Last year Apple announced at its developers conference that it was going to replace both its desktop image management and editing applications, iPhoto and Aperture with one single app called Photos. Now it has released a preview of the new software with a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 which has been made available to developers.
As expected, Photos is much more geared towards the iPhoto consumer level users than the enthusiasts and professionals who might have been managing and editing their image collections in Aperture. Photos emphasizes on iCloud Photo integration, giving you access to your image library from any device. Both video and image files and edits are synced immediately across all connected devices. To save storage on your device there is an option to store full resolution photos and videos in the cloud only and display lower-res versions on the device.
In terms of photo organization the app offers the Moments, Collections and Years views that most users will be familiar with from the iOS8 Photos mobile app. Editing tools include Light, Color, Black & White, Levels, White Balance, Definition, Vignette and Revert. The selection of filters is again in line with the ones found on the iOS Photos app. Sharing to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks and platforms is built in and via the Projects interface that is also available in iPhoto and Aperture your images can be used for photo books, greeting cards and similar projects.
It seems Photos is a nice step up from the current iPhoto app but might not be what Aperture users were hoping for. Adobe's Lightroom looks like the most obvious replacement for Aperture in the long run. Non-developers will be able to access the final production version of Photos later this spring.
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