Hi all, I love apple aperture still but curious what other people have migrated to. There are so many these days. I need one that does .cr2 ( canon raw ) and does what aperture does. Any help you can give me would be great. Thank you.
Your very best bet to approximate and replace Aperture is the Adobe Photography Plan. For ten bucks a month, you get the FULL versions of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CLASSIC (that's what you want), plus Lightroom (Adobe Cloud sharing version for Macs, Windows PCs, iPads...), and Adobe Bridge. I use it daily, with Lightroom CLASSIC as the hub of my entire workflow.
ALTERNATIVELY, for about $125, you can use Apple Photos and combine it with both Gentlemen Coders' Raw Power,* and Serif Affinity Photo 2.
*Raw Power is the raw developing engine from Apple Aperture, enhanced and advanced, but without the digital asset management features. It is written by the same core people who wrote Aperture.
Both Raw Power and Affinity Photo 2 can be used as plug-ins to Apple Photos, or as stand-alone applications.
NOTE: Just about any software you buy today is going to require very recent hardware and an up-to-date MacOS to run. If your computer cannot run MacOS Ventura 13.2.1, which is current, I urge you to upgrade to a more recent model that can support it. Frankly, the new Apple Silicon M1 and M2 series SOCs are phenomenal. Any of them outrun all the old Intel Macs at most tasks, while using about 1/3 the power. Apple has made a clean break with the past.
If you have ANY 32-bit software, or software with 32-bit installers, it WILL NOT run on any version after MacOS 10.14 Mojave. With MacOS 10.15 Catalina and all later versions, only 64-bit software is supported. MacOS 11.x is the first version that runs on Apple Silicon Macs (M1, M2, etc.).