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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 09:36 AM   #1
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Question Best alternatives to Aperture?

I always used Aperture to edit and enhance my photos, but not long ago Apple stopped its development. (why!? )

Since the app is no longer available and won't be getting any future updates I think it's time to switch to another app. Do any of you know some good alternatives to Aperture? I would like an app that lets me do about the same stuff that I could do in Aperture. Please don't name Photoshop, I don't want to pay every month for a software. I also don't want to use the built-in Photos app to edit photos because it doesn't have as much features as Aperture.

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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 11:38 AM   #2
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Go with Lightroom

Edit: oh wait, Lightroom has been upgraded to monthly plan too.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 12:40 PM   #3
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You can still purchase the stand alone Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6
Lightroom
But I am not sure how much longer this option will continue.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #4
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Thanks, I think I'll go with the stand alone version of Lightroom.
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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 02:55 PM   #5
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Hi Writer,

I wouldn't jump ship too fast.

Sure, Aperture's development is dead, but the app still works and most likely (no official confirmation) will for another OS version or 2.

It still works for me.

That said, some alternatives are:

LR as mentioned

Capture 1 (apparently very good). Standalone version is approx. $300 I believe

Mylio is another interesting app. Cross platform between Windows & Mac. Not cheap - $50 to $250 billed annually (USD funds so tack on more for CDN I believe).

There are a few others, but those are the big ones.

I'm hanging on for now and hoping Apple adds Aperture-like features or allows third party features for Photos.

This isn't for my business so I do have the luxury of time so I don't know what I'd do if not.

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Old Jul 10th, 2015, 02:56 PM   #6
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Photos should improve with the next version of OS X as it will support third party extensions. I don't know how it compares to Aperture or Lightroom, but GraphicConverter is a versatile program.
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I do very little with any photos but I got an email suggesting a possible Arperature replacement not long ago, called Emulsion.

Just a suggestion and I don't use it but available via here:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/54376/emulsion
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Thanks, I think I'll go with the stand alone version of Lightroom.
Development for CS6 also has halted just like aperture. I would continue using aperture for a while still...
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I'm hanging on for now and hoping Apple adds Aperture-like features or allows third party features for Photos.
Yeah, I think I'll continue using Aperture until it stops working. I will also look into the apps you suggested me. Thank you for the suggestions.
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...I got an email suggesting a possible Arperature replacement not long ago, called Emulsion.
I'll look into these too, thanks.
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