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One of the biggest application overhauls in iOS 7 is the Photos app, which has been redesigned to automate picture organization and take full advantage of Retina displays.

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The Photos application is now divided into three menu options: Photos, Shared and Albums. The default is Photos, where pictures are automatically organized in a way that allows users to more easily find the shot they may be looking for.

At the macro level, photos are presented based on the year they were captured. A summary of the year appears to the right, showing where the pictures were taken, and offering a nice recap of places the user may have traveled.

Taking advantage of the iPhone's Retina display, tiny thumbnails of the images are presented with just enough detail to get an idea of what the picture is. Users can hold their thumb over the tiny images to view a larger thumbnail, and release their finger to pull up that particular image.

Tapping on a general area within a year dives down deeper and presents larger thumbnails organized by date and location. To the left, cities and regions are displayed, while on the right, a range of dates are shown representing when the pictures were taken.

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From here, users can go yet another level deeper to view pictures from an even more specific date or event. At this point, the square thumbnails are the same size as they were shown by default in previous versions of iOS.

For iPhone users who take a large number of pictures, the redesigned Photos application will likely be viewed as a long overdue change. The automated organization works well and is logical, and makes finding older pictures much simpler.

In the second menu, Shared, users can create their own photo or video stream with iCloud. These images can be shared with friends, who can then comment or even add their own images from directly within the Photos application.

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Finally, the Albums menu offers the traditional Camera Roll that was found in previous versions of iOS. For those who may prefer the old way that photos were displayed en masse, this legacy option remains.

Apple has also tweaked image folders in iOS 7 to automatically place panoramas and videos captured through the default camera application into their own separate spaces. Applications that can separately capture or edit photos may also create their own folders for easier organization.

Like in the rest of iOS 7, Photos gains new sharing functionality, including AirDrop for instant wireless transmission to local iOS devices. At the moment, AirDrop is not compatible with Macs.

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Users may also share pictures through a text message, e-mail, iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr. iOS 7 also includes built-in support for uploading videos to YouTube and Vimeo.

A final row of options for images includes: Copy, Slideshow, AirPlay, Assign to Contact, Use as Wallpaper, and Print. For videos, the options are Slideshow and AirPlay.

iOS 7 is currently in beta, and will become available publicly for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners this fall. For more in-depth information on iOS 7, see the other parts in AppleInsider's ongoing Inside iOS 7 series.
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Are Videos still stored in the same camera roll as Photos? Or did they finally group them together for easier locating?
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I cannot stand the new photos app. I spent a lot of time catagorizing events in iPhoto and synced them to my phone. Now, it's just a mess. The events are gone. It's now categories that have no relation to my events. I guess I'll have to get the iPhoto app, even though I heard it sucks.
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Are Videos still stored in the same camera roll as Photos? Or did they finally group them together for easier locating?

Videos are in the camera roll in the album section grouped together. I haven't taken video using iOS 7 yet, so I don't know if it will store it there. Ok, I just made a video and it put in the videos section with my existing ones.
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This is a joke, Events are gone ! After countless hours to organize them. The new way of finding picture is all right and very efficient, but it should be an addition, not a replacement.
In iTunes 11 we lost the ability to see big cover artwork, now the Events in iPhoto.
This sucks, total disrespect for the customers
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This is a joke, Events are gone ! After countless hours to organize them. The new way of finding picture is all right and very efficient, but it should be an addition, not a replacement.
In iTunes 11 we lost the ability to see big cover artwork, now the Events in iPhoto.
This sucks, total disrespect for the customers

Click Albums a the bottom and then choose Events.

Albums looks like the old view.
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Click Albums a the bottom and then choose Events.

Albums looks like the old view.

I don't have that option. I have camera roll, panoramas, videos, last 12 months, and last import. No events.
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I don't have that option. I have cameral roll, panoramas, videos, last 12 months, and last import. No events.


Hmm, what did I do right? 1wink.gif I see

Events
From my Mac

When you restored, did you set it Photos to sync from iPhoto in iTunes?
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Hmm, what did I do right? 1wink.gif I see

Events
From my Mac

When you restored, did you set it Photos to sync from iPhoto in iTunes?

I didn't restore. I just did an update as I've always done through the years. I only restore on GM builds since most people will be updating when the GM is released. I did check my iTunes and it is checked off. I'll remove them and put them back on to see what happens. Thanks for the reply.
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Love the particular colour blue Apple's using. LOVE all the new apps. The UX. Love Calculator, Notes, Safari. The multi-tasking.

