When I first created the Aperture blog several years ago, I wanted to create a website that showed people just how great Apple's Aperture could be. Over the years the site gained a great community of readers and even spawned a book, Mastering aperture, which was very well received and garnered lots of 5 star reviews. However, as with many things in life, it's time for a change. Earlier this year, Apple announced that it would no longer be developing Aperture. Personally, as Aperture hadn't received a serious update in many years, I had already moved on, and had been using Lightroom for over a year by the time the Apple announcement came. Even then, it was still a shock when the final announcement came. However, with every cloud there is a silver lining.
I had been wondering what to do with the Aperture Blog for some time. Even without Apple's announcement of Aperture's discontinuation, without any news and updates, I had already covered pretty much everything I could think of, but I still really wanted to support the community that had grown around the blog. I had several ideas, but in the end Apple's announcement meant that my decision was made for me.
So What Now
The old Aperture blog was great because of the community of readers, and the new one is for you too. When thinking about what to do something occured to me. While there's lots of photography sites out there, there isn't any mainstream blog dedicated to Photography tools on the Mac and iOS. As the existing community are all mac based anyway, and as I figure many of you probably have iPhones or iPads too, I decided that I would take up the mantle! Therefore, the all new Aperture Blog will be dedicated to photography tools on mac and iOS. I'm going to cover apps and software, as well as other tips and tricks, whether it's applescript or automator, or even things like iOS 8's new photography tools. And of course I'll cover Photos when it gets released next year.
The new blog is going to being hosted on a nice and shiny new server. Well, actually it's being hosted on on the superb Squarespace. The upshot of this is that the new site has a new look (which is a work in progress) which is nice and clean and focusses on the content, and it loads much faster, and it's fully retina compatible. The original Aperture blog is archived here, so you can still find old articles should you need to.
What will happen to the store?
The store will be closing but because there still seems to be demand, I'm keeping some of my presets still available until Aperture is discontinued, but I'm only going to offer the complete collection as one bundle (at the current reduced price). This will be online soon. Existing customers will still be able to re-download their purchases by sending me an email, and I'll send the download links.
You can help too
The old Aperture blog was great because of the community of readers, and the new one is for you too. You can help with the new website if you want. If there's a topic that interests you or you think I might want to cover then let me know. I can't get to everything, but if it's something that I think I can report on or try out, then I'll do my best to write about it.
If you want to send a link or a story that you think we might like, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form on the contribute page.