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30 April 2019

In a support document published yesterday, Apple advised Aperture users to migrate their libraries to Photos or Lightroom Classic because "Aperture won't run in versions of the Mac operating system after macOS Mojave."

The company explained:

In June 2014, Apple announced the discontinuation of development of Aperture. Since that time, Apple has released five major macOS updates. For technical reasons, Aperture will not run in future versions of macOS after macOS Mojave. To continue working with your Aperture photo libraries, you must migrate them to the Photos app included with macOS or migrate them to Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Step-by-step instructions for migrating Aperture libraries to either Apple's own Photos application or Adobe's Lightroom Classic are include in the support document.

The document also includes links to other articles explaining the trade-offs.

Update (1 May ): Adobe Lightroom product manager Sharad Mangalick has posted Migrate From Aperture to Lightroom Classic. The article points to more information about the company's "Aperture migrator that imports your images and key organizational metadata into Lightroom Classic."

Jordan Bush posted Switching to Capture One Pro From Aperture -- Photography Workflow some time ago detailing that process. And Capture One has a Migration page with more recent information.

There are even more options if you prefer to use the Lightroom migration from Aperture as an intermediate step.

Alien Skin published a tutorial on its Lightroom to Exposure Migration Tool and Jay Smollack posted Migrating From Lightroom to Exposure x3 From Alien Skin on his blog.

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