Adobe Releases Guide on Transitioning Photos From Aperture to Lightroom

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Back in June, Apple announced plans to discontinue development on both Aperture and iPhoto in favor of the new Photos app that will be added to both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in the future.

Adobe took advantage of Aperture's discontinuation, announcing its own plans to create a tool to help former Aperture and iPhoto customers transition to Lightroom, Adobe's professional photo editing software.

Adobe today released a guide [PDF] for users who are interested in making the switch from Aperture to Lightroom immediately, which can be accessed from the Adobe website.


In the guide, Adobe notes that a simple tool remains in development, but for users who don't mind going through a detailed migration process, it's possible to switch from Aperture to Lightroom immediately. The process involves creating a full backup, exporting original photos from Aperture, exporting TIFF versions of edited Aperture photos, and importing the content to Lightroom.

Adobe's guide also includes links to learning more about how to use Lightroom and it points users towards Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography plan, which offers access to Lightroom for desktop, web, and mobile along with Photoshop CC for $9.99 per month.

Users who don't want to go through the hassle of exporting and importing files from Aperture to Lightroom can wait for Adobe's migration tool to be completed.

While Apple is ceasing development on Aperture in favor of Photos, early screenshots of the app and information from Apple representatives has suggested that some of Aperture's professional-grade features may make it into the Photos app. Photos will also include tools to allow users to import iPhoto and Aperture libraries into the new app.

Top Rated Comments

grblade Avatar
84 months ago
Unnecessary. If everyone will just hang on for the release of Photos for Mac they will see that it will handle just about everything Aperture does. Apple is not about to throw away their photography clients when photography is becoming more and more important to them. Hang on, folks. Adobe wants you to panic. You really don't need to.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nt5672 Avatar
84 months ago
Apple is pretty brain dead when it comes to Application life cycle management.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nt5672 Avatar
84 months ago

Unnecessary. If everyone will just hang on for the release of Photos for Mac they will see that it will handle just about everything Aperture does......

Experience tells us it will do about 50+ percent of what Aperture does, and the missing functionality will come when Apple gets around to it, provided they think a hip teenager really needs or is smart enough to use that functionality.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MidwestMacGuy Avatar
84 months ago
Won't Ever Pay the Adobe Premium

Why does anyone think paying $9.99 a month or $119.88 a year is something anyone would rush over and convert to? Aperture is $79.99 and is still for sale. Here's a simple comparison. In the three years I've owned Aperture it has cost me $79.99 for the entire time. If I do the same with Adobe I've now spent $359.64. That sucks anyway you dice it.

So Astrobrat is right. I'll continue to use Aperture until it won't run on a Mac anymore, then I'll most likely switch over to Corel After Shot Pro 2. It is a very similar product to Aperture, is faster than Adobe, and is the same $79.99. It will work on Mac or PC too.

I much prefer owning software or apps instead of renting them online. Why pay a subscription fee that only serves the need to feed the corporate monster and does not do anything better or unique to less expensive owned alternatives.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PocketSand11 Avatar
84 months ago
Come on, Apple, quit throwing away your customers.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
84 months ago
Oh god why is this happening. :( I really loved the Apple-y-ness that was Aperture, great and easy to use and had great iCloud integration. Also the end product looked stunning when done correctly. Why are they throwing this away? I tried Lightroom and it's not my cup of tea, it's just not as much of a delight to use as Aperture and rather frustrating and annoying (probably just me). And I also have powerful machines but Aperture just seems to run better than Lightroom.

I really wish they would've developed a huge update to this and released the long-awaited version 4. It's a shame really, maybe their Photos alternative will be a good replacement but I don't see it.

I do agree on the fact that this had to be done to iPhoto but not Aperture. iPhoto is what iTunes is to music, a mess, so simplifying it with iOS integration made sense. But there is a professional field out there and it's terrible to see Apple heading in the direction they are heading, and frankly I'm concerned about the existence of Logic Pro and maybe even FCPX.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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