New Mac Photos App First Look (#1085)

New Mac Photos App First Look (#1085)


Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. On today’s
episode let’s take a quick look at the new Photos app. The new photos app is brand new in Mac OS
10.10.3 which was released today. It replaces iPhoto and matches up now with the Photos
app in iOS. There is a ton of new features so let’s just take a quick look at it. So once you’ve moved to the new Photos app
you will notice that it looks a lot like the Photos app in iOS 8. You’ve got three main
levels here to view all of your photos and you’ve got it chronologically here broken
up by years and it shows you locations within that year as well. You can use these arrows here to move down
into the Collections view which basically breaks it down into small, you can call them
events I guess, inside of the year. So it breaks it down into a collection of photos
that maybe matches a certain set of dates and an area. Then you can go further into that like looking
at the individual photos here. They come a little clearer and they break down to specific
dates here. So you’ve got those three levels to look at. In all those levels you can do somethings.
Like, for instance, you can click and hold and you will be able to see the photos just
by swiping back and forth. If I would release it would go directly to the photo. In addition
you can double click on the locations there and it gives you a map view and then you can
dig down from there into a picture view that restricts you to those photos. You can always use this back arrow to go back
different levels. So you have lots of different ways to flip through all your photos and just
dig down into them. Now let’s go and take a look at an actual
photo. So we will dig down here into third level down and we will look at an individual
photo to edit. So once we see this one here, we can see the individual photo, we can zoom
in on it here. We can go to a view here which shows us all the photos in that area, or event
in this case, if we wanted to have that and be able to quickly move between them. We also have the ability to do things like
Favorite it, get information about it right here like the camera, it would have location
information if available for this photo. You can also share it to an album or create
all sorts of different things which we will look at in a second. Here is the actual share
button which allows you to not only do the standard stuff like email it or send it to
Facebook but you can also create an iCloud photo sharing album which is something you
can share with other people. You can also, of course, edit. The edit controls
are very similar to iOS. You’ve got an enhance button, rotate here, you’ve got crop which
also allows you to adjust the angle there. You’ve got filters to apply and a full set
of different adjustments that you can get into. So there way too much to go into in
one video. I’ll probably be looking at some of the specific features here later on in
individual tutorials. But you’ve got most of the functionality of
iPhoto from before. You’ve got Faces, you’ve got Places, you’ve got the ability to share
things not only to say Facebook or something like that but you can create a new iCloud
Photo Sharing area where you can share an album with other people and even have them
available by the web. So you can use Albums here to organize your
photos like you want if you would rather not look at them in chronological order here.
Of course you can just use both. You can order print products. All sorts of things that you
can do like that. So there is just a ton of functionality and it is very different than
iPhoto. So you’ve got to kind of not look at this
as the next version of iPhoto at all but look at this as a completely new app with a simplified
interface and the huge new feature of having your photos available across all of your devices. So having all your photos shared across all
your devices and in iCloud means a lot of different things. It means you will never
again have all your photos on your iMac on your desk and not being able to access them
from your sofa on your MacBook or not be able to see them on your iPad or iPhone. Everything just syncs all the way across.
As a matter of fact it syncs over the internet pretty instantly. I’m going to take a photo
right now with my iPhone and what will happen is it will sync up to iCloud and then it will
sync over to the photos app here on my Mac. So it will just take about a minute here. Okay there it appears, the photo I just took
of my desk. So I took that on my iPhone. I didn’t do any syncing or anything like that.
It just connected over the networks to save this photo to iCloud and then save it here
so that I can see all my photos everywhere. There is a first look at the new Photos app.
I will be digging deeper into it, like I said, in upcoming videos, into each individual features
so we can get to know it together.

Dereck Turner

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