With the newly released OS X update coming to Mac today, Apple has brought in a major change by replacing iPhoto and Aperture with Photos for Mac. The new Photos better organizes your photos into Albums, which may further be customised as per user requirements.
The new app is primarily organized four different tabs – Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects. A user can further narrow down through Moments, Collections, and Years views, an Apple feature which groups photos according to their date and location settings.
However, the most noteworthy update which comes along with Photos for Mac on the OS X, is the integration of iCloud Photo library. Through iCloud integration, users can now upload their image files on the cloud, through a resolution of their choice, without worrying about file sizes. The same image can be accessed via any iOS or Yosemite device.
More so, any changes which you apply to the image on one of your Apple device will automatically appear on other devices, as well as Apple’s iCloud web interface.
Apple has also simplified the PhotoBook creation process with the new OS X update. You can now select from a plethora of preset Apple themes, all revised as per Mac requirements. When buying prints through the app, square and panoramic options have been added.
For the photo-editor in you, Apple is offering almost the exact same photo-editing experience, as it offers in iDevices. Users can adjust image setting parameters automatically or through a series of slider bars for values such as exposure, contrast, and shadows and highlights. Though these functions are basic, the parameters on offer are much more detailed, even when you compare them to professional solutions like Aperture, PhotoShop etc.
Another interesting feature which comes with this new release, is the ability to use the same master files even if two different photo-editing software are loaded onto your Mac, pointing to the same directory for taking up photos. iPhoto Events are automatically converted into albums, and placed within an identically named folder under the Albums tab. In some places, you’ll see features like star ratings being converted into keywords for better search.
To make things easy for you, Apple has also published a new quick start guide for help on tasks like migrating from iPhoto and Aperture, enabling iCloud Photo Library, or backing up to Time Machine.