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Apple's announcement last week that it would discontinue its beloved Aperture photo editing software came as a shock to many; it seemed as though the company was partially turning its back on the creative crowd that's been faithful to it for so long. The Photos app, it seems, would lack many of the stronger program's features. But an updated article at Ars Technica today suggests we may not need to worry; the bulk of Aperture's editing tools may be making their way into the enhanced Photos app that was announced at this year's WWDC.
Ars Technica managed to get a statement out of Apple itself, which gives some idea of what we could expect when the new Photos app goes live. In Ars' words, "When asked about what Aperture-like features users can expect from the new Photos app, an Apple representative mentioned plans for professional-grade features such as image search, editing, effects, and most notably, third-party extensibility."
MacRumors points out that Apple already revealed some of these features in their presentation for the new Photos app at WWDC. In one shot in particular, viewers could see a number of settings that recall some of the tools available through Aperture, such as Light (Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Brightness, Contrast, Blacks), Color (Saturation, Contrast, Cast), Black & White (Hue Strength, Neutral Boost, Photo Tone, Grain), Definition, Vignette, White Balance, and Levels.
The Cupertino company claims that Aperture users will be able to import their photo libraries into enhanced Photos app when it goes live. Details are scarce, but it's believed we'll see it sometime early next year.
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