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ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5: the Best Alternative to Apple’s Aperture!

May 3, 2019

With Apple’s Aperture ceasing to exist this coming September (as it will be unsupported with the newest version of the MacOS10.4 Mojave), ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5 is hands down the best alternative (if we do say so ourselves).  

With perpetual pricing for Mac 5, you won’t need to pay a subscription fee. We are continuously making improvements to our Mac 5 product and have no plans to stop any time soon. ACDSee also offers superb customer support for our products with live chat, email, and phone support, as well as tutorials and resources on our website and YouTube channel.  


Apple customers will be sure to miss Aperture, as it was an exquisite digital asset manager—but there’s no need to fret as ACDSee has you covered. Many people loved that Aperture offered features such as location data, keyword management, and RAW image processingACDSee offers many of the same or very similar features, which we will discuss in detail below. 

Location Data: 

Aperture offered their customers the option to associate location data with their photos. ACDSee provides the same feature. For our Mac 5 product, location data is one of our many features offered as we understand that it may be easier for our users to search a place and find their images, such as all their vacation photos, versus having to endlessly scroll through thousands of photos.  

Asset Management: Keywords 

Don’t want to look up your photos by location? Aperture and ACDSee understand that. Aperture offered keyword searching. With Photo Studio for Mac 5, you can also assign keywords to your images for easy organization and searching 

RAW Image Processing: 

Many photographers appreciated that Apple’s Aperture supported RAW image file formats. Don’t feel that you will need to begin taking your photos in a JPEG format. If you switch over to Photo Studio for Mac 5, RAW image editing is not a feature that you need to give up. ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5 offers RAW image editing so photographers can create stunning images without losing any sensor data 

More ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5 Features:  


Auto Advance: Manage entire folders without ever moving your hands from the keyboard. With Auto Advance, adding metadata will move the focus to the next image in the File List pane, allowing you to seamlessly organize. 

Batch Add WatermarkClaim your work by adding watermarks to your images. Adjust size, position, and opacity for the perfect signature, and save your settings as a preset. Apply it to one, many, or all. 

Compare Images: Highlight the similarities and the differences in up to four images at once with the Compare Images tool. Use zooming and panning to identify which images to keep. 

RAW Parametric Power: Take your RAW images from rough sensor data to eye-catching digital art with ACDSee Photo Studio’s powerful RAW processing engine. With built-in RAW support, you’ll have the freedom to parametrically correct exposure, clarity, sharpness, lighting, color, noise, details, and much more. 

Not sold yet? Get a free 30-day trial of Photo Studio for Mac 5 here! Have any more questions on features Mac 5 offers? Let us know in the comments and we will be happy to answer them to the best of our ability, or you can contact our Customer Care Team. 



  • Ron Taube

    Is there a book or set of tutorials that will help me migrate from Aperture and use photo studio 5 for mac? I have well over a hundred thousand photos on aperture that I have already exported to an external hd, organized by year. i understand that I don’t need to import them to photo studio 5 but I’m not quite sure how I will organize them. Thank you

    • ACD Systems International

      Hi Ron, at the moment we do not offer any tutorials on how to migrate photos from Aperture to Photo Studio for Mac 5. ACDSee works with the filing system on your computer so if you input your external hard drives that you have your photos on Photo Studio will be able to access the photos. Hope this information helps, please let us know if you have anymore questions.

      • Ron Taube

        Okay I have a couple more questions. I see that you can have an external editor. When You edit using the external editor how is it saved to the original file? I tried it using Affinity as an external editor and it seemed to save it but when I tried Luminar 3 it did not. Also I see that when i want to open in Luminar 3 a photo it doesn’t even open. Other software programs have plugins but I can’t find those here. I like the catalogue but I have to be able to open my photos in Luminar or Affinity and find a way to save them back to ACDSee. Any ideas?

        • ACD Systems International

          Hi Ron, You can view the plugins that ACDSee supports here. https://www.acdsee.com/en/support/photoshop-plugins For saving your photos, ACDSee will work with your computers file system so if these files are directly saved to your computer ACDSee software will be able to find and open them. ACDSee does not hold any images in the program. When you open a file in an external editor and save, at that time, it is already out of our control, it is in the hands of the external editor (such as Affinity or Limiar 3). If you try to open Luminar 3 as an external editor and it does not load an image in Luminar 3, I would guess that Luminar 3 cannot load a picture from a 3rd party. Perhaps it only allows a picture to be open from its own. The support from Luminar 3 would be able to answer.

  • Ronald Orenstein

    My key concern is that I do not want to have to re-input thousands of keywords that I have already assigned to photos in Aperture (referenced library). Will ACDSee Photo studio import these from my existing library?

    • ACD Systems International

      If Aperture saves them in IPTC fields, then they would show up after cataloging in ACDSee. I would recommend to use the trial first.

  • Charles Rankin

    I am new at ACDsee for Mac. where do I start. I see s lot about Ultimate nothing about Mac.

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