Sometimes Apple creates solutions, sometimes it creates problems
In this penultimate installment of The Feature Thief, where we've been dissecting the corpses of several of Apple's self-created and then self-killed or revamped software apps, we thought we'd take a look at the latest victims. Aperture and iPhoto are the apps that have suffered most recently at Apple's sometimes-brilliant but generally ruthless tendency to kill off popular apps in favor of a bigger overall idea. Both programs are still alive and kicking, but they are like the old man greeting the baby New Year: suddenly graced with the realization of its own mortality.
Apple's new photography app is superb
Ditch iPhoto, ditch Aperture, ditch Light -- okay, no, let's not go crazy here. You should probably keep Lightroom if you have it and definitely also Photoshop or Pixelmator. Hold on to those because Apple's new Photos app does not replace them -- but it is so very good that you'll find yourself using them less. You may also find yourself taking more photos. You just won't realize that the first time you open up Photos. This free app, included in the new OS X 10.10.3, is a very bald, white, minimalist application that initially takes some time to get going.
The writing app beats Scrivener to the iPad
It's not as if this were Mac versus PC, not Word versus WordPerfect, not even Aperture versus Lightroom. Still, Ulysses vs Scrivener, a war of word processors, is a thing -- and Ulysses just took a big step ahead. These two applications give writers a complete and single package of tools for writing, research, and then publishing. What they have not given writers before was the ability to pick up an iPad and carry on where you were.
First public release of Photos does not replace iPhoto, Aperture
A little over a week after the second developer beta of OS X 10.10.3, which includes the first public peek at the forthcoming Photos app, Apple has made a new version public for pre-registered beta testers. Build 14D87p is the first public beta of 10.10.3, and includes the Photos app for public testing for the first time (developers had been able to to use the application in the previous two betas). The public version appears to be identical to the second developer beta, numbered 14D87h.
Remove duplicate photos quickly and easily
We're starting to think we were clever, turning our Aperture database into a gigantic mess -- because PhotoSweeper is the third recent app to come across our desk that is aimed at fixing it. It isn't specifically for fixing our problems, and it isn't only for Aperture, but we set it loose on our 33Gb hellstew -- just as we did with SnapSelect and Tidy Up before it.
Apple confirms it is getting out of the pro-level photo app game, at least for now
Apple has updated its official page for Aperture and its listing of the program on the Mac App Store to note that the pro-level photo-management and editing app will be pulled from sale once Photos for Mac is officially released, which is expected to happen within the next couple of months. Previous owners will still be able to re-download it from their Purchases list for the foreseeable future, but it will no longer be available to buy.
New program promises delight for iPhoto users, falls short on pro features
After only the vaguest of descriptions and a single preview image, the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 has arrived, and with it comes a brand-new application from Apple. Photos is intended to be the successor to iPhoto and Aperture, but in its initial (and not yet released) first form, it can be said that it mostly borrows Aperture's looks and speed with large libraries, but not a lot else from Apple's former high-end photo manager. Fans of iPhoto, however, are likely to like this -- and there might even be a little gift for developers in Photos as well.
Clear out duplicates and manage your huge photo library better
Apple's professional photo manager, Aperture, had its advantages over its biggest rival, Adobe Lightroom -- and it is a shame the former been dropped (to be replaced with a new app, Photos for Mac, early next year). One thing Aperture was really good at was adding photos - so much so that we tended to do it over and over. Just not intentionally. One thing it was bad at, by contrast, was helping you find duplicates -- so a big photo library quickly became an unmanageably enormous one. Snapselect intends to fix this for users of Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto -- and anyone who has tried to handle photos without using any of those programs.
Joined by Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe has released the final incarnation of Lightroom 5.7, an update to its photography workflow software. The most important addition is a promised migration tool for people switching from Aperture or iPhoto, though it does not bring in all data. Apple is slowly discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of a new Photos app for OS X Yosemite and iOS in 2015, and while Photos will be able to import Aperture libraries more fully, the program may not provide the professional-level features of something like Lightroom.
