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Apple irks professional crowd with Aperture development shutdown

Professional-grade photography app to be replaced with Photos
Mon Jun 30 2014, 12:28
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SOFTWARE DESIGNER Apple has ceased development of Aperture and iPhoto for Mac OS X, news which hasn't gone down well with its professional users.

The news was first reported by The Loop, which heard from Apple that it would discontinue development of its iPhoto app and professional photography application Aperture. Both apps will be replaced by the new Photos app that the firm showed off at WWDC this month.

Apple said in a statement, "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."

While the promise of a shiny new app might be seen as good news by some, Apple's announcement hasn't gone down well with its professional users, who have been quick to slam the firm for stopping development of Aperture - once thought of as a potentiontal rival to Adobe's Photoshop software.

One user said on the Apple forums, "This is really a sad day. Apple really has time and time again abandoned the Pro customer, who supported Apple thru the hard dark days of past."

Another added, "This whole situation makes me feel literally sick to my stomach. I have invested so much time and effort into Aperture and now that they're discontinuing such my trust in Apple has been severely compromised.

"It's sad that us designers and developers who were the ones who supported Apple during their transition to OSX could be so easily discarded. I think I am in shock."

While users are not happy about the move, Apple has said that Aperture will be supported in Mac OS X Yosemite, and that the software will remain available for a minimum of 18 months. µ


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