“Apple today introduced Aperture, the first all-in-one post production tool that provides everything photographers need after the shoot . . . Built from the ground up for pros, Aperture features powerful compare and select tools, nondestructive image processing, color managed printing and custom web and book publishing.” –Apple press release, 19 October 2005.
Every week or so I used to Google “Aperture 4” just for fun. On 24 June 2014, I read the news: Aperture EOL’d. But careful examination of Apple screenshots shown at their recent developers’ conference revealed a glimmer of hope: The Photos Adjustments bar. Add everything else which has been reported about the new OS, and the upcoming Photos Apps, and things start to get interesting. Possible OS-level, lens-correction, and third-party plug-in extensibility? No more detours to DxO for lens corrections? No more round-tripping ridiculously huge TIFFs to use my cool Nik filters? Imports my Aperture libraries? Wow! It’s “Aperture X” v1.0! Here’s what’s (now) got me excited for the upcoming release of Photos (especially, Photos v1.5):
• Apple’s lens-correction technology demo at 6 June 2014 WWDC (reported by AE).
• Apple’s Custom CI Filter technology demo at the 6 June 2014 WWDC: Third-party filters integrated into the OS’ RAW-processing stream (reported by ApertureExpert.com).
• Ars Technica’s confirmation of Photos’ “third-party extensibility.”
• Apple’s screenshot of the Photos app shows an “add [adjustments brick]” tab.
And, I assume, with its slick, modern UI, Photos will likely retain Aperture’s “full-screen” viewing option (my favorite feature). If all goes well, we may eventually get an all-new, high-performance imaging platform, built from the ground-up . . . “lens corrections,” “third-party extensibility,” “the new MacPro,” plus many other encouraging tidbits of future image-oriented Apple developments. Change is hard, but this may finally be the “upgrade” (or, at least the path to one) we’ve been waiting for all along. Time will tell . . . but I think the future looks very promising. I’ve already discovered life without Photoshop–I use Pixelmator instead, and prefer its ultra-clean UI. But, life without Aperture may not be so bad after all.
[In the meantime, I’ll still be ingesting my Nikon Coolpix A, Nikon D3s, and D800E files into Aperture via my ExpressCard/34 CF adapter in my late-2011 MacBookPro 17″ Core i7 machine. And, thanks to the free v3.5 upgrade, I’m also now “sharing” client files via Aperture’s SmugMug tool, directly to my website].