OSX Photos - Browse iCloud Library without Downloading

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  1. Corrode macrumors 6502a

    Corrode

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    I'm having a frustrating time organizing my Photos library. I have two Macs. An iMac for work (photo editing) and a MacBook for play.

    I want the ability to browse my iCloud Photo Library on my iMac without it downloading every single photo in my library. There is the "Optimize Mac Storage" option but it still downloads the originals "if you have enough storage space".

    My iMac only has a 512GB SSD so I don't want a 30-40 GB library taking up a good chunk of that, but I'd still like the ability to browse my photos library.

    P.S. I think I hate the Photos app.
     
  2. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Why not switch to Flickr or Google's picasa?

    It sounds like you're looking for online storage, not local storage that syncs.
     
  3. Corrode thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Corrode

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    Yeah, I suppose I could do this. Was hoping for an Apple solution though, since I'm pretty invested in the ecosystem.
     
  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Then using iCloud.com is your only option.
     
  5. ivanwi11iams Contributor

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    As a new iMac user, I must reiterate that Photos and the library is horrible. I have countless albums and Photo seems to have 'messed' it all up.

    I liked how in Windows I'd simply have a Photo folder with countless albums and view the photos as I'd like. On an iMac, iPad and iPhone it is just awful. Maybe Google Photos is an option for me. Albeit one loses out on the auto sync to all devices option. But...
     

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