A year ago, I wrote a post here explaining “Why I switched from Lightroom to Aperture.” I outlined some of the relative advantages of Aperture, as I saw them at the time. But even then, I knew that it was an iffy decision. Indeed, already a year or more ago it seemed likely that Apple had lost interest in Aperture and the product had no future.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise last week when Apple made it official: no more updates for Aperture. They set out to make a the best raw workflow app for pros. In the eyes of many, for a while, that’s just was Aperture was. And then Apple got bored with it.
Maybe it wasn’t just boredom. One old observation about Apple is that it’s a hardware company, not a software company. Its software is created to sell its hardware. I have no inside info, but my guess is, the decision-markers at Apple felt that Aperture wasn’t selling enough Macs.
On a related note, see this earlier post: “Is it a great time for photography?“