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Adobe Lightroom plug-in eases transition from Aperture, streamlines photo library imports

Seemingly timed to coincide with the launch of OS X Yosemite, Adobe on Thursday announced availability of a Lightroom plug-in that streamlines the process of importing Aperture photo libraries.

Since Apple announced it would drop support for Aperture in June, Adobe has been looking for ways to gain marketshare at the expense of the image editing app's demise. The latest foray comes in the form of a plug-in that easily transitions existing Aperture photo libraries into Lightroom 5.6 or later.

Along with the new plug-in, Adobe is extending a free three-month subscription to photography training program KelbyOne. Membership includes the following:

  • Step-by-step training series to streamline the transition from Aperture to Lightroom
  • Full access to comprehensive training videos on Lightroom and Photoshop, lighting and photography
  • 3-month digital subscription to Photoshop User; and additional bonus content

In August, Adobe published a how-to guide for migrating from Apple's Aperture to Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is a part of the Creative Cloud Photography subscription plan, which gives users access to the latest versions of Photoshop, Lightroom and mobile imaging apps for $9.99 per month.

Most recently, Adobe revamped its iOS app library, with major updates for free apps Photoshop Sketch, Photoshop Mix, Lightroom, Color CC and Illustrator Line.

On Thursday, Apple issued what is likely one of the last updates for Aperture, making the software fully compatible with OS X Yosemite. A new Photos app, said to be a cross between Apple's pro-level Aperture and consumer-level iPhoto, is due for release in 2015.