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Apple promises 'professional-grade' features in OS X Photos

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue July 1, 2014

App will support third-party extensions

In the wake of Aperture's demise, the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite will incorporate professional-level features, an Apple representative claims. These include functions related to editing, effects, and image search, and support for third-party extensions. The spokesperson didn't go into any further details however.

Aperture was Apple's attempt at professional workflow software for photographers. The last major update was released in 2010 however, and Adobe Lightroom eventually became the industry standard.

What is known about Photos can be gleaned from the app's only official screenshot so far. Settings panels will let people adjust lighting elements like levels, exposure, contrast, highlights, and shadows, and color elements such as white balance and saturation. Apple has also promised that people will be able to import Aperture libraries.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 09-18-99

    Don't hold your breath. Vaporware.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Apple don't do vaporware.

  1. MacScientist

    Junior Member

    Joined: 02-14-00

    Originally Posted by Paul HuangView Post

    Don't hold your breath. Vaporware.

    No, not really. Photos for Mac is a port of existing software, not a new product. The application is currently included with iOS. It is not reasonable to assume that Apple will fail in its effort to port Photos from iOS to OS X.

  1. SierraDragon

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 03-22-04

    Lightroom is not the "industry standard."

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    "Lightroom is not the "industry standard." " As far as people who call themselves professionals are concerned, Adobe is the only vendor of professional photo, illustrative, and page composition software. Those of us who use other much less expensive software know better. It's like saying AutoCAD or Word are industry standard just because people have used them for a long time. There is better software available, it's just that enterprise and government installations have no idea how to change to better software, they continue to use what they're comfortable with.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    MacScientist: the current "Photos" app for iOS bears little resemblance to the product that's coming.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    MacScientist: the current "Photos" app for iOS bears little resemblance to the product that's coming.

  1. unicast reversepath

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 04-14-14

    reminds me of lyrics to a song by Naked Eyes:

    "You made me promises, promises
    Knowing I'd believe promises, promises
    You knew you'd never keep"

  1. DarkStarRed

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 06-09-05

    Your all missing the point! That being Aperture is being rebuilt to coexist between iOS & OS X & renamed, doing away with iPhoto.
    Since (iPhoto) was overlapping with basic features already, why keep

    Plus the fact they had already made Aperture cheeper to a Prosumer
    level, now it's integrated to the main iOS & OS X for Free!

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Originally Posted by DarkStarRedView Post

    Since (iPhoto) was overlapping with basic features already, why keep both?

    I completely agree. Why the heck is Apple making "Photos" when they already make iPhoto?

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    Perhaps it's the beginning of removing the "iLife" suite of apps and replacing them, one-by-one, with OS-default apps?

    It's highly unlikely that iPhoto and Photos will coexist for very long.

  1. MitchIves

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-25-14

    If, as reported it requires you to have all your photos in the cloud, then there will be push back by a number of users, especially pros. Some will see it as a "forced" method to get you to pay for a larger iCloud account. Time will tell...

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    There's nothing in the report -- and nothing we've seen here -- that indicates that you "have to have all your photos in the cloud." I'm not sure where you got that, but I think it *highly* unlikely. The OPTION of that will certainly be there, but Apple has always been super-sensitive to the importance of users' photos; its one of the most valuable things people put on their computers.

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