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Aperture is described as 'photo editing and management computer program developed by Apple Inc. for the OS X operating system' and is a Photo Manager in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Aperture for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is digiKam, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Aperture are darktable, Adobe Lightroom, RawTherapee and Shotwell.

Aperture alternatives are mainly Photo Managers but may also be Image Viewers or Image Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Aperture.
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Aperture is a photo editing and management computer program developed by Apple Inc. for the OS X operating system.

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  1. digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.

    ⚫︎ File TaggingdigiKam can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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  2. darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingdarktable supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfacedarktable either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    all of aperture and lightroom in one app

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    Adobe Lightroom

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Create incredible photos anywhere with all-new Lightroom CC and 1 TB of cloud storage. Get powerful editing features on any device in a new, easy-to-use interface.

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    Switching from Apeture to Lightroom was super easy the systems are very similar and both easy to operate!

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  4. RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time.

    ⚫︎ PortableRawTherapee can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Running on Windows 10 under GTK3
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    Raw Therapee is mainly a RAW converter, while Aperture is a full size photo management software

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    Shotwell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment.

    ⚫︎ File TaggingShotwell can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ LightweightShotwell consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    The Aperture Java Framework is a connector to content storage repositories not a photography application.

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    Polarr

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    From high-precision light and color tools, to advanced clarity and dehaze settings, to the ability to create and save your own filters. Polarr is the ideal photo editor for bloggers, students, and photo professionals alike.

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  7. ACDSee is a complex, multi-purpose application that serves for viewing, organizing and editing digital photos. Furthermore, images can be shared on social websites or your own space on the developer’s website.

    ⚫︎ Support for 4KACDSee Photo Studio supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
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  8. gThumb is an image viewer and browser for the GNOME Desktop. It also includes an importer tool for transferring photos from cameras.

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  9. Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor iPhoto .

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    This alternative is disputed. Apple Photos is still a legitimate alternative to Aperture, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Handicapped version of Aperture

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    Editing option are very limited. No good for the professional.

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    Adobe Photoshop Elements

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Windows S

    Adobe Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in beautiful, personalized creations for print and the web; and easily find and view all your photos.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersAdobe Photoshop Elements supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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