for iPhoto and Aperture on March 31

iPhoto and Aperture were discontinued in the spring of 2015 when Photos for OS X launched as part of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, but the software continues to be used by many Mac owners who previously had it installed on their machines.

Though Aperture and iPhoto are not available in the Mac App Store and are no longer being updated, the software has remained functional with OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan. As of March 31, however, one feature will be disappearing -- the ability to order photo books, prints, and other content created within the two apps. Starting on that date, the Apple Print Products Store will no longer support Aperture or iPhoto.

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As noted by a MacRumors tipster and the Apple Support forums, iPhoto and Aperture are now notifying customers who order books or prints about the imminent discontinuation of the feature. Apple employees have also been letting customers know that the printing ability will no longer be available, but Apple doesn't appear to have made an official support document announcing the change.

Photo books, cards, calendars, prints, and more can be created using the Photos for OS X app, which replaced both Aperture and iPhoto.

(Thanks, Mark!)


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23 weeks ago
New photos sucks. New iTunes sucks.

I just want aperture 4! And old iTunes
Rating: 25 Votes
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23 weeks ago
I was literally not aware this stuff made it into Photos, despite looking. It's in none of the menus. I went to vistaprint last week to get prints made. :(

It turns out, I was supposed to hit the "+" button on photos, which I assumed meant "add to album" or some other dingbat feature. How is "+" meant to convey "Create a Photo Album project". I never would have clicked that had this article not informed me that the feature was, indeed, still in Photos somewhere. I should have spent a few more minutes looking around. I guess I prefer the obviousness of iPhoto.

Discoverability does not mean "keep clicking buttons to see what they do".
Rating: 18 Votes
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23 weeks ago

I was literally not aware this stuff made it into Photos, despite looking. It's in none of the menus. I went to vistaprint last week to get prints made. :(

It turns out, I was supposed to hit the "+" button on photos, which I assumed meant "add to album" or some other dingbat feature. How is "+" meant to convey "Create a Photo Album project". I never would have clicked that had this article not informed me that the feature was, indeed, still in Photos somewhere. I should have spent a few more minutes looking around. I guess I prefer the obviousness of iPhoto.

Discoverability does not mean "keep clicking buttons to see what they do".


Sure it does. You should know, since we have been using computers for years now, right?

Skeuomorphism is not necessary. Ever. Abstract is better than intuitive. Always.

That's the current Apple UI design philosophy: the Guessing Game.

Welcome to the Apple "Ive"y Garden. Mr. Jobs and his design sense are buried somewhere outside the fence.
Rating: 11 Votes
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23 weeks ago
Apple really knows how to screw over their customers leaving them high and dry with their software.
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Hell I'm still using iWeb! :D


Still don't get why they dropped iWeb, iLife and iWork. The development costs must have been a drop in the ocean compared to their annual profits.
Rating: 8 Votes
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23 weeks ago
I miss the old iTunes where it would play psychedelic graphics on the screen of your computer that responded to the beats of the song you were playing. That was so cool, and made a nice background as the music played.
Rating: 7 Votes
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23 weeks ago
Boy, this seriously sucks! Aperture had one of the best photo book editors. Possible to use templates and at the same time being able to move everything around freely. It could have used an update here and there but it was still better than any other software and a lot less work than completely doing it from scratch in Photoshop or InDesign…
So now I can still use its editor but not buy the book in the end anymore. Is it possible to export the books as PDF and print them somewhere else?

Would it really kill Apple to keep this damn web server script running to receive a PDF and payment data from Aperture?!
Rating: 7 Votes
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23 weeks ago

New photos sucks. New iTunes sucks.

I just want aperture 4! And old iTunes

This.
Rating: 6 Votes
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23 weeks ago

Can't say I ever used this feature of Aperture.

And yes, I'm still using Aperture...



Hell I'm still using iWeb! :D
Rating: 5 Votes
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23 weeks ago

Can't say I ever used this feature of Aperture.

And yes, I'm still using Aperture...

Same.

Photos is no replacement for Aperture. Neither is the Adobe solution.

I wish it got as much attention as Final Cut X and Logic.
Rating: 5 Votes
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23 weeks ago
This is what I simply don't get about Apple. Why drop support for things they worked so hard to build. Classic environment, print services, whatever else a dozen other people can think of. Near as I can tell in the effort to streamline they don't even keep one department for forsaken products for them to focus on. Even if it is not a revenue or profit center, it could be a customer service and loyalty center.
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