So, Adobe have finally confirmed they are working on a tool to help migrate photo collections from Aperture and iPhoto. The news has not come out via the standard Lightroom Journal but through this mini-site Make the move from Aperture to Lightroom which includes a link to a quick migration guide (PDF):
At Adobe, we’re working on a migration tool to help you bring your photos into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from Aperture, but if you’re eager to switch before the tool is ready, this guide can help ease your transition. We recognize that this migration may be a challenging process and offer the following resources and methodology to help get you up to speed with Lightroom and provide a road map for successfully migrating your photos.
It’s no surprise. As I’ve said before, after LR4′s release a publisher mistakenly put online a book excerpt describing a new feature to import Aperture and iPhoto libraries – a feature which wasn’t in Lr4 when it was actually released. The underlying structure of Lightroom, Aperture or iPhoto hasn’t changed much since then and it makes plenty of sense to revive the tool.
But if you don’t want to wait, you can move your own photos now with my Moving from Aperture to Lightroom article. It remains the best guide out there, but we often benefit from alternative explanations of any topic, so also look at Adobe’s migration guide and William Beem’s Aperture To Lightroom Migration Guide which explains why he’s moving now rather than waiting:
Some are holding out hope that the new Photos application demonstrated at WWDC 2014 will be a viable replacement for Aperture. I don’t have any such hope. My guess is that Photos will be a slower, dimwitted version of Aperture for the consumer masses shooting pictures on their iOS device. While I’m sure there is some excellent engineering going on behind the scenes, I doubt it will offer the level of organization and control that professional and serious amateurs require.
I’ve read reports that Photos may work with third party plugins and include some of the advanced features of Aperture. I’ve also read reports that it will only work with files hosted in iCloud. Such reports are, to me, nothing more than rumors.
My choice is to migrate to Lightroom now rather than wait for the next magical unicorn to appear out of Cupertino. I would not invest any money in a professional product from Apple at this time. The company has systematically shed itself of its professional products and signaled that it doesn’t want or need to be in that market.
Personally, I’m not sure I agree with moving now. It’s as if people can’t tell the difference between the Titanic, which sank without warning, and its sister ship the Britannic, which sailed on for another couple of years. It also ended up on the ocean bottom, after hitting a mine, but almost all its passengers had time to evacuate. So I would advise you that there is really no need to panic – you’ve got plenty of time to make a smooth transition.