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Chris Mielke's picture
by Chris Mielke
October 20, 2012 - 6:42pm

I of course don't know a thing and even the rumor sites aren't predicting this, but I am wondering if something is in store for Aperture. What are my reasons? My main reason for thinking this is that the D600 doesn't yet have support for it's RAW files under Aperture. That seems a little odd. We also haven't seen a RAW update from Apple in quite some time. That also seems odd. So that makes me think there is something in the works. The last time I recall this long of a lag WITH some major cameras lacking support was when Aperture 3 dropped.

Hopefully there will be something soon. More importantly however I would take some GOOD RAW support for the Fuji X-Pro 1 camera.

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by Butch Miller
October 23, 2012 - 6:18pm

Well …. sadly no Aperture 4 love today … :(

Martin De's picture
by Martin De
October 23, 2012 - 6:29pm

B….r

Greetz, Martin

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by Chris Mielke
October 23, 2012 - 8:16pm

I was hopeful and very wrong. The very sad news is I don’t see it coming out at all this year. I’m also starting to think maybe ever. I still have to wonder why hu haven’t supported the D600. That should be a simple camera to support I would think.

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by PhotoJoseph
October 24, 2012 - 3:37am

You’re missing that there was a LOT of Aperture love today. Not only did Phil mention it about a dozen times, but it’s also featured repeatedly in the new TV ad.

Yeah… something is coming.

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by Gray Fox
October 24, 2012 - 3:41am

I was encouraged because they clearly referred to Aperture as a ‘pro’ app, several times. I’ve been worried by the iPhoto connection in the latest version.

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by PhotoJoseph
October 24, 2012 - 3:42am

Agreed Larry, I caught that too. Very nice!

-Joseph

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by PhotoJoseph
October 24, 2012 - 3:44am

OK, who wants to do a video edit cutting up all the times they referred to Aperture in the keynote? First to get that online on YouTube for me to embed on this site gets a $100 ApertureExpert credit.

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by Chris Mielke
October 24, 2012 - 3:34pm

Looks like I will have to watch the keynote. I am traveling and didn’t wach it live. Sounds like I might be able to put my pessimism behind me. The Final Cut Pro X release helped a little.

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by Butch Miller
October 24, 2012 - 4:28pm

While I don’t wish to sound dismissive … and I did notice when Aperture was mentioned yesterday … Aperture has been “mentioned” at two major recent Apple hardware announcements in the past several months … while this could be reassuring for some … we are creeping up quickly to the three year anniversary of the introduction of Aperture 3 (Lightroom is now v4.2) … the mere mention of an Application does very little to enhance, improve or streamline my workflow … I would prefer to have results and not platitudes …

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by Mike Boening
October 24, 2012 - 4:58pm

It’s not a video edit but here are the mentions and times in the video. Sounds like it is still very valid. Just hoping that the Nikon D600 RAW code is released soon though. Tough workflow options until then…
15:50
19:28
23:30
23:39
23:46
35:43
35:55

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by Scott Davenport
October 24, 2012 - 6:03pm

Challenge accepted! Posted at http://youtu.be/a8OfRe3wuuw. Embedding is turned on so you should be able to pick that up.

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by Chris Mielke
October 21, 2012 - 2:58am

If Lightroom’s support of the Fuji X-Pro 1 wasn’t so poor I would consider switching just so I didn’t have to cobble something together. I am glad for the updates that we have gotten. I happen to like the new WB tool a lot. I also have grown to like the new Shadows and Highlights tool. However, It’s time for an update.

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by Marcus
October 22, 2012 - 10:06am

I file one request a month for X-Pro 1 support via Aperture feedback, so they are probably sick of hearing from me by now.

LR support is not that bad at all for most uses I have found and it is a heap easier than the useless Silkypix they bundle with the camera - that just belongs in the trash IMV.

I actually have bought LR and use it only for my X-Pro images.

With Zeiss releasing 3 autofocus lenses for the X mount next year and Fuji with several more of their own coming out soon I am convinced the system is here to stay and that it may well have caught some of the other makers off guard by proving so popular. The new cheaper X-E1 body will help get more users on board too.

Perhaps that will be enough to persuade Apple that it is not just a flash in the pan and worthy of their support?

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by Chris Mielke
October 22, 2012 - 12:36pm

Marcus–We could hope that it does push Apple to support it.

I ended up using RPP and have cobbled some sort of workflow. I take Raw+jpg in the camera and only convert the RAW files that I want to spend some time on. In many cases the jpg’s are good enough. In Aperture I had to change back to Referenced files from Managed. For the conversion RPP does a pretty nice job, but is just as difficult to use as Silkypix….maybe more. I then export a jpg from RPP and import it into the library. It’s a FrankenWorkflow but for now it works.

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by Charles Putnam
October 20, 2012 - 7:33pm

I’m beginning to think Apple really doesn’t have any intentions to update Aperture to include some of the features (better develop settings, lens correction) that LR4 offers.

