“The recent abrupt discontinuation of Apple’s Shake professional compositing software has left fans of the company’s professional photography workflow tool, Aperture, nervous about the future of that product too. On many user forums people are discussing Aperture with an impending sense of doom. It’s been quite some time since Aperture was updated, and reports from the internet suggest that many users have left the software in favor of Adobe’s rival product, Lightroom,” Thomas Fitzgerald blogs. “So should Aperture users be worried?”
Fitzgerald writes, “In a word, no. There are some pretty big differences between the situation with Aperture and the situation with Shake. Shake was a very old piece of software that Apple had bought and continued to develop. However, development on it had pretty much stopped when Apple lowered the price of it a few years ago. Since then the product has been on life support. Recently all marketing efforts for Shake had been ceased and there hasn’t been a service upgrade for it in a long time. People were surprised primarily because rumor sites had suggested that Apple had been working on a replacement for Shake, but unfortunately this never materialized. With Aperture however Apple are still actively marketing the software.”
Fitzgerald writes, “What’s more, Aperture received a maintenance upgrade in March of this year, and Raw support has continued to be added through operating system upgrades and system patches… I highly doubt Aperture is going away. Despite it’s troubled birth I suspect that the software is still actively being developed as we speak. Unfortunately Apple’s lack of communication on any level is not helping.”
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