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What is PhotoApps.Expert?
PhotoApps.Expert was born in 2010 as ApertureExpert.com to support Apple's Aperture. In 2014, the site had a short stint as ThePhotosExpert.com, with the aim of supporting the forthcoming Photos apps for iOS and OS X. However once the reality of Photos.app set in, and it became apparent that it wasn't going to be sufficient for most existing Aperture users, the site pivoted again. Five years after its launch, the site began the transition to PhotoApps.Expert.
PhotoApps.Expert is an educational website for any and all photo apps, on any platform. That includes Lightroom, Capture One, Photoshop, Photos, Aperture and any other photography app of note on the desktop. On iOS and Android, that means any tiny little app designed to make photography better or more fun. Photography has become ubiquitous and is no longer something just for the professionals, and the ability to edit your photos in a 99¢ app has changed the world.
An important charter of PhotosApps.Expert is to guide those looking to migrate from Aperture to their next destination. For many users, that will indeed be Photos for OS X. However many of the more advanced users are looking for an alternate solution, and this site aims to help them make the best decision possible.
This site caters users of all levels, and will be adding features quickly to allow simple sorting of articles by app, platform and skill level. Welcome, and enjoy!
There's a lot of history to this site, and to the apps it supported. Read on to learn more.
What happened to Aperture (OS X) and iPhoto (OS X and iOS)?
On June 27, 2014, Apple announced the cessation of feature development on Aperture and iPhoto. You can read all about the announcement, and public response, here: Aperture is Dead. Long Live Photos!
iPhoto for iOS is no longer supported under iOS 8. When you attempt to launch iPhoto after upgrading to iOS 8, the system will prompt you to migrate to Photos. Unfortunately many features in iPhoto for iOS are not present in Photos, and there's no way to get back to iPhoto (except for downgrading to iOS 7). For more information and to join a discussion on it, head here.
More on Photos.app
The rest of this is somewhat dated information but helpful to anyone wondering what became of Aperture and what Photos might become.
What about Photos.app — I’m a pro photographer; will Photos be for me?
In the beginning; no. Photos 1.0 will not be as feature-laden as Aperture is at version 3.6. However the promise and potential of a rich Photos.app ecosystem, through PhotoKit and the developers Photos Framework, along with what Apple will bring to Photos itself, is exciting. While many users are understandably disappointed to see Aperture go away, the future looks interesting. Unfortunately with the release of the beta, too many features were missing from Photos to entire many professional users, and many considered it the “last straw”, and started looking for an alternative. That's what prompted the pivot of this site to PhotoApps.Expert; to help guide those who want to transition elsewhere to make the best choice possible for them.
Why was Aperture cancelled?
Ultimately, only Apple can answer that question. However the general understanding is that they wanted to devote all development resources to the future of photo editing, not into supporting the past. Apple has a history of making dramatic changes, and historically they are for the better. In this case, of course time will tell.
How long can I use Aperture?
Technically, as long as the computer you are sitting in front of today runs. Apple has committed to supporting Aperture by shipping maintenance releases as needed to offer complete compatibility through the life of OS X Yosemite. Even if Photos.app isn’t what you want it to be by the time Apple stops updating Aperture, that doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to use it. You may not be able to upgrade your Mac beyond Yosemite without breaking Aperture compatibility, however updating your OS has never been a requirement.
Does this mean new cameras will not be supported by Aperture?
RAW camera support is not in Aperture; it's in the operating system. There have been many, many updates for RAW support over the years, as you can see by searching the Digital Camera RAW Update keyword. So you can rest assured that your new camera will likely be supported in the near future, just as it always has. If you want to know more about how and when Apple updates new cameras, I suggest reading this FAQ entry.
I keep hearing about an iCloud requirement… I have too many photos to store in the cloud!
You and me both! But here's the thing that people seem to be conveniently ignoring… iCloud storage will be an option. Clearly Apple can't force you to store all your photos in the cloud. Not only is iCloud a paid service, it's also clearly untenable for a lot of users. If you're a working pro creating gigabytes of images per week, or spend most of your time on the road, or simply don't have access to über high speed internet, then clearly storing your entire library in the cloud isn't going to be a possibility. It's not a requirement. Don't worry. It's just a (very very cool) option.
Photos looks easy… why do I need this site?
There will be an exciting ecosystem of applications acting as extensions to Photos.app on both iOS and OS X. This site will support, educate, compare, review and discuss those add-ons, and show how to get the most from them alongside Photos.
We will continue to discuss Aperture as well, but of course with no new features to explore, the conversation on Aperture will undoubtedly slow to a trickle.
Should I switch to Lightroom, or some other software?
Only you can answer that. Lightroom is a powerful application, and has made many professional photographers very happy. Ultimately, you will have to learn new software — Photos, Lightroom, or something else. If there are features in Lightroom you absolutely need today, or simply don’t want to wait for Photos to mature, then you should check out Lightroom. However the features and capabilities that are expected to come in Photos down the road are extremely exciting, and are very likely to be features you’ll wish you had if you make the switch.
For any other questions…
If this doesn't answer all your questions about the Aperture/iPhoto to Photos migration, feel free to post them in the Photos forums.