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by Butch Miller
October 20, 2012 - 8:11pm

Chris … I too am hoping for the best that Apple will include some good news for Aperture in the upcoming event … though it may only be wishful thinking … it’s time for some good news …

Charles … I too am becoming increasingly impatient as well for the other shoe to drop … for Aperture to either match or exceed Lr’s feature set in RAW development (Aperture already is vast proportions ahead in Boos and Slideshows) … it’s been far too long since the Aperture 3 was introduced … though I appreciate the small incremental improvements we have seen in the past many updates … I think most Aperture users have been expecting more from Apple …

I think maybe the bumps in the road that Apple experienced in the last go around with FCP forced them to rethink their roadmap for future offerings … thus putting them in a situation where they want to get it right the first time and not disappoint so many users … at least I keep telling myself that … :)

Several months ago it was widely reported that they were seeking to hire engineers to work on Aperture … though it was never mentioned if or how many folks Apple hired … I hope it won’t be too much longer before we see something significant …

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by PhotoJoseph
October 24, 2012 - 6:35pm

Scott, you rock!

You win the $100 credit, no doubt.

Can you have a look at Mike’s time stamps above though? I think there are more references than what you found… any chance to edit the rest of those in, too?

Mike, you’re a champ for finding those… you have my email address, tell me what I can do for you too.

-Joseph

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by Scott Davenport
October 24, 2012 - 6:51pm

Hi Joseph,

Oops…I missed the one at 15:50, I’ll add that in. Should be updated on Youtube in a short while. The others are covered.

19:28 is the first verbal mention of Aperture. Pic is a boat winding through what I’m guessing is a river in Utah.

The 23:xx hits fall into the “Introducing the 13” Mac Book Pro” spot.

The 35:xx hits fall into moving Aperture into flash and the photo import speed comparisons.

If there’s others, let me know and I’ll get them edited in.

Thx,
-scott

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by Scott Davenport
October 24, 2012 - 7:15pm

Ugh…sorry for the URL churn. Doesn’t seem YouTube allows a video to be replaced. New link is http://youtu.be/3T3foD308xY. Prior link is now deleted.

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by PhotoJoseph
October 24, 2012 - 8:10pm

Thanks again Scott… here’s the result ;-)

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by Roger A Moyer
October 24, 2012 - 8:24pm

Utube video of MacBook Pro w/Retina Screen using the pro app Aperture is very interesting…. as long as you don’t need a RAW conversion upgrade. The timing just doesn’t make sense. The last upgrade was about four month ago, and there are many, me included waiting.

Thanks,

Roger

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by PhotoJoseph
October 24, 2012 - 8:55pm

Roger,

RAW updates can come at any time and are not necessarily tied to either OS updates or software updates.

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by Chris Mielke
October 24, 2012 - 10:49pm

Guess what just dropped. RAW Compatibility Update 4.01 which includes the D600. No Fuji X-Pro 1 support however.

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by Bob Rockefeller
October 25, 2012 - 9:14pm

Maybe Aperture is not dead as in no longer being maintained (bug fixes, camera RAW updates, small features). Perhaps it is dead as in there won’t be a version 4 and no major Lightroom-parity features.

Bob

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by PhotoJoseph
October 25, 2012 - 9:20pm

Robert,

That’s illogical. Would you include software (extensively!) in a multimillion dollar ad campaign and refer to it repeatedly in front of the press at a major product launch if you knew you were never going to update it again? I don’t think so.

-Joseph

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by Bob Rockefeller
October 25, 2012 - 9:33pm

I suppose they might update it again one day. Maybe in a year? Maybe in two? They “showed it off” at the 15” MacBook Pro retina announcement, too.

In the meantime their Pro users can use it on the new Mac Pros. Oh, wait!

Bob

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by Jim Burgess
October 25, 2012 - 10:58pm

I would also like to add that Apple has used the “pro” word recently in ads, Tuesday’s keynote, and by Tim Cook himself regarding the Mac Pro update in 2013. There’s been a lot of negative noise on the internet about Apple abandoning the pro market, and they now seem to be pretty aggressive in disputing that. If Aperture were going away, why would they keep referring to it as a “pro” solution?

Could be the reason for the delay is that they are coming out with a totally new version that will make the competition finally take notice, and that takes time. And the last thing Apple wants to do is a repeat of the FCP X fiasco.

Well, we can all hope for that, anyway.

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by Butch Miller
October 26, 2012 - 2:34am

What puzzles me is, in recent history Apple hasn’t been able to keep a secret very well for almost anything … even FCP was heavily rumored prior to the actual release … so far not even a hint about anything significant on a new version of Aperture …

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by Martin De
October 22, 2012 - 8:01pm

On Amazon I found a link to a book on Aperture 4, to be released on 25 October :-)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Aperture-Unleashing-Photo-Workflow/dp/1133…

There is still hope!

Kind regards,
Martin

Greetz, Martin

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by Butch Miller
October 22, 2012 - 8:12pm

Martin … unfortunately that book has been listed by online publishers and booksellers for over a year now with progressively advanced publication dates … each date comes and goes with a new advanced date suggested … in fact it no longer shows up on Amazon US at all … I hope it could be correct this time … but it has not been a very reliable measuring stick thus far … :(

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