eXtensions - Sunday 18 June 2017
Cassandra: Anticipated Updates to Photos with High Sierra
By Graham K. Rogers
I have looked for other applications that might suffice, but all fall down in one or two of my requirements, including cost. Photos has come along a little and now allows extensions, meaning I can work with 3rd party applications from within Apple's Photos (similar to how More works in Photos on iOS), but the strength of Aperture was that I could do almost all the basic editing within the application and not need to switch to another app for this. That was not possible in Photos although simple editing was possible with the sliders for Light, Color and Black & White, and their detailed components when each was opened up.
One of my hopes for the recent WWDC was that more attention would be paid to Photos, particularly image organisation and editing tools. When I saw the Keynote, although it was mentioned briefly, it seems that editing had been beefed up and there are now some early comments online about the new tools.
Screenshot from WWDC Keynote - Craig Federighi outlines Photos
When importing to Aperture, a user is always asked to enter a name for the new Album (or may select an existing one). In Photos, there is no easy access tool on a menubar: import is done using the File menu (Shift+Command+i). The default is to import to the Photos library, although a button does allow selection of another (existing) album, or to create a new album. I would prefer this to be the default.
Existing albums can be dragged into a new order and this is synchronised on iOS devices, but on these, the personal albums appear below All Photos, Favorites and media types. I find that items removed from the Recently Deleted album on the Mac are not deleted from iOS devices and that may need to be done separately (or wait 40 days).
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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