With yesterdays announcement from Apple that they will be discontinuing their development of Aperture from this Autumn (to coincide with Yosemite), I have finally been pushed into a migration that I have been procrastinating about and dreading for the past 18 months.
I have been an Aperture user for over 3 years with a library approaching 1TB of photos dating back to the 1960’s. In addition I have an ecosystem of add ons, scripts, plugins and integrations which revolve around Aperture and for the most part this has worked very well.
I do use Photoshop for my “heavy lifting” work and the pass through from Aperture to Photoshop has been flawless but I have always felt that the relationship between the two was more akin to a seedy mistress than loving matrimony.
The only reason I had not moved to Lightroom was the dread of the work likely to be involved in the process. I have always maintained my photos in a folder structure outside of Aperture and these are a combination of the original JPEG, RAW File and any Tiff’s and PSD’s created by Photoshop, OnOne and Nik/Google (all of which I regularly use with Aperture).
The only reason I had not moved to Lightroom was the dread of the work likely to be involved in the process.
I feel confident that the original files, plus the Tiff’s and PSD’s will import to Lightroom without problems and that each of my folders (approximating to an Aperture Project) will find an equivalent home within Lightroom.
Aperture only edits are another matter however and I feel certain that these will be lost to me once the migration takes place and this is a big worry.
My intention is to start with a small test migration of one folder/project and then review the results. I will record my experiences and post to this blog so you can all share in my expected stresses.
Watch this space…….