Apple Aperture: No Cloud on the Horizon


No Cloud in sight for Apple’s Aperture. Having not even been updated since 2011 professional photographers might have gotten a better light reading as to where their exposures were going with Aperture. In the cloud, a new offering will be replacing both Aperture and iPhoto in Apple’s line-up, in the upcoming OS X Yosemite. The new app that will be part of the new iLife suite is simply called, Photos.

No new development for Aperture, easy access to photos stored in iCloud Photo Library, and migration to the new Photos app, is the offer from Apple, for professional photographers and all other consumers with cameras of varying degrees of sophistication. Pros who use Aperture will be without access until early 2015, when the iLife suite becomes available through Apple’s App Store, unless they are willing to be beta testers.

There is speculation Apple is aiming more for the consumer market and slowly leaving the professional users of their photo and video products behind. In 2011, Final Cut Pro X was redesigned with considerable bally hew, though when it was introduced, many supporters were disappointed. Professionals in the field of film and video still use Final Cut Pro, and Apple did add many appealing features, by then many users had switched to Adobe’s Premier.

Photos and iCloud may work for consumers, professional users of this type of software however, need more tweaking ability when it comes to adjusting images, and Aperture, like Adobe’s Lightroom had that sophistication. Not having Apple’s Aperture in the cloud means professionals need to look over the horizon for alternatives. As noted earlier, Aperture has been under-developed for years, since 2011, while Lightroom has continued with upgrades, features and adjustments in tune with OS management.

Photographers and other professional graphics experts have let Apple know of their displeasure about Aperture. Apple has noted this information and stated the other pro apps in its lineup will not be cast aside. As proof, updates for Motion 5, Final Cut X, and other professional apps were issued last week. This may be a demonstration of reassurance to the users of these apps of the company’s commitment to stay with those professional applications.

Adobe, for its part, sees an opportunity to lure Aperture users away from Apple with Lightroom. Winston Hendrickson, Adobe VP for digital imaging products, recently stated they are invested in staying abreast of the iOS and OS X platforms and want to make certain Aperture and iPhoto enthusiasts may relocate their professional investments to Lightroom in the approaching weeks, months and years ahead.Apple

For those who are pleased with the new announcement of Photos/iCloud Sharing, Aperture going by the wayside isn’t much of a bump in their photo experience. Shoot a pic on an iPhone and it can literally be accessed from the Library, and on a Mac, and manipulated right away. No problem.

One option on the horizon if iCloud Sharing is not in the cards, those with Lightroom instead of Apple’s Aperture may opt for a paid Dropbox account (100 GB/$99 a year). It is a simple process to sync photos with the Dropbox camera upload element. Using the camera upload feature is a simple procedure of enabling the component on both a Mac, and iPhone. Shoot a picture, and after selecting the feature, the images automatically load to a Camera Uploads folder. Once loaded one need only snatch an image from the file and use it.

By Andy Towle

Information Week
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