Apple releases first beta of OS X 10.10.3 with debut of Yosemite's new Photos app

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in macOS edited February 2015
Developers can be among the first to get their hands on the new Photos for OS X application, thanks to the release of a preview build of of OS X 10.10.3 on Thursday.




OS X Yosemite version 10.10.3 is now available to developers as a pre-release build. It marks the first time that testers will be able to sample Apple's forthcoming Photos application, which replaces iPhoto for Mac.

Thursday's release is identified as build 14D72i.

Apple offered a preview of Photos under embargo to select publications ahead of Thursday's beta release. Impressions published by Re/code make it clear the application is yet another marriage between iOS and OS X, including icons and a general look and feel borrowed from the native Photos application for iOS 8.


Photos screenshot via Re/code.


In the release notes, Apple states that Photos for OS X automatically organizes a user's photo library, and includes comprehensive editing tools. Users can also store both photos and videos in the cloud using iCloud Photo Library, accessing them across devices.

Features of Photos for OS X, according to Apple, include the ability to:
  • Browse photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and years views
  • Navigate library using convenient tabs: Photos, Shared, Albums and Projects
  • Store photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
  • Access photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library fro Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com with any Web browser
  • Perfect photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
  • Create professional-quality photos books with simplified bookmarking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
  • Purchase prints in new square and panoramic sizes

Editing tools in the all-new OS X Photos application, via The Verge.


Photos replaces not only iPhoto, but also Aperture, both of which Apple discontinued last year. However, the new OS X Photos application is not meant to be a professional-grade photo editing application, as Apple has advised pro photographers to transition to Adobe's Lightroom.

Though development on iPhoto for OS X has ceased, it remains the default photo-editing application on the Mac until OS X 10.10.3 and the accompanying new Photos application are released to the public. Apple has not yet provided a timeframe on when it might launch.

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  • Reply 1 of 46
    hydrhydr Posts: 146member
    Would love an article about Photos, what is included? Face detection? How did the migration go? How will backup beside cloud work? Does editing/revert back work seamless with iPhone etc? Panorama editing also? How are videos organised?
  • Reply 2 of 46
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,595member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hydr View Post



    Would love an article about Photos, what is included? Face detection? How did the migration go? How will backup beside cloud work? Does editing/revert back work seamless with iPhone etc? Panorama editing also? How are videos organised?

    Yes, please. Not just an article but an in-depth (honest) review. 

  • Reply 3 of 46
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hydr View Post



    Would love an article about Photos, what is included? Face detection? How did the migration go? How will backup beside cloud work? Does editing/revert back work seamless with iPhone etc? Panorama editing also? How are videos organised?

    For starters you can read these;

     

    http://www.macworld.com/article/2880099/first-look-photos-for-os-x.html

     

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/5/7979925/apple-photos-app-new-iphoto-hands-on-video

     

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/5/7982517/apple-photos-mac-iphoto-replacement-explainer-faq

  • Reply 4 of 46
    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    Doesn't look like we are forced into putting all of our photos on the cloud, that's reassuring. Ordering physical photos and books is still there, also reassuring.
  • Reply 5 of 46
    I am very excited about Photos because it potentially makes the photos experience across all my apple products work together.

    PHOTO SHARING
    My only real question is in regards to sharing. In the iPhoto world and the current Photos world on iOS, when I go to share a photo, it creates a duplicate of that photo that is uneditable unless reimported into my collection. Shared items are essentially a separate collection that have duplicated photos. This is confusing and frustrating to me and I am sure to many users. I would prefer a system where I can share a photo or album that is in my collection and what would be shared would be the same version of the photo or album that is in my collection without making a duplicate. Those who I share the photo with would be unable to edit it, but if I edited it they would see the edited version just as I do. All comments on that photo would reside with the original photo. I could also share an album and if I added photos to a shared album then those photos would be shared with anyone who was connected to the album. This would be a drop box approach to folders applied to albums with the limitation of editing and deleting of photos belonging to the photos owner. Other permissions could be applied to allow or restrict people from adding, commenting, or duplicating photos in a shared album.

    PHOTO STREAM VS ICLOUD LIBRARY
    Lastly I don't understand the purpose of the Photo Stream in the world of iCloud Photo Library. It seems if you have the iCloud Photo Library turned on, then the photo stream should not be an option, and vice versa.

    APPLE TV
    Will a true photos app using the iCloud Photos Library and organized in parallel with Photos App on the Mac and iOS be brought to Apple TV?
  • Reply 6 of 46

    I am very excited about Photos because it potentially makes the photos experience across all my apple products work together.

     

    PHOTO SHARING

    My only real question is in regards to sharing.  In the iPhoto world and the current Photos world on iOS, when I go to share a photo, it creates a duplicate of that photo that is uneditable unless reimported into my collection.  Shared items are essentially a separate collection that have duplicated photos.  This is confusing and frustrating to me and I am sure to many users.  I would prefer a system where I can share a photo or album that is in my collection and what would be shared would be the same version of the photo or album that is in my collection without making a duplicate.  Those who I share the photo with would be unable to edit it, but if I edited it they would see the edited version just as I do.  All comments on that photo would reside with the original photo.  I could also share an album and if I added photos to a shared album then those photos would be shared with anyone who was connected to the album.  This would be a drop box approach to folders applied to albums with the limitation of editing and deleting of photos belonging to the photos owner.  Other permissions could be applied to allow or restrict people from adding, commenting, or duplicating photos in a shared album.

