Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App

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Apple today released a minor update for the iPhoto app for Mac to prepare for the upcoming transition to the OS X Photos app. According to the release notes, today's update improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app available in OS X 10.10.3.
What's new

-Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring)
-Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album
-Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image
As we have known for months, the upcoming Photos for OS X app for the Mac is designed to be a replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, both of which Apple ceased developing last year.

Photos for OS X is an all new photo management app that's been designed to integrate deeply with Photos for iOS. It introduces a Yosemite-style design that emphasizes flatness and translucency, and it works alongside iCloud Photo Library, streamlining photo availability across all of a user's devices.

Reviews of the Photos for OS X app have suggested that it's a vast improvement over iPhoto, with better photo editing tools and faster speeds, but it has been criticized for lacking many of the professional editing tools that were found within Aperture.

It is not clear when OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos app might see a public release, but thus far, the software is available to both developers and public beta testers. Developers have received four OS X 10.10.3 betas, and public beta testers have had access to two updates.

Article Link: Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App
 

brunosh

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Since with the new Photos app I'd have to update my icloud account to automatically transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, will I be forced to update or can I just stay with iPhoto forever?
 

Taz Mangus

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I would like to know what stand the reviewer is using under his iMac that has the 2 USB ports.
 

bushido

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the irony of their latest software attempts is that they are so simple that I already have a hard time understanding them
 

elmateo487

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the irony of their latest software attempts is that they are so simple that I already have a hard time understanding them
I had to read this 3 times. And decided that I agree with this. I think we have comprehension problems :)
 

QCassidy352

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Really like what Photos looks to bring, compared to iPhoto. Unfortunately, it requires Yosemite, so I won't be using it. :-(
 

DaveMcM76

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Since with the new Photos app I'd have to update my icloud account to automatically transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, will I be forced to update or can I just stay with iPhoto forever?
If you update to 10.10.3 when it is released then iPhoto is gone and Photos is your only option but (in the betas at least) there is absolutely no requirement to update to iCloud Photo Library despite a few little nags during the initial setup - PhotoStream and good old fashioned USB are both still there as ways to transfer photos.
 

NightFox

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If you update to 10.10.3 when it is released then iPhoto is gone and Photos is your only option but (in the betas at least) there is absolutely no requirement to update to iCloud Photo Library despite a few little nags during the initial setup - PhotoStream and good old fashioned USB are both still there as ways to transfer photos.
I'm running 10.10.3 and iPhoto is still there and working fine
 

zweigand

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I'm sure this question has been answered somewhere, but I cannot find it via search ...is anyone here using multiple user accounts to access a single Photos library on an external HD? Is that doable?

My wife and I have separate user accounts, but I want a single place where we consolidate/curate our photos.
 

DaveMcM76

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I'm running 10.10.3 and iPhoto is still there and working fine
So it is - my bad...

I have to say that I'm liking Photos so much I'd just assumed iPhoto had gone and hadn't even thought to look for it after the icon got replaced in my dock with the Photos one...

Looking at it my old iPhoto library is still there (with the extension changed from .photolibrary to .migratedphotolibrary if you show file extensions and have run Photos at any point) along side the new photos one, but once the initial migration is done they would appear to be treated completely separately and not kept in sync...
 

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desertfool

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No iCloud for me

If you update to 10.10.3 when it is released then iPhoto is gone and Photos is your only option but (in the betas at least) there is absolutely no requirement to update to iCloud Photo Library despite a few little nags during the initial setup - PhotoStream and good old fashioned USB are both still there as ways to transfer photos.
So I don't have to use iCloud at all with Photos? I don't want my data on the iCloud at all.
 

DaveMcM76

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So I don't have to use iCloud at all with Photos? I don't want my data on the iCloud at all.
Nope none of it is a requirement and all three of the iCloud options can be turned off in the Photos preferences pane. I've got mine set up to use Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing which are the old options that have been around for a while (iOS 5 for PhotoStream, iOS 7 for iCloud Photo Sharing if memory serves) and were in iPhoto but I've got the new (and still beta) iCloud Photo Library turned off.

It is the new iCloud Photo Library option that is the one that wants to upload your entire library to the cloud for syncing between devices.

Photo Stream is a rolling cache of your last 1000 photos that you can use to sync between devices and doesn't count against your iCloud storage and iCloud Photo Sharing is I believe a slightly revamped version of the shared photo streams from iOS 6 where you get to choose what to upload and share and with whom and does count against your iCloud storage allowance.

At least that is my understanding, but I've already been wrong once in this thread so.... ;)
 
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AllergyDoc

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I've been running the 10.3 beta and am enjoying Photos, used with DxO for important pictures. I think I'll pass on this update.
 

Icaras

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I've already migrated everything. My question is will 10.10.3 allow us to delete iPhoto, it's photo library (which is still taking up gigabytes of space on top of the new Photos library), and automatically clean up OS X of any trace of iPhoto. I'd like to get rid of iPhoto once Photos finally gets out of beta.
 

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i am on the public beta release and have loaded my 15k photos. Still kinks to work out, but I agree that this is turning out to be better than iPhotos. If they continue to add features over time this will rock. I am already convinced that I will not return to iPhotos.

Having said that, the fact that the library is now different than Aperture means that I cannot easily combine the two. And that's bad.
 

ipedro

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I'm sure this question has been answered somewhere, but I cannot find it via search ...is anyone here using multiple user accounts to access a single Photos library on an external HD? Is that doable?

My wife and I have separate user accounts, but I want a single place where we consolidate/curate our photos.
From what I can tell, this will work although you're asking for complications by doing this.

What you're doing is the typical trying to use a screwdriver as a hammer when Apple provides you with both tools. Family sharing lets you both maintain your own libraries as you should and then share each others photos under the Shared tab where all members of the family can see everybody else's photos.
 

Menel

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So it is - my bad...

I have to say that I'm liking Photos so much I'd just assumed iPhoto had gone and hadn't even thought to look for it after the icon got replaced in my dock with the Photos one...

Looking at it my old iPhoto library is still there (with the extension changed from .photolibrary to .migratedphotolibrary if you show file extensions and have run Photos at any point) along side the new photos one, but once the initial migration is done they would appear to be treated completely separately and not kept in sync...
This is actuslly a blessing.

It dumped so mich **** up into iCloud. Pain in the ass. Have no need for thst much sync with huge MILC raws...

So I now have aperturePhotos.photolibrary for my organized collection and continue with Aperture.
And
newPhotos.photoslibrary for dumpy iPhone albums and sync between devices going into the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library.
 

Icaras

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I did the security update, then went back to upgrade iPhoto, and it was no longer available.
Excellent. Unfortunately I'm not at my iMac right now to update iPhoto but I hope that is the case and it's finally gone.
 

senseless

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Does anyone know if this application has a lasso tool to select specific areas to edit? Like, if you wanted to darken a complexion of a face, but leave everything else untouched?
 

zweigand

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From what I can tell, this will work although you're asking for complications by doing this.

What you're doing is the typical trying to use a screwdriver as a hammer when Apple provides you with both tools. Family sharing lets you both maintain your own libraries as you should and then share each others photos under the Shared tab where all members of the family can see everybody else's photos.
I understand this, but I also have concerns with shared libraries as well. Let's say my wife shares her library with me and I click on a photo of hers. Does this not download a copy of that image to my library, essentially duplicating the file to a second spot on my HD? Also, do you have to be using iCloud photo library to see someone else's entire Photos library? I really don't plan on forking out for that feature because we don't spend enough time looking at old photos on our iDevices to justify the price.
 
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