Company taking advantage of Photos late debut to win converts
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager aimed at consumers and pro-sumers called Photos (which will also -- eventually -- replace iPhoto), Adobe has seized on the opportunity to try and lure Aperture and iPhoto users to its own more advanced photo organizer, editor and manager known as Lightroom 5. After publishing a written guide to the process of converting Aperture libraries to Lightroom in August, the company has now codified the procedure in a new free plug-in.
Programs gain new look, tap into Yosemite features such as iCloud Drive, Mail Drop
In addition to updating its iWork apps for OS X to better support the formal release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite (and give the programs the signature design language of the new OS update), Apple has also updated iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand with similar changes in the user interface and back-end improvements to take advantage of Yosemite features such as Mail Drop and iCloud Drive storage. In addition, the company issued what is likely to be the last update to Aperture, making it Yosemite-compatible, and also updated iBooks Author to version 2.2.
Forthcoming Photos may not meet pro needs, at least at first
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager called Photos, Adobe has published a new guide intended to help current Aperture users switch and migrate their images and projects to Lightroom, its own pro-level image manager. While Photos, with its support of third-party plug-ins, may grow into a program that both pros and amateurs can use, its mission is aimed more at "prosumer" users.
Apple planning comprehensive replacement for iPhoto, may have some 'pro' features
In the wake of Friday's earlier announcement that it has ceased development of Aperture, Adobe has moved quickly to further reassure users of the pro photo management and editing program that it is working with Apple to offer a transition path, that it plans a "rich roadmap" for future Lightroom development and that it is "doubling down" on its existing and future products for OS X and for iOS. Lightroom 5, Adobe's Aperture alternative, is available as a standalone app or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
Software has struggled in competition with Lightroom
Development of Aperture has halted, and is instead shifting to the editing tools in OS X Yosemite's Photos app, Apple has announced. Photos -- which will actually miss the launch of Yosemite, and ship in early 2015 -- will include an option to import Aperture libraries. Compatibility updates should let Aperture run in Yosemite, but no further support is planned. Apple and Adobe are cooperating to help some users migrate to Lightroom.
Apple updates Digital Camera Raw Compatibility plug-in for iPhoto, Aperture
On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW plug-in for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 that adds compatibility with supported and new RAW camera output formats. The latest version, 5.04, adds six new cameras to its support list for users running OS X 10.8.5 or later and recent versions of Aperture (3.4.5 or higher) and iPhoto (v9.4.3 or higher). The update adds support for the Fujifilm X-E2 and X-T1, the Nikon D3300 and Nikon 1 AW1, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and the Pentax K-3. The update is now available through the Mac App Store's Software Update.
Domain names mostly connected to Aperture, FaceTime, other apps
Apple has acquired another batch domains from ICANN, reports note. The latter this week opened up access to more generic top-level domains; Apple secured 16 .camera and .photography addresses, specifically one of each for names including "aperture," "apple," "facetime," "imovie," "iphoto," "isight," "photobooth," and "retina." Apple is presumably holding the domains to prevent squatters from exploiting them.
Safari betas, new Aperture update both focus on bug fixes
Apple has issued an update to its pro-level photo management app Aperture, bringing it up to version 3.5.1 in a free update that corrects several flaws, most notably fixing Temperature & Tint White Balance so that it works correctly. For developers, Apple is now seeding two new Safari betas - one for Lion and Mountain Lion (10.7 and 10.8 respectively) and one for OS X Mavericks (10.9). The Safari betas, which are not yet officially released, focus on viewing and annotating PDF files, along with password autofill troubleshooting.
RAW update makes minor tweaks
In the wake of OS X Mavericks' release, Apple has already posted three related software updates. The first is Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.09. The code adds iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3 support for Olympus' PEN E-P5 camera, and brings back lens correction for Sony RX100 photos. It also solves bad white balance for Nikon images edited by third-party apps.
