Apple’s new Aperture signals that Photoshop is no longer invulnerable

“Apple’s Aperture software may demonstrate that an intuitive workflow trumps software every time, and eat away at Photoshop’s monopoly of the image editing market in the process,” Edmund Ronald writes for Publish. “Apple’s release of Aperture seems to have caught the Photo industry by surprise. We now have a new light-table for the Raw images generated by digital SLRs.”

“Aperture is a workflow tool that will allow us to conveniently sort through the hundreds of captures generated during a single professional photo-session,” Ronald writes. “Aperture lets us stack and sort the ‘digital negatives’ much as we used to stack and sort slides.”

Ronald writes, “Now the question, as always, with Steve Jobs, is ‘what’s next?’—it’s clear that the $500 Aperture is the star turn of a new range of Photo applications, and I dare say that we will soon see a more modestly priced Aperture Express, aimed at photo enthusiasts with smaller image-sets. It’s credible that we might also see an iAperture that comes bundled with iLife on new Macs and iMacs.”

“I don’t think they’re very happy with Steve Jobs out at Adobe headquarters in San Jose,” Ronald writes. “It’s not today’s Aperture they’re afraid of; that’s clearly complementary to Photoshop. Nor are they frightened that that Aperture Express might slow the sales of Photoshop Elements. But they might be very wary of a retouching app that would follow on the heels of the Aperture lightbox… if Apple provides a new tool—call it Retouch—that will do 10 percent of what Photoshop does, but integrates seamlessly with Aperture, then many people who need to deal quickly with imagery will adopt it… Apple has done more injury to Adobe with this single announcement than Microsoft [with Metro, Sparkle, Acrylic, etc.] in one year of striving: Photoshop is invulnerable no more.”

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34 Comments

  1. “Ronald writes. “It’s not today’s Aperture they’re afraid of; that’s clearly complementary to Photoshop.”

    Okay…..at least this article holds some interesting conjecture that is not saying PhotoShop is cooked on the MAC.

    Adobe cs2 is anyway, maybe they will get a better RAW engine than the slow crappy one they have now in Bridge.

    Really, Phase One is the only company that should be worried, Capture One, Capture One, Capture One.

  2. Im sure its a good product, but having been a photoshop pro for over 12 years now, I can say that it’d peobably be one of the last apps to ever be unseated from it’s throne and rightfully so. It’s a great app, and people use it for a LOT more than just photo retouching.

  3. hammer-

    true PhotoShp is used for a hell of a lot of different things (I have been a pro-user for almost 15 years).

    Aperture does one thing and that one thing appears to blow Bridge away.

    The conversion and management of RAW.

    I have been using Capture One for several years as well, and though I think Phase One has some great software here, Aperture appears to unseat it.

    If I can use Aperture so I can use PhotoShp less, great, but I will never even try to replace PS, some reporters and “pundits” just don’t get the purpose of Aperture….hhhmmm…wonder if Enderle will write something about it….

  4. iAperture? It’s called iPhoto. Aperture is to iPhoto what Final Cut Pro is to iMovie. So, Aperture Express? I certainly hope so! Aperture is freaking awesome! Of course, it would be a lot more useful if I had a couple thousand dollar SLR…but details… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Hey, when your out to take over the world, you have to start small and build your way up – that way its harder for people to notice…….. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Aperture is not going to pull a single user from Photoshop. Where do people get these ideas? Who published this stuff?

    Apple will never put stacks and the light table in iPhoto, but an Aperture Express with these features just might have a market at $99-$199.

    Maybe after v2 comes out Apple will release an Express version.

    The level of integration between the “customer”, management, the business analysis and the developers here is just staggering to me. Aperature is an incredible example of an integrated system. The codebase must be huge. Everyone had to be on the same page from the project’s inception through completion to make a product like this.

    I’m not going to buy I, I have no need, but I respect it. The so-called analysts that don’t understand why Apple’s fan base is growing so fast and why were are so “annoying? choose your word” don’t appreciate at all the level of planning Apple puts into their products.

    I hope OS X Leopard learns some lessons here because I’m still seeing OS X as a not fully-integrated and fully-realized piece of software.

    Go Apple!

  7. Joel, you don’t want a couple thousand dollar dSLR, you want a solid dSLR with a couple thousand dollars worth of lenses! I must admit, though only an amateur, Aperature has me quite inspired in a way not typical of spftware.

  8. “That would be fly.” I really must get out of this apartment more often. I never heard that odd expression. What region uses it?

    My friend and I, both, do photography. He (still) uses a Dell and I have been on Macs forever. I have no idea how he manages to produce output with his system. I am going to get Aperture just to see him cry. Then we’ll go to the local Apple store and buy him a dual (quad?) G5.

  9. I’ll tell you exactly what will happen..

    Aperture will be for photographers… (surprise surprise)

    Photoshop will be for backroom technicians…

    I don’t want one million fancy effects.. I want quality photographs produced from a workflow that works like I do.. and Aperture delivers that like nothing before.

    Another nail banged into the Windows coffin.

  10. To Naraa Haras..

    I’ll tell you exactly what will happen..

    Aperture will be for photographers… (surprise surprise)

    Photoshop will be for backroom technicians…

    I don’t want one million fancy effects.. I want quality photographs produced from a workflow that works like I do.. and Aperture delivers that like nothing before.

    Another nail banged into the Windows coffin.

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