Yesterday Apple finally released the latest version of OS X, 10.10.3. With it comes the highly anticipated Photos app, which does away with both iPhoto and Aperture. Their goal was to make it easy enough for users, yet powerful enough for professionals. Time will tell whether the new software is powerful enough for pros.
It integrates heavily with iCloud, like the new iCloud Photo Library, which lets users sync photos between devices. If you edit a photo on one device, the edits are saved and synced on your other Apple devices. Presumably this means that iCloud Photo Library is out of beta, or will be soon.
In addition to Photos, the newest version of Yosemite brings new developer tools for the Force Touch trackpad, a feature that was released alongside of the 12-inch MacBook. Since early March, Apple opened the Photos beta to the public. This continues Apple’s efforts to unite OS X and iOS into one ecosystem, starting with OS X Lion, although not to the extent that Microsoft has with Windows.
Replacing iPhoto and Aperture, Apple’s previous offerings, Photos organizes a user’s photo library and has deeper editing tools. It also brings new features that were found in the Photos app for iOS, including:
Browsing photos by time and location with Moments, Collections and Years
Library navigation with tabs like Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects
Storage of photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library, in their original format and full resolution
Simplified bookmarking tools, new Apple-designed themes for photo books, and square book formats
Buying prints and square and panoramic sizes
Editing tools that optimize photos with a single click or slider, and allowing for precise adjustments with detailed controls
Just like iPhoto, Photos sorts pictures into albums, like All Photos, Faces, My Photo Stream, Last Import, Favorites, Panoramas, Videos, Time Lapse and Bursts.
Photos has the ability to intelligently decide whether to store photos locally on the Mac or upload them into cloud, which should be good for those users who are low on storage space. However, that iCloud storage comes at a cost as well, with 5GB offered for free and various pricing levels after that.