Monday, 30 June 2014

The Photo Processing Crisis

I’ll tell you in on a professional secret. I maintain a list of blog post ideas.
It’s a bit similar to the idea behind Scrivener, the software used by many authors to “design” their book. Because I have many more post ideas than time to write them, I jot down the ideas’ highlights and the envisioned structure of the post so. That allows me to revisit the idea later, long after that initial spark is gone.
At the moment, my posts backlog stands at about 15. The count tends to go up and down, and occasionally it is cleared throughout, but this year it has been building and building.

There's this item that's been topping the list, which is to say the item that’s been there the longest. It has been there for over a year but I never got to it; it deals with Apple’s professional photo processing, Aperture.
Essentially, I wanted to say that the semi-pro photographer does not have to settle for Adobe and its pricing or the way it’s been treating its users. I did not want to be herded into an expensive software rental model. There is an alternative, at least if you’re a Mac user, and that alternative is called Aperture (developed by Apple, no less). Essentially, it’s the same deal as Adobe Lightroom, a piece of software that’s there to primarily manage your collection of RAW photography and also offers other strong photo processing functionality. There are areas where Lightroom is a bit better (it certainly seemed to have received more development effort recently), and there are areas where Aperture is better.
More importantly, Aperture is half the price; and if you buy your iTunes cards carefully (and I do), you can take another half of that price away.

But why am I telling you all of this now?
Because yesterday I read that Apple announced the end of life for Aperture. Next year’s Mac operating system, Yosemite, will still support it, but that would be it; there will be no further development, nor will we have further compatibility adjustments to ensure Aperture runs on whatever Macs are running in a year’s time.

Which leaves me, and pretty much everyone else who’s using Aperture, at the clutches of Adobe. Which is very sad. Apple, you’ve disappointed me.

Image rights: Apple

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