Apple has announced that it is ceasing development of its Aperture photo editing application. The company will instead be redirecting customers to the upcoming Photos for OS X, which will be included in the next version of Mac OS X (Yosemite).

The upcoming Photos for OS X application, running on Mac OS X 10.10 ('Yosemite')

A company representative told DPReview "with the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.

Aperture on OS X Yosemite will support Raw v6, meaning new Raw support added to OS X will be available to Aperture users on Yosemite."

This certainly bodes well for Adobe, since even more Aperture users are likely to defect to Lightroom.

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