The Cloud Kit-savvy Photos future of Apple’s iPhoto and Aperture

“At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here’s how the new extensions will change photo editing on both platforms, where the new Photos app will replace today’s iPhoto and Aperture,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“At last month’s WWDC, Apple outlined its new App Extensions architecture with particular attention given to one specific application of Extensions: Photo Editing,” Dilger reports. “Third party developers can now build Extensions that are designed to edit photos (or video) within the Photos app. This incorporates the non-destructive editing features introduced with Aperture, while at the same time effectively opening up the stock Filters feature iOS 7 introduced.”

Dilger reports, “The new Extensions feature isn’t the only major advance for Photos in iOS 8: Apple also dramatically improved upon its existing (and somewhat confusing) iCloud Photo Stream implementation.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Apple axes Aperture and iPhoto, says new Photos app for OS X is the future – June 28, 2014
Apple pulls plug on Aperture – June 27, 2014
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  1. So does this mean that the Nik plug-ins I invested so heavily in for Aperture could be re-tunes for the Photos app? I know they are Google now, but I already had bucks invested.

    1. Are you asking if Nik will go that path, or are you asking whether your investment in past work on their part will allow you to acquire the fruits of their current efforts for free?

      I suspect Nik will jump at moving their fine work to the new model. I also suspect Nik will charge for those extensions so they can pay the employees who produced it.

    2. it would be a wise investment to get away from Gaagle, i say pay for the freedom and be happy, but hope Nik is not in the pocket of the info thief’s

      Plus, the same functionality may be available for a buck on the app store in no time!

      someone care to write a program that will port Aperature plug ins to Photo? should be fairly easy with Swift !-)

  2. Another great article by AppleInsider. Awesome roadmap for photo editing on Mac and iOS. I wonder if this will end up being a back-door replacement for Photoshop. Hmm…

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