I am quite shocked as to how many people actually care that Aperture isn't going to be supported anymore. I don't use Aperture, I use Lightroom on the Mac and until a few minutes ago, I didn't know anyone who used Aperture. My understanding is that Aperture hasn't seen an update in quite a while so I guess my question is, why be all upset at Apple now? If you were using Aperture and liked it, keep using it till you can't anymore then migrate.The people like me who were holding out on Aperture were waiting for "Aperture X", i.e. a complete overhaul of the application like Final Cut Pro and Logic received. Seems that we have to change to Lightroom after all.
How is Lightroom on the Mac anyhow? From some years back I remember Adobe software being really crappy Carbon-based legacy-ware, many bugs, slow, unintuitive. Is Adobe software from today state-of-the-art 64-bit Cocoa? With good usability?
The funny thing is, my decision to use LightRoom had nothing to do with features or benefits. I am usually an Apple Fan Boy and I eat anything Apple Unfortunately for Apple, when Aperture was released, I was rocking an Apple eMac (remember those?) and the system requirements for Aperture were beyond my hardware. Enter LightRoom which had no problems playing on my eMac. I was growing as a photographer, was learning that RAW was the way to go, and I don't think back then iPhoto did RAW. So, my decision was made for me. If I had a more powerful Mac back then, I probably would have went down the Aperture path.