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Apple is reportedly ending development of its Aperture photo-tweaking software.

The iThing maker said on Friday, via The Loop, that it will be ending development of Aperture and, starting next year, migrating users to its Photos application.

Designed as a pro counterpart for iPhoto, Aperture was introduced in 2005. The application allows users to perform post-production edits on photos. The software, intended for advanced amateur and professional photographers, costs $79.99 on the App Store.

Apple unveiled an overhaul of its photo software at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, held in San Francisco earlier this month. The company said its Photos software will arrive later this year alongside the general release of iOS 8 and Yosemite, and will replace existing photo applications for both OS X and iOS devices.

Adobe wasted no time in seeking to pull customers away from the soon-to-be defunct Aperture camp. Shortly after the Loop report surfaced, the Photoshop maker published a blog post by digital imaging vice-president Winston Hendrickson, who touted the virtues of Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography software.

Hendrickson said the Photography Bundle includes Photoshop and Lightroom editing tools, and would support OS X, Windows and iOS devices. ®

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