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Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by bsamcash, Apr 4, 2016.
Because if not, Google just made it viable again by releasing the Nik Collection for free!
Free NIK doesn't change Aperture into a viable App, the impending non-OS support means it isn't viable for many already, NIK or no NIK.
I use it as my main photo app and if 10.12 is not compatible with it I won't upgrade.
I'm not still using Aperture and I'm very happy that I moved on to Lr & Ps.
Aperture works fine with 10.11.4 so I'm still using it. I've used it since Aperture 2.0 and can play it like a piano and am not keen on switching to LR. Sadly, I see the writing on the wall and may switch to Canon DPP and PS (or Affinity) when Apple stops supporting Aperture at the system level with 10.12 or whatever. I have a new EOS 80D and there is no Apple RAW support yet and I found DPP/PS a pretty effective combo once I got used to the quasi-LR interface of DPP.
Incidentally, I installed the Nik Collection and it work great in PhotoShop and Affinity as a plugin, so Aperture isn't needed to enjoy Nik.
I still use it on occasion, although it's painful and I only do so if I have to. I did have some Aperture-edited images that I thought I'd continue to need Aperture for, but that's proving not to be so necessary, as modern image editing applications seem to produce better results with the original than I got with Aperture. Some of that is just that I have more presets, plugins, tools, etc in modern applications, and some is that I am just sorta re-seeing the image, but still: less need to even keep it on the machine. I already deleted tons out off it's library.
If you do continue to use it, even if you plan to never ever upgrade to new hardware or system software (good luck with that), have a plan B. Having dealt with old machines that died and then with the old software that could only run on systems that can no longer function on current Mac models, I can say it's a nightmare (a colleague who waited too long with tons of business documents in Appleworks eg).
I'm using Affinity Photo for adjustments now, it's pretty nice but doesn't have a library feature, but it does have extensions for Photos.
Rarely, I been trying out some alternatives, and so far I really like Affinity.
I had been sticking with Aperture (and Nik) until recently, and intended on doing so until it was no longer supported or reliably ran on future versions of OS X. However the move by Apple to remove the option to use their print services was the final deal breaker for me. I produce a couple books every year and sent them to Apple for printing. I wasn't thrilled, but I decided to give Photos on OS X a fair shake and came to realize that it gives me the tools I need. I am after all simply a hobbyist. I've found the plugins available from Macphun to be excellent.
Photo's is definitely not Aperture reincarnated, but for me it was a suitable alternative. Lightroom still doesn't do it for me.