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Aperture Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Aperture for Mac and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is digiKam, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Aperture and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Aperture are darktable, Adobe Lightroom, RawTherapee and ACDSee Photo Studio.

Aperture alternatives are mainly Photo Managers but may also be Image Viewers or Raw Photo Processors. 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.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitiondigiKam can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    ⚫︎ 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.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionAdobe Lightroom can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
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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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  5. 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.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionACDSee Photo Studio can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KACDSee Photo Studio supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
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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. Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor iPhoto .

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionApple Photos can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
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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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  8. Adobe Photoshop Elements icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionAdobe Photoshop Elements can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersAdobe Photoshop Elements supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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  9. Capture One is a leading raw converter and workflow software which enables photographers to reduce the time and effort required to deliver astounding ready-to-use images with excellent color and detail.

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    Corel AfterShot Pro

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    • Windows
    • Linux

    Corel AfterShot Pro is fast, flexible digital photography workflow software that combines powerful photo management, advanced non-destructive editing and complete RAW processing.

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