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In the Middle


In the Middle
by Gary Woods

With the arrival of OSX 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 we got a new application called Photos. This application unifies the photo experience between iOS devices and Macs and yes even the Watch eliminating iPhoto and Aperture. At least that’s what they’d like you to do but at least they ask you it you want to convert before just taking those programs away. So, since we have a choice I thought I’d look over the new Apple offering called Photos.

The new photo librarian will be instantly familiar to you if you’ve been using iPhoto on your iOS devices displaying pictures in chronological order in very low resolution when scrolling through the thumbnails. I didn’t have any issues converting my iPhoto library to Photos but it took a little while to populate all my devices and Macs using iCloud drive to do so. But, when everything showed up it all looked the same from Mac to iPhone to iPad.

The editing tools in Photo are a step up from iPhoto but a step down from Aperture hence the title of my article “In the Middle.” If you’re a big time photo editor using a lot of Aperture’s features then you’re probably going to want to not pull the plug and convert everything from Aperture right away. For me, most of my editing is pretty simple and if it gets more involved I can always open up Photo Shop CS and get the job done.

I like the keyword searches in Photos which are very speedy and the faces and places feature seemed to work very well. If you’ve already catalogued a number of pictures you need to be aware of some structural changes that occur in transitioning to Photos. For instance, ratings are converted to keywords like “1 Star” “2 Star” etc. but EXIF metadata is retained even thought not all of it is exposed in the Watch.

For me Photos is great and I’m happy to make the move but you should definitely look before you leap on this one because once you’ve gone to Photos you’re aren’t going back.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.