Adds one new camera, corrects lens and white balance issues, more
Alongside other OS X and security updates on Thursday, Apple also released updated drivers for Epson scanner and fax models, as well as a small update to its Digital RAW Compatibility file for iPhoto and Aperture. The RAW Compatibility update follows on the heels of the recently-released version 4.08, and adds support for only one camera, the Olympus PEN E-P5, but also restores lens correction to images shot by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and addresses a white balance issue with some Nikon images modified by third-party apps.
Other minor tweaks for Apple's pro-level photo-management app
Shortly after releasing an update to iTunes, Apple also unveiled a minor update to Aperture, its pro-level photo-management and editing program. Like the previous few updates, version 3.4.5 fixes a few issues and includes the usual stability improvements. The new update corrects an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when deleting items from a camera or memory card after import, as well as ejects memory cards correctly when using the Delete Items option after import.
Photo Stream, Facebook, Nikon P7700 Raw issues addressed
On Tuesday amidst a slew of small updates, Apple has posted new versions of its photo-management and editing software programs iPhoto (now at version 9.4.3) and Aperture (now at v3.4.4). Both are designed to address an handful of specific issues in each program, along with the usual stability and performance improvements. Both also require OS X 10.7.5 (for Lion users) or 10.8.2 (for Mountain Lion users) as a minimum. Apart from that, the two updates address entirely different areas to resolve known issues.
Belkin accepting Ultimate Keyboard Case pre-orders
Belkin has announced that its Ultimate Keyboard Case for the iPad is now available for pre-order. Slated to begin shipping in May, the Ultimate Keyboard Case measures 6.4mm thick and offers a machined aluminium alloy base for durability. Magnet sensors built directly in the case turn the keyboard off automatically when the case is closed, saving battery life and allowing users to instantly access the onscreen keyboard when necessary. Pre-orders can be placed through Belkin's online store, with the Black model costing $100 and the Silver model set at $130.
Suggests naming scheme taking after Final Cut
A book listing on Amazon.ca suggests that Apple is at work on a new version of Aperture, AppleInsider remarks. The listing is titled "Apple Aperture X - under NDA: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers," and mentions a March 1st release date. It appears to be a placeholder though, as the description talks about Aperture 3, and "under NDA" is a reference to a non-disclosure agreement that Amazon and/or the publisher appear to have broken.
Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony cameras added or improved
Apple has released a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, version 4.02, for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11. The new version improves the compatibility of the two applications with a number of new camera models that take pictures in RAW format. Models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony are among those included in the update, which is just 5.04MB in size. The update works with the now-combined iPhoto and Aperture libraries, meaning only one update needs to be issued for users of both -- or either -- programs.
Program requested serial number on every launch
Apple has released an update to its pro photography program, Aperture, bringing it to version 3.4.3. The update exists to fix a single, specific problem: for some users, the program would prompt for a serial number on every launch. The update is available through Software Update for version 3.4.x running on OS X 10.7.5 and higher, or 10.8.2 and higher. The correction comes on the heels of version 3.4.2, released at the beginning of the month, which brought a number of new features to Aperture.
Safari update is for ML only, includes security fixes
[Update: details on Safari update added] Late on Thursday, Apple updated its two photo-oriented programs iPhoto and Aperture, to versions 9.4.2 and 3.4.2 respectively. Both share some commonalities in the updates, but Aperture in particular has addressed a number of issues and enhancements with the new version. In addition, the company issued a small, security-oriented update of Safari 6, which now at v6.0.2 (and currently only available from the Mac App Store) exclusively -- thus far -- for users of Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and higher.
Aperture, iPhoto get Mountain Lion compatibility
On top of today's other software updates, Apple has also pushed updates for Aperture, iMovie, and iPhoto. The Aperture and iPhoto updates notably add support for OS X Mountain Lion, which was launched earlier today. In the case of iPhoto, this means that sharing options now include Messages and Twitter.
Adds support for just two cameras
Apple has released a minor Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update for OS X, v3.14. The patch is smaller than most in fact, adding support for just two more cameras: the Canon Rebel T4i -- also known as the EOS 650D or the Kiss X6i -- and the Sony Alpha SLT-A37. Installing the software allows the cameras' RAW formats to be read in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.
