Apple drops Aperture support in the next macOS update

Photographers are still confused with Apple’s decision to discontinue Aperture imaging software and they must now deal with a ticking clock.


Apple announced Aperture will not get support from future MacOS past Mojave and have issued a support document encouraging Mac-based shooters to migrate their photo libraries.

Aperture was a popular alternative to Adobe programs like Photoshop and Lightroom first introduced in 2005. Apple stopped updating the program in 2014 and soon, the software disappeared from the App Store as the tech giant promoted its replacement, Apple Photos.

Aperture was an imaging and photo management software program that gave professional and advanced amateur shooters powerful tools, including support and fine-tuning of RAW files, options for custom printing and publishing, web galleries and an array of tools to adjust colors, increase sharpness and correct chromatic aberration.

It gave photographers intuitive management tools for creating project libraries, slideshows and, in later versions, an ability to work with video and audio files.

The support page, published Monday, provides instruction on migrating Aperture libraries to Photos or Adobe Lightroom Classic. Apple recognizes that Photos will not be powerful enough for the more advanced photographer and advocates subscribing to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Adobe Lightroom Classic has a built-in function for converting Aperture libraries into Lightroom catalogs.

Apple is expected to announce a replacement for Mojave in September.

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