Apple has officially ceased development on Aperture, the company’s professional photo editing software.
Aperture has long been a heavy competitor to Adobe’s high-end photo editing application, Lightroom. However, while Lightroom has been routinely updated by Adobe, as well as having been added to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Aperture has failed to receive a major update since October of last year.
Apple is also planning to get rid of the iPhoto app with the launch of Mac OS X Yosemite, which is scheduled for release this fall. To replace both Aperture and iPhoto, Apple is set to release an all-new Mac-based Photos App, similar to the one that comes on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The Photos app will allow users to share their photos via iCloud easily and across multiple devices. However, it will likely lack the more powerful editing tools that are available in Aperture.
OS X Yosemite will likely offer compatibility support for users still running Aperture, which is currently available for $79.99 on the Mac App Store.
Adobe Lightroom can be purchased with a subscription plan for $9.99 per month, or as part of Adobe’s full Creative Suite for $49.99 per month.
Lightroom is now part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, allowing users to manage their files on any device, including their iOS devices.