Listing seeks coders with OS X, iOS experience
Recently-uncovered job listings seems to indicate that Apple is looking to bring a version of its pro-photography program Aperture to iOS. The listings show that Apple's Aperture team is looking to bring on user-interface engineers, managers, and software coders with experience working in the iOS environment. Experience in programming for iOS is listed as a key requirement in the listing, which seems to suggest that the listing is aimed at bringing in talent to eventually produce an iOS app, AppleInsider reports.
Top-end Pro moves to Retina display
Presenting at its WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple today announced new MacBook Pro and Air models. The flagship system is a new, ultra-thin 15-inch Pro, just 0.71 inches thick, and 4.46 pounds. It also makes an upgrade to a Retina display, with a resolution of 2880x1800 and a 220ppi pixel density. The screen is also said to have a higher contrast ratio, better viewing angles, and reduced glare. To match, all the stock apps in OS X Lion have been updated to support the screen, as have Aperture and Final Cut Pro.
Maintenance release fixes Viewer functionality
Apple on Thursday released a minor maintenance update for its photo-editing software, Aperture. Version 3.2.4 is said to improve stability when operating in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The update also resolves an issue that sometimes prevented the Viewer from correctly updating after a photo had been modified in an external editor.
Pushes users to Mac App Store
Apple has removed trial versions of Aperture and the iWork suite from its website, reports observe. In both cases, users are now being asked to visit the Mac App Store and pay for full products. "The trial version of iWork is no longer supported. But you can easily purchase Keynote, Pages, and Numbers from the Mac App Store to start creating beautiful presentations, documents, and spreadsheets today," the US iWork page reads.
Makes rare backtrack on earlier code
Apple is pushing out two new patches to Mac users via Software Update. Of these the most critical is Java for OS X 2012-002, which actually replaces 2012-001, released earlier this week. Apple rarely outright removes an earlier update; 001 may have had a critical bug or security flaw that was somehow missed in a rush put out the code, which was meant to combat the Flashback Trojan.
RAW update adds Nikon D800 only
Apple has issued a rare minor update to its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility support for iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3, adding only a single camera model: the Nikon D800, announced in early February but only now finding its way to store shelves. The update, now at v3.1.1, will be available automatically through Software Update or users can download it directly from Apple's support site.
Adds support for eight new cameras
Apple has posted an update for iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3 to add new camera compatibility. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update v3.10 adds support for models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony and a total of eight new cameras. Notably missing from the list of compatible cameras is the Fujifilm X10, a well-reviewed mid-range camera we tested earlier this week. The update requires Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or OS X Lion 10.7.1 or later.
Latter can now delete photos from Photo Stream
Late today Apple has updated almost all Epson printer drivers with built-in support for Snow Leopard and Lion, and has posted a minor update to its pro-photography tool Aperture to grant it the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream, an iCloud feature that can be set to wirelessly copy photos from mobile devices to desktop and notebooks and vice versa. The Epson update is number v2.9, while Aperture is now v3.2.3.
Windows Phone 7 Connector updates for 7.5
Mac users running Windows Phones received a major update to Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac (Mac App Store) this weekend to better accommodate Windows Phone 7.5 phones like the Focus Flash. The new update now lets users transfer the custom ringtones enabled by the OS update and also links up with Windows Phone Marketplace. Pro photographers can now sync with Aperture instead of just iPhoto.
Paint Mask, brush slider get tweaks
Tiffen has released v3.0.5 of Dfx, its effects suite for photo and video editing. The upgrade critically adds support for Avid's new 64-bit editing tools, including Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10. Also newly supported is a host of Sony cameras. The list includes DSLRs like the A550, A580, A700, A850, and A900, but also the NEX-3, NEX-5/5N, NEX-C3, and several SLT-series cameras: the A33, A35, A55V, A65V, and A77V. Remaining cameras on the list are the XCD-SX910CR and the STV680 VGA.
