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9/4/2015 0 Comments
Apple has been very busy this week. Not only has it released the iOS update for iPhones and iPads (iOS 8.3), it has also released an update to the Mac operating system, OS X.
OS X 10.10.3 contains several improvements and stability changes. (Here is the Apple Support page with the content of the release.)
But the key thing that this update includes is the new Photos app, which replaces the long-standing photos management app for Mac, iPhoto.
When you install OS X 10.10.3, you will no longer see your iPhoto app in the dock. In its place will be the new Photos app.
When you open this Photos app for the first time, it will ask you if you want to migrate your library from iPhoto to Photos.
If you are ready to do this, just answer 'yes' to this question. But just be aware that the Photos App looks quite different to the iPhoto app - it looks more like the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad.
My first glance at this new app highlighted a very key difference. This new App does not include any 'Events'. So, if you are someone who has used Events to manage your grouping of your photos, you may be very disappointed with the new iPhoto replacement. Before moving to it, you may want to think about getting your key Evens put into Albums so that you don't lose this grouping.
The great thing about the new 'look' of the Photos app is that it is very much the same as the Photos app on the iPad and iPhone, so it seems very familar and (for me) easy the use.
Here is a gallery of images of my new Photos app, just so you can get a 'flavour' of what it looks like.
Not quite ready for this change?
But those of you who are not quite ready for a major change need not fear!
You don't need to rush in to upgrading to the new Photos app - even if you decide that you want to install OS X 8.3.
Your iPhoto app and your iPhoto library is still on your Mac, and can still be used in place of the new Photos app. This will allow you to prepare yourself for the upgrade in your own time.
You will find your iPhoto app still residing in your Applications. Just look for it in your Launchpad, in the Applications folder in your Finder, or by using your Spotlight search at the top right of your screen.
If you want to remove the new Photos App from the dock (so that you don't accidentally use it instead of iPhoto), just right-click on its icon in the dock (which may be a two-finger click on the trackpad for some of you), go up to Options and 'untick' Keep in Dock. To keep your iPhoto App in the doc, just right-click on it, go to Options and 'tick' Keep in Dock.
If you have any questions about any of the above, just leave a comment below.
(If you are not sure how to enable the 'right click' function for for your mouse/trackpad, here is an earlier iTandCoffee article on this topic: Do you have 'right-click' enabled on your Mac?)
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