How to create a new library in the Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2015

Creating separate libraries. It’s one of the best ways to go about organizing photos with the new Photos app in OS X Yosemite.  I find that using multiple libraries to separate things like work and personal life is a good strategy. Fortunately, it’s extremely simple to create new libraries and to switch between those libraries on the fly. Read More

 

How to migrate your iPhoto Library to the new Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 9, 2015

Now that OS X Yosemite has been officially released, it’s time to think about migrating your old iPhoto library to the new Photos app. Migrating over is extremely easy, as there are multiple ways to do so. In this post, we highlight one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to migrate an iPhoto Library over to a new Photos app install. Read More

 

Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 with better support for new Photos app

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015

Apple on Thursday morning released a new version of iTunes, bringing the media manager to version 12.1.2. The update is a minor one, but important for those who have updated their Macs to the new OS X 10.10.3 software that was seeded yesterday.

More specifically, iTunes 12.1.2 brings about enhanced support for the new Photos app in 10.10.3. The app, which essentially replaces both iPhoto and Aperture, features a new, lighter design and deep integration with Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library. Read More

 

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, 300 new emojis and other enhancements now available

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

As promised earlier this morning, Apple has now released the OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite software update for public consumption. It comes with the long-expected Photos app replacing iPhoto as the default consumer photo-management solution on Macs.

Other new features in the 1.52-gigabyte update include 300 new emoji with racially diverse designs, improvements to Wi-Fi networking, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. The software is available via the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More

 

OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac dropping today

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

Get your Macs ready for a major software refresh as Apple gears up to release the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software update with the long-awaited Photos for Mac app and other improvements.

Associated Press, which ran a review of Photos for Mac earlier this morning and first reported that the software update is due today, praised the software’s professional-level and advanced fine-tuning tools such as granular color correction.

“Apple’s new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures,” the news organization wrote. Read More

 

Google+ Photos now appear in Drive, Auto Backup for images and videos available in iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

The search giant Google announced yesterday it is adding support for Google+ Photos to the Drive app on iOS, Android and the web. “Starting today, the photos and videos you keep in Google+ Photos will also be available in Google Drive,” said the company.

In addition to storing your photos and files together in Drive, the refreshed Google Drive for iOS app has introduced a new Auto Backup feature to ensure that your Camera Roll photos and videos are safely backed up in the Google cloud. Read More

 

Amazon offers to store all your files for $60 per year, or just photos for 99 cents per month

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

Amazon has just upped the ante in the cloud-storage arena by announcing Thursday a pair of disruptive cloud storage plans, with a new Unlimited Everything tier available to store as many photographs, video clips and documents as you possibly have, for a flat fee of sixty bucks per year, a massive price reduction over previous prices.

Another, lower-priced tier called Unlimited Photos will keep an unlimited number of photos backed up in the Amazon cloud, and up to five gigabytes of videos and files, in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or just 99 cents per month.

Both new plans store your files securely on Amazon’s Cloud Drive services and are available now on the web. Read More

 

GoPix lets you create short slideshows to share with friends

By Lory Gil on Mar 26, 2015

If you like sharing pictures with friends and family on social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram, you are probably itching for a new medium to show them off. Instead of static pics or multi-panel collages, you could really wow them with a slideshow.

GoPix is a slideshow creator that turns your pictures into memories by combining image transitions and music into one simple action. We’ve got an app review of GoPix for you today. Read More

 

AlbumShot creates app-specific albums for your screenshots

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 10, 2015

Are you looking for a way to better organize the screenshots that you take with your iPhone? If so, then you should take AlbumShot for a spin.

AlbumShot is a recently released jailbreak tweak that creates albums in the Photos app to store the screenshots that you take. But it doesn’t just create a single album; it creates an album for each app that you take a screenshot for. Watch our full video walkthrough for more details. Read More

 

iMovie for Mac gains Photos for OS X integration

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2015

iMovie, Apple’s consumer-level software for editing video bundled free with every new Mac sold, has been refreshed today with support for the upcoming Photos for OS X application, which launches later this year.

With Photos for OS X integration, iMovie users can add photos to their projects by browsing their Moments, Collections, Favorites and Albums that have been stored in Photos for Mac, without leaving iMovie. Read More

 

Apple reminds users it’s pulling Aperture from the Mac App Store this spring

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015

Apple on Thursday began sending out emails to Aperture users, reminding them that the software has been discontinued. When the new Photos app for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store.