Supports new cameras from Nikon, Sony, Olympus
Apple has posted a new Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, v3.9. The patch extends support for different RAW formats within Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. Newly supported camera lines include Nikon's 1 J1, 1 V1, and CoolPix P7100, as well as Sony's NEX-5N, Alpha SLT-A65, and Alpha SLT-A77, and Olympus' PEN E-PL1s, PEN E-PL3, and PEN E-PM1.
Aperture update makes small number of bugfixes
Apple has released a trio of software updates, beginning with Aperture 3.2.1. The patch is said to fix just four issues, the most critical being one that caused the software to suddenly quit while running on a Core Duo processor. Also eliminated are glitches that caused the Crop tool to malfunction, a rendering issue when cropping with Onscreen Proofing on, and bad display of location menus on the map in the Places view.
Adds Sony, Samsung, Panasonic cameras
Apple has posted Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8, a new add-on for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard. The download expands the number of native RAW formats supported by iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3. RAW files represent unprocessed photo data, unlike the JPEGs many cameras default to.
Directs traffic to Mac App Store
Apple has discontinued boxed copies of several Mac software titles, a note to resellers reveals. Major titles that are now online-only include Aperture 3, Xsan 2, iWork '09 and the iLife '11 suite. Remote Desktop is also being kept off shelves, along with an assortment of Jam Pack add-ons for GarageBand.
Plug-in suite v3 adds mask, text, wavelet layers
Human Software has launched Edit 3, adding layer support to the Aperture plug-in suite. Version 3.0 allows layers in Aperture, as well as Adobe's Lightroom program, supporting size and rotation adjustments, opacity controls, blending and masking via brushes and paths. The toolbox has numerous path tools that work with the new layers, including Bezier or BSpline tools for shadowing, shape tools and repeats. Text and wavelet layers are new, while other tools in the set can liquify and distort images on a specific layer.
iPhoto, brushes fixed
Apple is now distributing a minor update for Aperture, 3.1.2. The patch is said to improve "overall stability and performance," as well as correct three specific glitches. The first involves problems with importing libraries from iPhoto. Similarly, Apple has also addressed reconnecting referenced master images.
Updated for CS5, FCP, Aperture, Lightroom
Red Giant Software has brought out a new suite of seven professional plug-ins for Adobe's CS5 applications and Final Cut Pro called Effects Suite 10, and has also updated their Magic Bullet Photolooks to v1.5, now adding support for Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom as well as Photoshop CS5.
Improved reliability when upgrading libraries
Apple has released an update to its photography software, Aperture. Version 3.1.1 brings several bug fixes, improving compatibility with the iLife Media Browser and reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries. The update also addresses an issue that had caused problems when publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr.
Includes next-generation Genuine Fractals
Perfect Photo Suite, the collection of digital image-enhancement tools from OnOne Software, has been updated to v5.5, including updates to almost all the components of the collection, a new version of Genuine Fractals now called Perfect Resize 7, along with the ability to run most of the suite's components in Apple's Apertureor Adobe's Lightroom without the need for a separate host application -- and in some cases, as their own standalone apps. The suite will also include a new product, Perfect Layers, which will ship early next year.
Latest versions bring list of bug fixes
Apple has released updates to its Aperture photography utility and ProKit suite of professional applications. Aperture 3.1 offers improvements to stability and overall performance, while adding compatibility with iLife '11. The software also brings a long list of bug fixes for problems relating to importing, face detection, rendering, red eye correction, slideshows and GPS data.
Fixes for Team Fortress 2, Portal
Apple has released a graphics update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The download brings stability and performance improvement for a variety of applications and games. Frame rate issues have been addressed in Portal and Team Fortress 2 on certain Macs, while a crash bug has been fixed in Aperture 3 and StarCraft II.
New version supports OAuth authentication
Blue Crowbar has upgraded its software for exporting tweets and photos to Twitter, renaming the software TwitExport 2. The original software was split between iPhoto and Aperture as plug-ins for each, then named iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter. It allows users to send a photo or a batch of photos from either Mac imaging software title to Twitter via Mobypicture or TwitPic. It also supports Aperture 3's 64-bit mode and sending movies from iPhoto.