But... hate most of the new icons; they all need work. This is important point, because I usually love Apple's icons. And never themed my older iPhones when they were jail-broken.

Most of these (from Dribbble) aren't perfect, but are much improved over Apple's current default iOS 7 icons:

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Edited by Ireland - 6/12/13 at 12:30pm
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post #11 of 36
Exactly the same case here. I'll give another try, unchecking and rechecking but that reassuring ! Thanks !
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Yeah unchecking and re-checking didn't work. I guess I may have to restore. Yuck.
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Yeah unchecking and re-checking didn't work. I guess I may have to restore. Yuck.

I had problems way back using the full image and Upgrade through iTunes. Ever since, I make sure I have a few good backups and use the latest dev release of Xcode to restore.
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I cannot stand the new photos app. I spent a lot of time catagorizing events in iPhoto and synced them to my phone. Now, it's just a mess. The events are gone. It's now categories that have no relation to my events. I guess I'll have to get the iPhoto app, even though I heard it sucks.

 

To be blunt, I don't like the iPhoto app either. It's unclear what each tool does and it is generally underwhelming as an app. I bought it and used it no more than twice.

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...

But... hate most of the new icons; they all need work. This is important point, because I usually love Apple's icons. And never themed my older iPhones when they were jail-broken.

....

 

I'm not crazy about a few of the new icons I've seen also. I wonder if it's due to their style guide not being completely developed yet... It's also possible that we're being shown "dummy" icons until the finals have been patented, copyrighted and protected as much as they can be first.

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I cannot stand the new photos app. I spent a lot of time catagorizing events in iPhoto and synced them to my phone. Now, it's just a mess. The events are gone. It's now categories that have no relation to my events. I guess I'll have to get the iPhoto app, even though I heard it sucks.

To be blunt, I don't like the iPhoto app either. It's unclear what each tool does and it is generally underwhelming as an app. I bought it and used it no more than twice.

I think the iPhoto app is great. You need to sit down and use it for at least half an hour to work with all the tools available. It's really nice to create journals and share those moments, and the journal, with friends. You can sync through iPhoto with other people near also having iPhoto open. A caveat is that iPhoto imports your pictures into its app, it's not using the original photos from your camera roll.

@Ireland

Thanks for the screendump. Strange that the Settings icon is different than the one I saw in the keynote.
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I think the iPhoto app is great. You need to sit down and use it for at least half an hour to work with all the tools available. It's really nice to create journals and share those moments, and the journal, with friends. You can sync through iPhoto with other people near also having iPhoto open. A caveat is that iPhoto imports your pictures into its app, it's not using the original photos from your camera roll.

@Ireland

Thanks for the screendump. Strange that the Settings icon is different than the one I saw in the keynote.

 

Let me just put it this way...I know they can do much, much better with the iPhoto for iOS app.

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post #18 of 36
I wish there was a way to have the photos app access events off of iPhoto, instead of having to store all the photos on the iPhone. Over time it would be a great waste of storage space, no?
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I haven't used the iOS 7 Photo app, but from looking at it and hearing how it works it does sound like some functionality is lost.  I look through my photos by location, event and faces quite often.

 

I must say though that I've never understood people keeping hundred and hundreds of pictures going back years and decades on their iPhone. I guess it's just the way I use the device, but it's not near ideal for a large library or for showing photos to others.  Now, doing all that on an iPad makes a ton more sense to me what with the increased screen real estate and built in photo album.

 

The iPhoto app is not perfect but it does a bang up job of sharing photos in online journals as well as editing photos.  Too bad the tools and storage are a bit confusing though.

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Hmm, what did I do right? 1wink.gif I see

Events
From my Mac

When you restored, did you set it Photos to sync from iPhoto in iTunes?


Restore worked. Good thing for manual backups....
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Restore worked. Good thing for manual backups....

Can you summarize the right and wrong way to install ios7?

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Videos are in the camera roll in the album section grouped together. I haven't taken video using iOS 7 yet, so I don't know if it will store it there. Ok, I just made a video and it put in the videos section with my existing ones.

On my 4S the videos are only in the Carmera Roll mixed in with all of the still photos in chronological order, with only a tiny video camera on them to distinguish them. Thus they are hard to locate.

I do have an album called Videos, but it only has one video in it which appears to be from a sync with my Mac. Where as my Camera roll hasultiple Videos in it.
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I must say though that I've never understood people keeping hundred and hundreds of pictures going back years and decades on their iPhone. I guess it's just the way I use the device, but it's not near ideal for a large library or for showing photos to others.  Now, doing all that on an iPad makes a ton more sense to me what with the increased screen real estate and built in photo album.

