True, most of the photographers I know use Lightroom. That in itself doesn't make it better. More people use PowerPoint than Keynote, and that certainly doesn't make PowerPoint better (on the contrary - without exception those who have used both say PowerPoint is a festering pile of crap).
I suspect most people use Lightroom because they are already familiar with Photoshop, just as most people use PowerPoint because they are familiar with Microsoft and simply are unaware of alternatives.
1. Apple should just come out and say is that they are abandoning the professional photo software market entirely.
2. I find this decision strange. With the introduction of the new Mac Pro, Apple seemed to have affirmed its commitment to the pro market. Abandoning one of their pro apps just doesn't make much sense.
1. We have no exact details about what will replace Aperture. So it wouldn't make much sense for them to declare that.
2. Apple introduced the Mac Pro in order to allow Pros to run resource-intensive software in an OS X environment. What they do with *their own* Pro apps has no connection to this.
First, none of this should be a surprise to anyone. The bigger surprise is that Apple waiting until weeks after WWDC to give details on this, especially since Craig Federigui spoke briefly about it during the Photos demo. Even though he didn't address it then, it was evident that Aperture's days as a separate app were numbered.
Why? First, the renaming of "iPhoto" which is the old OS X name to "Photos" which is the iOS name is no accident. Aperture was a great idea at the time, but Lightroom has pretty much commanded most of the market share for years now and Apple hasn't done a meaningful update in four years (an eternity). Also, it's clear that iPhoto needed a ground up rewrite as well. It began when cloud storage didn't exist and photos were a lot smaller in file size. When the latest cloud photo features for family were announced, iPhoto wasn't a part of it and the reason was that it's replacement wasn't ready.
I'm expecting that the new Photos app will have some Aperture features, but maybe not all of them, at least not at launch. Over time we'll probably see most of them again, but Photos will be solidly a consumer app and not marketed to the Pros. I'm sure some Pros will still use it anyway.
Aperture hasn't been "better" than Lightroom for ages.
I find this decision strange. With the introduction of the new Mac Pro, Apple seemed to have affirmed its commitment to the pro market. Abandoning one of their pro apps just doesn't make much sense. I could see if they decided to discontinue the Mac Pro and all pro apps entirely to focus only on consumers. But, that's not what they did.
It's too early to know for sure, but the new Photos app, coming next year, may be simple enough for consumers and powerful enough for professionals. Why maintain two separate applications if a single well-designed application can serve both markets? It's a question worth waiting for.
dgnr8 wrote: »
Glad I moved to Lightroom, not that I trust Adobe....
sockrolid wrote: »
Long-term, Apple needs software partners. They will probably benefit more from having 3rd party pro apps on OS X than they would if they sold pro apps themselves. For example, as much as Adobe's bloatware sucks, it's become the de facto standard. Adobe is the Microsoft of creatives.
sudo rm -rf/ ADOBE.
There is no more iPhoto on the Mac. That’s the difference.
BS. Does it seem at all like Apple to say, “Yes, we’re known for building both hardware and software that works together seamlessly and in a way that absolutely no other company can do because we control both and can build one to compliment the other, SO NOW GO USE SOFTWARE FROM THIS THIRD PARTY WHO IS EXPLICITLY KNOWN FOR BUILDING THE WORST, LEAST OPTIMIZED SOFTWARE ON OUR PLATFORM”?!
Total nonsense. Apple has to be planning something here.
Quite likely THIS ^^^
But if this is the case, Apple needs NOW to identify the general features that are earmarked for Photos or at least indicate the areas in which nothing will be lost from Aperture's feature set. No-one will trust them otherwise. They don't deserve it. I'm not going to sit around for a year with Aperture only to find that Photos drops two-thirds of the sorting and IPTC features.
grblade wrote: »
I don't think we'll lose functionality from Aperture. It'll just be in a new package.