With the official announcement of the pending demise of Aperture, over the past day, I was more than a little dismayed, upset and even felt a little betrayed by Apple.
Since then I have had time to reflect, read and ponder further the ramifications of the situation. Additionally, I was reading up on the new features/improvements/updates for Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 last evening. It resulted in a renewal in my understanding of how Apple implements foundations for the future.
I feel better about the future of utilizing Apple imaging software (under any name) for my needs as a professional going forward. Though I will need to actually see and test the feature set before making a final decision.
I have decided that I am not going to make any hasty decisions or migrate my workflow away from Aperture until I can accurately assess what Apple has in the works.
1. This announcement has not stopped Aperture from functioning. It works the same today as it did before this announcement so there is no need to panic and flee to a lesser offering. (Hey, the other options must be “lesser” or I would already be using them, right?) Apple clearly stated they will support Aperture for Yosemite so that gives us all about 1.5-2 years to observe before making any decisions detrimental to our workflow needs.
2. Based upon what I have witnessed in the evolution of FCP X … even with it’s rocky start … is a bona fide effort to simplify and master the art of all that is good about a Library/Project/Event workflow and how it’s roots will be based in the OS as now FCP 10.1.2 can take advantage of Labels, tags/keywords applied by OS X Mavericks … I speculate that Yosemite will extend this ability further … so as to simplify the process across all Apple apps and even third party solutions.
3. Joseph’s comment: “Everything could be based on PhotoKit. It is now for iOS, but that same thing could happen in OSX. That would mean seamless integration between iOS and OS X, and unheard of third part developer access. We saw the new raw processing engine with lens correction and phenomenal noise reduction, for example, in WWDC sessions. All the groundwork is in place for an amazing experience.”
4. From Derrick Story: “So, here’s what I think. First, in order to incorporate iCloud, OS X, and iOS, Apple had to build from the bottom up. The evolution might follow what we’ve n seen with Final Cut X - solid, but basic feature set initially that grows in complexity over time. My first option will be to migrate to Photos. If I don’t like it, I hop over to Lightroom. In the meantime, I’m sitting pat.”
5. From Thom Hogan: “So I’m not panicking at all. What Jim posted (reference to a statement by Jim Dalrymple of the Loop) is 100% consistent with the publicly available information about Apple’s next steps, and does not necessarily mean that if you’re using Aperture you’re going to be screwed soon. It very well may mean that we’re getting closer to the workflow that we all want.”
6. If the digital imaging world as we know it does in fact end and I must migrate to another solution, doing so later will likely be easier as I can take advantage of the knowledge of the successes and failures in the process of those who passed before me. So, there really is no rush to venture forth in that respect.
For now, staying the course has no peril of consequence that did not exist prior to yesterday. So, I too am “standing pat.”