Apple drops Aperture


In a move that underscores Apple’s [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”] focus on broad mass markets — as opposed to the customers in small professional and creative markets who kept it alive during its darkest hours — the company announced Friday that it had ceased development on Aperture, its premier photo editing and image-management software.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” Apple said in a statement to Fortune. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

Whether Photos for OS X is sufficiently robust to handle the terabytes of raw photo files professional and advanced amateurs regularly produce remains to be seen.

Well-received when it was first released in 2005, Aperture was soon challenged and then overtaken by Adobe’s [fortune-stock…

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Which AirPort Extreme Router Should You Choose?

Link of the Week >> Not All Airport Extremes Are Created Equal

With a sudden onslaught of interns and recent college grads at the JFP, I’m finding our one sad little wireless hotspot — a Belkin router that seems limited to 802.11g speeds — is cramping everyone’s style.

Not only are our wireless connections running slowly (in particularly the MacBook Airs in the office that have not Ethernet alternative), but every once in a while the router just gives up and I’ve got to go restart it.

So, I decided it was time to upgrade. And while I had my heart set on a Apple router, the price tag can scare anyone who (a.) has taken a fleeting glance at third-party routers on Amazon and (b.) can do math.

The story linked above was very helpful in encouraging me to believe that we could get away with a fourth generation Airport Extreme router, which I just bought from eBay for $50 shipped. I’ll post an updated once it’s unpacked and in the office, but I’m already looking forward to the dual antennas and “guest” access mode.