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Saying goodbye to iPhoto

Saying goodbye to iPhoto

Apple has made it official on their website, the new Photos app will be here this spring. It will replace iPhoto, which I have used since 2002.

For me, iPhoto is a trip down memory lane. My library has more than 25,000 family photos. I’ve seen my four kids grow up with it.

From what I have seen, it’s not going to be a big change for me, the new Photos app will be faster and have more fine control adjustments. It’s going to be dressed up with a new interface with a better connection to the Cloud.

People complain that it doesn’t have enough controls, but I’ve never found that to be a problem. There are plenty of other programs to do more complex editing like Photoshop and Lightroom.

Its simple organization of Events, Photos and Faces has kept me on track all these years. It has helped me make beautiful slideshows and books along with sharing photographs to sites like Facebook and Flickr.

photos400pxIt was introduced at Macworld 2002 in San Francisco by Steve Jobs as part of the iLife suite.

Apple introduced it as the “missing link” in digital photography. And for me, it was the missing link, a simple way to keep my family photographs organized for so many years.

It’s the behind the scenes organization that I appreciate. It keeps track of the photos for me. It was the way Apple’s former CEO Jobs wanted it. He wanted to revolutionize the way we processed, organized and shared photographs. Look at how photography has continued to grow. People are taking more photographs than ever before and trying to keep them organized, which continues to be a problem.

Some photographers don’t like Apple’s unique under-the-hood  process, where you don’t make the folders yourself so it’s a little tricky to find the original photos. Apple sort of hides them within the app’s package system. Of course, there is less chance you will move them or trash them by mistake. Today most people want the computer and software to do the work for them.

Back in the day it was a pretty simple approach to archiving photographs. I called it the shoebox system. After having your film processed and printed you just tossed the photographs and negatives in an old shoebox in the closet. While this wasn’t the best system, it seemed to work. Of course there was no backup. I guess this is a good time to remind you to back up your digital images.

photos2-400pxSome of the photographs made it into scrapbooks, where many of the images, unfortunately, would yellow and age from the plastic protective sleeves covering the pages.

Because I have had many of these old snapshots scanned into digital images, it was a simple process inputting them into my iPhoto library. My collection starts well before I was using a digital camera. I do recommend scanning in your old snapshots; it’s amazing how good they look as digital images. If you don’t have a scanner or want to spend the time or do the work, there are plenty of places like ScanMyPhotos that will scan them for you at a reasonable cost.

The new Photos app coming this spring for Mac is an improvement over iPhoto. The new software has been designed from the ground up with new code to make it much faster with more fine editing controls. I guess I got used to the old iPhoto but I’m certainly willing to change. The software will have the look and feel of the iPhone iOS version but with more advancements making it much easier to transition between the iPhone, iPad and computer.

ICloud and Photos for the iPhone, iPad and Mac should work seamlessly together giving you access to your photographs whenever you need them. If you have a large iPhoto library, you will need to upgrade and pay for more storage on iCloud.

Apple’s more upscale photo organizing software, Aperture, will soon be phased out, leaving a void for many photographers. Apple is going to stop selling Aperture so eventually those users will have to use either the Photos app with fewer features or shift to more professional software like Adobe’s Lightroom.

It looks as if Apple has decided to focus more on the general photography public and not the professional photographer. It’s really not a surprise when you look at the number of images snapped every day with cellphones. They are the most popular cameras used today.

Here are a couple of video reviews of the new Photos software that was released in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta.

Photos: (top) Apple Computer and co-founder, CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates iPhoto software during his keynote speech at the Macworld Expo on January 7, 2002 in San Francisco, Calif. (John G. Mabanglo /AFP /Getty Images; (middle) The new Photos app which syncs between your computer, iPhone and iPad via iCloud (Apple); and (bottom) the Photos app displayed on an iMac desktop computer (Apple).

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  1. March 18, 2015, 6:56 am

    I hate iPhoto..! I opened the app one day and all my albums had disappeared. My protection plan expired and so I paid for an advisor to help me recover the missing photos from my Time Machine backup drive. After more than a week of daily attempts to restore my files, what happened was that I now had 18,000 single images recovered and no more organized albums. Did I say, "I hate iPhoto?"

  2. March 22, 2015, 11:07 am

    You lost me at "it's a little tricky to find the original photos." No thanks.

  3. March 22, 2015, 11:16 am

    Really? An "it's" vs. "its" error? If journalists cannot write anymore, where is our language heading?

  4. June 10, 2015, 8:49 am

    You can still use iPhoto and iMovie although it will show as locked on your Dock/taskbar. There is a Terminal work around.
    1) goto Applications, Right click Show Package Contents
    2) MacOS folder
    3) drag the iMovie or iPhoto onto your Dock or double click to open via Terminal and should work but may be buggy due to new OS.


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