Free App Friday – Mac App of The Week
Farewell iPhoto, your time here is finished.
Along with last week’s Yosemite update to 10.10.3, Apple released its highly anticipated iPhoto replacement, Photos. With generally favorable reviews coming from former iPhoto users, and generally unfavorable reviews coming from former Aperture users (as expected), Apple created a photo management app for the iOS age. Many of Apertures pro features have vanished, and the look and feel of the iOS Photos app has taken over. For most, this is all great news.
Keep in mind there is currently no way to download the Photos app itself. It’s automatically downloaded when you run Software Update to update to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
One of the best attributes of Photos is the ease with which you can finally get all your photos in sync with all your devices – provided you have both enough iCloud storage to hold your database and enough storage space on your devices to hold the synced photo library. Keep your eye on this, because if you have a 200GB iPhoto library, you’ll need to purchase a 500GB plan for $9.99/month. Convenience clearly comes at a price.
That said, it’s money well spent to have all your photos perpetually backed up in a seamless fashion that requires no interaction your part, not to mention synced with all your devices.
Bottom line: with the end of development for iPhoto and Aperture, Photos is Apple’s only game in town, so you’ll likely be making the switch regardless. Embrace the change, upgrade to 10.10.3 and give Photos a try.