     

    PHOTO STREAM VS ICLOUD LIBRARY

    Lastly I don't understand the purpose of the Photo Stream in the world of iCloud Photo Library.  It seems if you have the iCloud Photo Library turned on, then the photo stream should not be an option, and vice versa.

     

    APPLE TV

    Will a true photos app using the iCloud Photos Library and organized in parallel with Photos App on the Mac and iOS be brought to Apple TV?

  • Reply 7 of 46
    It's not at all accurate to say that "Apple has advised pro photographers to transition to Adobe's Lightroom."
  • Reply 8 of 46
    mgzmgz Posts: 26member

    "Apple has advised pro photographers to transition to Adobe's Lightroom"

     

    Pretty sure Apple never advised pro photographers to do that. My take on it is that Apple likely feels there's enough advanced editing available in the upcoming Photos app for 99% of pro/advanced photographers, and they're just not interested in the other 1%. 

  • Reply 9 of 46
    prolineproline Posts: 191member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post

     

    Yes, please. Not just an article but an in-depth (honest) review. 




    An in-depth review of beta software is not required, and indeed doing so discourages companies from having open betas. AI and others need only inform you of developments in the beta, the "in-depth (honest) review" can wait until release. I can however, as a developer with access, address some of your most probable concerns right now.

     

    1) No, not every feature of iPhoto and Aperture is in the current beta

    2) Yes, there are bugs

    3) Yes, many people will decry this software as inadequate

     

    I will post more once the app opens. Sadly, it just crashed during the "preparing library" phase...

  • Reply 10 of 46
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    paxman wrote: »
    Yes, please. Not just an article but an in-depth (honest) review. 

    Good grief, this is beta software and was just released. How do you expect there to be an in-depth review? No publication is going to do that with beta software.
  • Reply 11 of 46
    mgz wrote: »
    "Apple has advised pro photographers to transition to Adobe's Lightroom"

    Pretty sure Apple never advised pro photographers to do that. My take on it is that Apple likely feels there's enough advanced editing available in the upcoming Photos app for 99% of pro/advanced photographers, and they're just not interested in the other 1%. 

    "Apple has advised it's Aperture users to transition to Adobe's Lightroom"
    Serious photographers(the 1%) were already using Aperture or Lightroom.
  • Reply 12 of 46

    I'd be most interested in how much of Aperture's data base will be retained, both in terms of organization (events, ratings, comments) and editing / adjustments. I'd be hard pressed to switch if material parts of my previous work would be lost...

  • Reply 13 of 46
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,595member
    proline wrote: »

    An in-depth review of beta software is not required, and indeed doing so discourages companies from having open betas. AI and others need only inform you of developments in the beta, the "in-depth (honest) review" can wait until release. I can however, as a developer with access, address some of your most probable concerns right now.

    1) No, not every feature of iPhoto and Aperture is in the current beta
    2) Yes, there are bugs
    3) Yes, many people will decry this software as inadequate

    I will post more once the app opens. Sadly, it just crashed during the "preparing library" phase...
    Oh, OK... Yes, you are right. An in depth review would be premature. A nice hands on, then, though that already exists, it seems. So I'll hang my head and wait patiently.
  • Reply 14 of 46
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,156member

    Nice! Let's hope we see it released before WWDC 2015!

  • Reply 15 of 46
    Looks WAY better than iPhoto, that software was just unnessecarily bloated and complicated. Can't wait to see the new version, looks very promising from the screenshots.
  • Reply 16 of 46
    bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 716member

    I'm excited for this. I'm not a power user by any means. But I want syncing to work perfectly. The best way for that to happen, in my mind, is to have everything stored in the cloud. Then, when I make edits on my iMac, iPhone, iPad, or online, they are instantly reflected on all my devices.

     

    Apple really needs to surprise us all with a seriously amped up iCloud storage bump - at the free level. So many problems are solved if we can all just use the cloud without worry.

     

    I also hope they make using the new App require far less mouse travel. iPhoto has icons that are kitty corner and I have a 27" screen. My mouse has been to Jupiter and back and my shoulders are getting tired. Please, Apple...group some of this together!

  • Reply 17 of 46
    Computers used to be about solving problems and advancing society. Now they are about upholding billions of wannabe narcissists who dream of showing the globe every orifice of what makes them them.
  • Reply 18 of 46
    bugsnwbugsnw Posts: 716member

    mdrift.... post of the month. Thank you for the laugh and coffee splatter.

  • Reply 19 of 46
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Looks nice. I remember when iPhoto looked like this (barf):

    IMG_5378.jpeg
  • Reply 20 of 46
    mgzmgz Posts: 26member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella View Post





    "Apple has advised it's Aperture users to transition to Adobe's Lightroom"

    Serious photographers(the 1%) were already using Aperture or Lightroom.



    I'm talking about the pro/semi-pro users that use Aperture already. I'm saying I imagine that the Photos app that's coming out will do enough that 99% of THOSE USERS (I am one of them) will be fine using the Photos app. 

     

    And I imagine over time, the Photos app will regain additional editing capabilities, just like FCP X has regained things that were lost in it's initial X release.

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