iPhoto vs. Photos

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  1. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Are these two apps on par yet?

    I’ve been revisiting converting my library because Photos was originally limited in some of the same features as iPhoto, and then here was a failed conversion effort where several custom folders didn’t convert properly.

    Now, it seems I’m increasing running into the issue where iPhoto is not an option for synchronizing photos, only offering Photos. So it seems if I want full system integration I’ll need to convert at some point in the near future. Also, how much longer is Apple going to support iPhoto?

    Assuming Photos handles the conversion process better this go around, will I be losing any features I may currently enjoy under iPhoto?
  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    Apple ended development and support for both iPhoto and Aperture in mid 2014. Ergo iPhoto will not sync with the updated features of macOS. Photos can easily convert an iPhoto library. The updated Photos app has the same type of editing features that iPhoto had. There's plenty of YouTube videos on getting up and running on Photos
  3. Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Thanks. But the last time I did this, some folders didn’t synch properly and were randomly dropped or missing after the conversion. Also, it lacked certain sorting features. Editing is the least of it — I use photoshop. It’s mainly the organization and synch I’m concerned about. Which is why I’m asking if these aspects have improved, or are at least more comprehensive to what iPhoto had.
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Just make a backup of your library and try; you literally have nothing to lose. If it screws everything up, go back to using iPhoto. If it works, hold onto the backup of your old iPhoto library for a while until you're confident in the new Photos app.

    I've been using Photos for my main photo collection for a few years now and it's stable. I do my own backups in addition to iCloud Photo Library. It's fine and does the job. :)
  5. Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Thanks. I suppose you’re right. I’m only asking because it does take a bit of time to both do the conversion and then restore if necessary.
  6. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I switched from iPhoto to Photos a few years ago. My wife is still on iPhoto.

    I prefer Photos because it's simpler and faster. However, there are things that I've found missing in Photos that iPhoto still has.

    1. Printing photos in iPhoto has more "options" than Photos. It could be my printer driver (HP Photosmart), but there are more opportunities for setting up my prints in iPhoto than in Photos.

    2. Many of the templates for cards are not available in Photos. I print my own Christmas cards and I use iPhoto for that simply because Photos has fewer templates. Plus the printing issue noted above.

    Other than than, Photos is better, mainly because it's much much faster.

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