While Adobe has responded to Apple's announcement that it is ending development of its Aperture professional photo editing and management app for OS X by promising to "double down" on Lightroom, there are other players in the market. Corel is one of those competitors, and the company is hoping to attract some current Aperture users to switch to its AfterShot Pro 2 software launched last month.


AfterShot Pro 2 is normally priced at $79.99, but Aperture (and Lightroom) users qualify for special $59.99 competitive upgrade pricing. The offer was announced as a limited time promotion alongside the debut of AfterShot Pro 2, but with Apple's announcement today Corel is reminding users that it remains in effect. In addition, Corel notes that it will be looking at additional ways to help Aperture users migrate to AfterShot Pro 2.

Launched last month, the new AfterShot Pro 2 offers competitive upgrade pricing ($59) to Aperture users. We're getting ready for Yosemite now and unlike Lightroom, AfterShot Pro already supports use of a more Aperture-like file system to manage your photos. In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking for more ways we can make the transition easy for Aperture users and you can expect to see more from us with AfterShot on the Mac in the near future.

Corel promotes AfterShot Pro 2 as significantly faster than competing photo editing and management apps, with a host of advanced non-destructive editing features and pricing on par with Aperture and significantly lower than Lightroom.

Top Rated Comments

Zxxv Avatar
129 months ago
Obi-Wan: [thoughtfully] Corel. Corel... Now, that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.
Luke: I think my uncle knows it. He said it was dead.
Obi-Wan: Oh, its not dead... Not yet.
Luke: You know it?
Obi-Wan: But of course I know it. I have a floppy disc copy.
[R2 beeps in surprise]
Obi-Wan: I haven't heard the name of Corel since... oh, before you were born.



Yep I thought Corel was gone. A blast from the past. Remember using it and owning the brick thick user manuals.
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jayducharme Avatar
129 months ago
Corel is still in business? I honestly thought they had folded up shop. I know just one person who uses Word Perfect, and it's a really old version. But I don't know anyone else who uses any of their software. I checked their website and was surprised to find that they bought WinZip.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stiligFox Avatar
129 months ago
Adobe just can't finger it out... ridiculous.

Um... Not sure if that was intentional or not but that's hilarious XD
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikiverse Avatar
129 months ago
After FCP, mobile me and iWork, this is another example of why apple products should not be used for business.

Apple has abandoned the pro market and is solely focused on short-term consumer interest.

I always used a mac for the software, but now I may as well purchase a PC.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ValSalva Avatar
129 months ago
Corel should focus more on its core applications. Not sure why they don't make CorelDRAW available for the Mac again.
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Chupa Chupa Avatar
129 months ago
I doubt very many pros (or even advanced amateurs) are going to want to trust Corel with their photos. With Apple covering the lower end with Photos, I don't see why many would choose this app in-between that and Lightroom/Capture One/Bibble/DXO/etc.
FYI: Bibble is Aftershot Pro2. Corel bought Bibble a couple of years ago!

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Seriously, Apple need to get their **** together.

How is it that a multibillion profit company can't hire a few people to update Aperture or at least modernise the UI? I guess that's a rhetorical question because the answer of course is pure arrogance.
No, it's not arrogance, it's actually quite humble of Apple admitting defeat in this sector. It's also being responsible to shareholders by not wasting company resources on a program that doesn't matter much to Apple' bottom line. A responsible company does focus on what's most important rather than getting caught up reviving small stuff that doesn't matter to it's viability.

Arrogance is doing something just because one can. Sure Apple could put a team on it, but why, if it's not going to have a materially affect Apple's bottom line in a positive way. This is really no surprise. Apple has put out tea leaves that it wasn't interested in Aperture at all for some time now -- none of the "please be patient -- coming soonish" signals they issued with FCPX or the Mac Pro. Arrogance is expecting a company to support a program you use forever because you use it.

I've been an Aperture user from the start and not thrilled Apple is EOLing it, but I am glad they are taking it off life support and telling the world go find another program.
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