Users will still be able to use the popular photo editor in OS X Yosemite, but when the removal occurs, you will no longer be able to buy additional copies. Apple also notes that Aperture libraries can by migrated into Photos OS X. Read More

 

How to rotate photos on iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2015

We’ve all been there: you want to take a photo in landscape mode, but before your iPhone accelerometer has registered it should rotate from portrait to landscape, you’ve already taken the shot. The result is a nice photo, but one that looks funny on your screen. Try to rotate the screen, and the photo rotates with it. It’s annoying, but of course, as you may already know, there is an easy way to rotate that photo so it looks good on your screen. Read More

 

PhotoRes: adjust the aspect ratio of photos taken with the Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 13, 2015

Notice the interesting aspect ratio of this photo? This was done on the fly using PhotoRes, a free new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

PhotoRes allows users to select from over a dozen pre-defined aspect ratios along with adjusting the resolution of photos taken with the stock Camera app. Once the settings are established, you can begin taking photos using the changes immediately, as no pesky resprings are required. Read More

 

How to straighten iPhone photos

By Sébastien Page on Feb 13, 2015

If you look at my Instagram account, you’ll clearly see a similarity to a majority of my shots: they usually feature some straight lines, generally the line of the horizon. I’m kind of obsessed with straight lines, because, well, I guess I’m just OCD like that. The problem is all photos aren’t shot perfectly straight, and more often than not, you’ll have to manually straighten them to get them leveled to your liking.

Straightening a photo isn’t a pro tip by any means, but the feature isn’t necessarily very obvious either, hence this quick tip on how to straighten a photo on iPhone. Read More

 

Photos app and the power of search

By Sébastien Page on Feb 12, 2015

You’d think that searching through your photos should be an impossible task. Unlike a text document, there are no actual words you can look for in a photo. But your photos can hold very precious information that can help surface some details about your shots. If you have Location Services enabled for your iPhone camera app, then all your shots contain location metadata, allowing you to perform very specific searches in the stock Photos app of iOS.

And with the release of iOS 8, Apple has included some very powerful features to help you find that one photo you were looking for. Read More

 

How to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to Mac

By Lory Gil on Feb 12, 2015

In my line of work, I constantly need pictures on my desktop or laptop that I’ve taken on my iPhone. I personally use iCloud on iPhoto because the images immediately appear on my synced computers. However, there are a number of different ways to transfer pictures to your desktop or laptop, which also makes it much easier to delete them off of your iPhone, freeing up space.

We’ve got a basic how-to guide for transferring photos from your iPhone or iPad Photos app to your Mac using a few different options. Read More

 

How to see places where your iPhone photos were taken

By Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

Before iOS 7, there was an easy way to have a visual overview of where your photos were taken on a map. This feature called Places was actually part of the Photos app. While it arguably had limited purposes, the Places tab was sometimes a nice way to browse your photos based on the location where they were taken.

But with the release of iOS 7, that feature went bye bye and was replaced by a more subtle way of looking at the different locations where your photos were shot, assuming of course you have Location Services turned on for the Camera app. If the feature is similar, the way to access it is definitely more tricky.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can visualize the location where your photos were taken directly from the Photos app. Read More

 

How Photos for Mac handles iPhoto imports

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

New details continue to trickle out concerning Apple’s upcoming Photos for Mac software, as Jason Snell shared some previously unknown tidbits regarding how Photos handles iPhoto imports.

Rather than duplicate the photos during the import process, Photos creates Unix-style hard links to files, allowing for quite a few interesting features detailed further below. Read More

 

Apple confirms Aperture will be pulled from Mac App Store after Photos for OS X launches

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Professional photographers who rely on Aperture to manage and touch up their photos might be interested to learn that the pro-grade application will no longer be available in the Mac App Store after Photos for Mac launches in Spring.

As first noted by French blog MacGeneration, Apple’s official Aperture webpage has been refreshed with a line confirming “when Photos for OS X is available this Spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store.” Read More

 

Nutshell for iPhone lets you create beautiful cinematic stories from your photos in an instant

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Nutshell Camera from the team at Prezi should probably be the latest addition to your iPhone photography arsenal.

Available free in the App Store, it’s really easy to use. Just pick three photos from your Camera roll, add some fun captions and graphics and let Nutshell do its magic. The app will map your photos to video, creating an instantly shareable cinematic story.

Your visual vignettes can be shared with the web at large by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or sent to via SMS, email, WhatsApp and more. Read More

 
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