Is Photos.app ready for prime time?

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  1. smirk macrumors 6502a

    smirk

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    Hi, we've used iPhoto since it first came out, and moved to Aperture a couple years ago when iPhoto started bogging down from too many photos. We don't use any advanced Aperture features -- it's just used for storing photos and organizing them into albums.

    I'm curious, is the Photos app stable enough for mainstream use? Our photo library is a couple hundred GB in size; can it handle that ok? Is there any fear of losing photos from what is essentially a 1.0 product?

    Thanks for any input! Aperture has always been overkill for us and I'd like to move to something different, but I'm not sure if it's stable enough to trust with over a decade of photos.
     
  2. Alexander B. macrumors member

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    Try it on smaller portion of your photos (like a couple of years) then decide. I'd wait an update or two with that amount of photos.
     
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    If you want to do more than tart up a snapshot, move on to Lightroom or Capture One Pro. Compared to the cost of camera bodies and good lenses, the software is cheap.
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    The organzational tools in Photos pale in comparison to what you have in Aperture. Play with Photos a bit; you'll see the differences.

    If you do migrate, you can keep both libraries for a while.

    And be wary: if you commit to Photos, it's harder to move to something else than it is from Aperture. Aperture has all kinds of export tools, ways to write photo metadata, etc that Photos never will have. And if you intend to use iCloud Photo Library, it will impose more limitations on what you do with such a large library. And you cannot merge libraries in Photos.

    So think hard about committing to the Photos solution until you've checked out alternatives.
     
  5. smirk thread starter macrumors 6502a

    smirk

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    Great, that's all good info and advice. Thanks everyone!
     

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