Liv­ing the iLıfe

Mac Format - - APPLE OPINION - Gra­ham Bar­low Gra­ham Bar­low is still wait­ing for the right time to take the plunge and switch from his DVD to his Blu-ray player. Any day now…

So, a month af­ter in­tro­duc­ing OS X 10.10 Yosemite to the world at WWDC, Ap­ple has dropped its first big bomb­shell for Mac owner. Yosemite will ditch the tried and trusted iPhoto and Aper­ture apps in favour of a com­bined Pho­tos app. Ex­pe­ri­ence tells me this go­ing to be a dis­as­ter in its ini­tial phase. Look at the ev­i­dence. When Ap­ple started again from scratch with iMovie, we got an un­der­pow­ered and half-fin­ished ver­sion of the app. The same thing hap­pened when it re-imag­ined Fi­nal Cut X, too.

It took the new iMovie a good cou­ple of years to re­gain all the miss­ing fea­tures through up­dates. The same thing will hap­pen with Pho­tos. Oh, it’ll do all the ba­sics of course, like re­move Red Eye, brighten up pho­tos and store them in a li­brary. But I

Yosemite will ditch the tried and trusted iPhoto and Aper­ture apps in favour of a com­bined Pho­tos app

guar­an­tee there will be at least one fea­ture you cur­rently find es­sen­tial in iPhoto or Aper­ture that it will lack.

And while iPhoto and Aper­ture have some sim­i­lar­i­ties, they work in very dif­fer­ent ways. I don’t think that Ap­ple will stop you us­ing the ex­ist­ing ver­sions of iPhoto or Aper­ture though – they’ll just stop sup­port­ing them with up­dates. Over time they’ll be­come more and more un­sta­ble.

I’d sug­gest that when you get Yosemite, by all means check out the new Pho­tos app, but don’t dive straight in and make it your main photo stor­age app. Make sure you’ve still got your old copies of iPhoto and Aper­ture some­where in your Ap­pli­ca­tions folder, and wait a year for Pho­tos to find its feet.

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