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Is Apple’s Aperture closing? April 28, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Mac, Photography, Technology.

As reported in this story posted by Think Secret, Apple's software development team that wrote the Aperture photo cataloging and editing application is being disbanded. Some of the programmers have been moved to other software projects. Other project members have been set free – allowing them to work on other vendor's projects.

What has people wondering is whether the Aperture program, which is only at version 1.1, will have any future. It's been said that the underlying design and foundation is so flawed that any future development will need to begin by overhauling the software to fix many of its problems.

This is surprising and disappointing news. I have been planning to purchase a copy of Aperture to catalog and organize my digital photo library. I have seen the many Aperture demos on Apple's web site and was very impressed with its features and easy-to-use interface. Even now, I can't help but think it would be ten times better than iPhoto, which is what I have been using. I know, it's not the same thing, but it is what I'm using to house my digital photos until something better comes along.

Provided Apple doesn't abandon Aperture and make it an orphan product, I will be purchasing a copy by this summer.



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