Just a little more than a week after officially releasing OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to the general public, Apple has moved on to the next version of the software.
Registered developers can now download the first beta version of OS X 10.10.3 from the Mac App Store. And the biggest addition is the long awaited Photos app.
Apple announced back at WWDC 2014 that iPhoto and Aperture would no longer be supported. And this new Photos app would take their place.
Here’s the complete description for the new app:
All new for OS X, Photos automatically organizes your photo library and helps you perfect your photos with comprehensive editing tools. You can also store your photos and videos int he cloud using iCloud Photo Library, and access them on all your devices.
Photos lets you:
* Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views
* Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
* Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
* Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com with any web browser
* Perfect your 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 photo books with simplified bookmarking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
* Purchase prints in new square and panoramtic sizes
We’ll let you know if there are any other new additions in the software. OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, with the new Photos app, should arrive to the public sometime this spring.
If you can’t wait for the new app, our own Bryan M. Wolfe recently examined some other options to iPhoto.
I’m glad to see Apple finally unveil the new Photos app. I’ve given up on truly attempting to use iPhoto years ago, and the new version looks much more to my liking and similar to the iOS Photos app. This is a big first step in making photo storage much more seamless between the Mac and iOS platforms.
And keep a lookout here on AppAdvice as we will be publishing a preview of the Mac Photos app soon.
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