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Approximately a month after Apple announced it is discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of the new Photos app on OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, Adobe is today taking advantage of the Apple shift with a couple of key announcements. First, Adobe has published a new website detailing the advantages of Lightroom over Aperture. More importantly, Adobe has released a comprehensive, step-by-step transition guide for moving from Aperture to Lightroom. The guide also includes some answers to frequently asked questions.

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It can be accessed here. Adobe has also announced that it working on software to bring a more automated transition experience:

At Adobe, we’re working on a migration tool to help you bring your photos into Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® from Aperture, but if you’re eager to switch before the tool is ready, this guide can help ease your transition. We recognize that this migration may be a challenging process and offer the following resources and methodology to help get you up to speed with Lightroom and provide a road map for successfully migrating your photos.

The first challenge is that the terminology, layout, and controls of the two applications are different. It’s a good idea to start processing photos in Lightroom and become familiar with it before you migrate your photos from Aperture. You can do so by taking some new photos, importing them into Lightroom, and then using Lightroom.

The new Photos app for OS X launches in early 2015, but despite Apple’s claims of significant functionality, a look at what Apple has shown about the app reveals that the functionality mostly mirrors what iOS 8 will gain in September. Adobe has also previously detailed some future Lightroom plans in order to appease professional photo editors.


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11 Responses to “Adobe developing Aperture to Lightroom migration tool, releases step-by-step transition guide”

  1. nelmat says:

    So Apple drop the ball and leave an installed user base with no alternative than to give adobe even more control over our workflow. It seems apple want to get out of software development except for operating system and basic functionality, and hand their user base to adobe. Very disappointing.


  2. c1ce091b says:

    Sorry Adobe, I’m waiting to see what the new Photo app will be, before I make a choice on migrating to a different company/application. My bet is on Apple. Besides, I don’t like your business model, so waiting is not a big deal for me. I don’t have a monthly subscription to worry about.


    • You can get Lightroom as a stand alone product, you don’t need to sing up for CC (I am assuming this is what you are referring to).

      I did not like Lightroom one bit, but after Apple’s announcement I started using it and I am slowly getting around. No where as easy as Aperture, but some really cool features there (lens correction and perspective correction being big ones…)


      • c1ce091b says:

        Yes, I am aware of their current offer. However, I’m not convinced that it will last and therefore see no future for me with this product. Also, off topic, but I don’t care for Flash and run into issues with it regularly. So, I don’t want to support them in anyway. I’ll take my business elsewhere.


  3. vmax says:

    I have to say I have no doubt Lightroom is more powerful. But I find it less easy to use than Aperture. Also, the automatic enhancement in Lightroom is often disastrous. I can also more easily get a result I want on Aperture.


    • If you’re talking about Auto Tone then yes, eeeewwww. I stopped using that a long time ago once I became more skilled with the Develop module.


    • Lightroom is far more powerful and way more modern in terms of features etc… but the file management is a complete, utter clusterf**k. I very much prefer Aperture and it’s library approach rather than the Folder + Subfolder approach that Lightroom takes.

      I can use either or just fine, though I prefer to actually manage my photo’s with Aperture. The lens profiles are a very useful part of Lightroom though. I still use Aperture more even though I’m an Adobe CC member.


      • vmax says:

        I use DxO Optics Pro for RAW conversion and I like the results much better than from CameraRAW which gave basically the same results as Lightroom.


  4. Manual added gps data doesn’t seem to be migrated.


  5. Does anybody uses Corel AfterShot Pro 2?


  6. Barb Koller says:

    Adobe talks about the development of a “tool” to make migration from Aperture to LR easier…when will the tool be released to be used?