Jul 7, 2014 — by: Karl Johnson

LrqThe announcement that Photos for the Mac will replace iPhoto and Aperture have left many upset and unsure where to go. Many are looking to Lightroom and Adobe is happy to help. Adobe has many plans for Lightroom, but not all will benefit the user.

Adobe has recently moved to a subscription service for almost all of their applications under their Creative Cloud. Lightroom is one application that is available both on the Creative Cloud and standalone. Lightroom for the iOS is only available on the Creative Cloud. The question is not if Adobe will move Lightroom for the Mac to the Cloud only, but when. The cost may be cheaper than the $10 a month it is right now, which is for both Photoshop and Lightroom. Still, most don’t want to subscribe to software.

Adobe does not have a monopoly on the photography market like they do on the professional graphic design market. There are a lot of great photography tools out there today. These applications continue to improve at a faster rate than Adobe updates their applications. The longer users can wait, the more options they will have in replacing Aperture.

For users who are still using Aperture as their RAW converter, editor, and photo manager, the best option is to wait. Users should first wait and see what Apple has in store for Photos for the Mac. Other developers are hard at work and waiting to see what they come up with in the next six months may prove beneficial. Developers now know there is a hole opening up and a lot of Aperture users are looking for another tool. Adobe is the first to jump on the bandwagon and offer an easy path, but they won’t be the last. Aperture still works, so it is best to keep using it and see what other options become available. Adobe and Lightroom will always be there ready to take your money if one chooses to switch.

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