 

Transferring photos from my DSLR while on the road was why I bought the iPad.  Worked great on the first transfer.  After that it was all downhill.  I was unable to do any photo management at all.  No way to create new albums if I recall correctly. Certainly no way to move photos into albums.  No access to the file system.  No app that would do that either at the time.  The only way to do it was to upload all the photos to the PC with iTunes.  Create the albums there and download them back to the iPad.  So much for the post PC world.  It completely negated the reason for buying the iPad.  So I eventually sold it after 3-4 months of it just gathering dust.

 

Is there a proper built-in photo album on the iPad now?

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I love the new Photos app. I just hope they allow you to choose multiple photostreams when sharing.

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I love the new Photos app. I just hope they allow you to choose multiple photostreams when sharing.

That could be nice/wanted. If not, just copy the email addresses before hitting Share and paste it in for new streams.
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Transferring photos from my DSLR while on the road was why I bought the iPad.  Worked great on the first transfer.  After that it was all downhill.  I was unable to do any photo management at all.  No way to create new albums if I recall correctly. Certainly no way to move photos into albums.  No access to the file system.  No app that would do that either at the time.  The only way to do it was to upload all the photos to the PC with iTunes.  Create the albums there and download them back to the iPad.  So much for the post PC world.  It completely negated the reason for buying the iPad.  So I eventually sold it after 3-4 months of it just gathering dust.

Is there a proper built-in photo album on the iPad now?

You might want to look at these Apps on the App Store:

Photo Manager Plus from Linkus -- I really like this app and I have a lot of my photographer clients using it. They like it as well since it allows syncing over browser or FTP wirelessly. They use it live with photo shootings to have clients choose their photos (star-rating) and reordering/organizing of the photos for photo books. (Yes i agree, this should all be built in with iPhoto!)

Picture Life is looking REALLY good if you use different vendors i.e. Windows, Android, or iOS/OSX. It's a cloud-based alternative to iCloud and Picasa (Google)... and allows for syncing with your Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram, etc. accounts. There's a OSX-native app to sync and add photos, and/or you can manage your photos from your preferred browser.
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post #27 of 36
I wish iPhoto would include some basic functionality such as the ability to get rid of duplicates. I hate having to spend $$ on third party applications to do something as simple and obvious as that.
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That could be nice/wanted. If not, just copy the email addresses before hitting Share and paste it in for new streams.

Perhaps Apple might take an interest in Xumanii, a unique way of sharing photo/video streams.
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I spent ages in iPhoto on my Mac organising my photos into albums, and correcting the Faces information. Tis currently syncs over perfectly to my iPhone, and I regularly use Faces to find particular photos. Surely this can't be gone?

The new views should be an addition, not a replacement ...
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That could be nice/wanted. If not, just copy the email addresses before hitting Share and paste it in for new streams.

Perhaps Apple might take an interest in Xumanii, a unique way of sharing photo/video streams.

I don't think Apple is interested in any company that has the word 'bitch' on their homepage.
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I spent ages in iPhoto on my Mac organising my photos into albums, and correcting the Faces information. Tis currently syncs over perfectly to my iPhone, and I regularly use Faces to find particular photos. Surely this can't be gone?

The new views should be an addition, not a replacement ...

everything is right there in the Albums folder including all panoramas, videos, events, faces in each their folder accordingly… that's a nice addition specially all the videos placed in one folder and all the panoramas in one folder.

 

not sure if the camera roll videos are going directly to the Video folder… i think it should not go directly to videos folder as after removing the videos from camera roll it will disappear from videos folder too which sounds scary.  

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post #32 of 36
With my iPhone 5, will I finally be able to view a photo after it's taken, on the full 4" screen or will there still be black bars on the top and bottom of the picture? This is something that Apple should have fixed ages ago but have never been criticised for it.
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Ghostface, I'm happy you were able to fix it.  Three restores later and still no luck!
 

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OMG. Where did you get this screenshot? The icons are way BETTER than Apple's makeover! :'(( Thank you jonny Ive for changing & ruining iOS at the same time 1smile.gif1hmm.gif
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Where did you get this screenshot?

Says it RIGHT in the post.
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post #36 of 36

I have installed this version on iPad, and find the photos are organized by time, so i can seek easily.

And, i can slide at the bottom to view photos.

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