What’s new in El Cap­i­tan

Up­grade your sys­tem to ben­e­fit from essen­tial im­prove­ments to Photos

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Since Photos’ de­but on the Mac, Ap­ple has ad­dressed some of the de­fi­cien­cies that dis­cour­aged some peo­ple from switch­ing from iPhoto.

No­tably, you can now add lo­ca­tion data to photos that don’t have it, and edit it on those that do if you find your cam­era’s GPS is a lit­tle off. Se­lect one or more photos, choose Win­dow > Info, then click As­sign a Lo­ca­tion at the bot­tom of the Info win­dow (if there is no ex­ist­ing lo­ca­tion) or click on the row above the minia­ture map (if there is). En­ter the name or post­code of a lo­ca­tion, then se­lect the cor­rect one from the list of match­ing places. If you want to ex­plore a lo­ca­tion in more de­tail than the Info win­dow al­lows, grab the Get Se­lected Photos Items and Show Lo­ca­tion in Maps ac­tions for Au­toma­tor from pho­to­sautoma­tion.com, add them to a Ser­vice work­flow in that or­der, save the work­flow and, op­tion­ally, as­sign it a key combo un­der Short­cuts > App Short­cuts in your Mac’s key­board pref­er­ences.

Much like you can as­sign the same lo­ca­tion to mul­ti­ple photos at once, Photos in El Cap­i­tan lets you set the same ti­tle, de­scrip­tion or key­words for mul­ti­ple pic­tures at the same time. Do­ing so for key­words is per­haps the most use­ful as it helps speed up cat­e­gori­sa­tion of your photos, which en­cour­ages the use of Smart Al­bums to find li­brary items that match cer­tain cri­te­ria (File > New Smart Al­bum).

Just the way you like it

Photos in Yosemite al­lows you to drag the con­tents of al­bums into what­ever or­der you like, or you could sort them by the date on which they were taken. El Cap­i­tan’s ver­sion has two date op­tions, en­abling you to put ei­ther the new­est or old­est photos in an al­bum at the top. You can also choose to sort al­bums by ti­tle, which gives you a way to se­ri­alise photos us­ing the same ti­tle fol­lowed by a num­ber. How­ever, note that the abil­ity to batch re­name photos doesn’t of­fer a way to add num­bers au­to­mat­i­cally, so you have to do it man­u­ally. Do­ing this means you can in­stantly get photos back into what­ever nar­ra­tive or­der you’ve es­tab­lished for an al­bum, whereas that or­der would be lost if you were to man­u­ally ar­range items and then choose one of the date op­tions.

Photos could al­ready de­tect faces in images, but iden­ti­fy­ing them was a chore be­cause you could only se­lect one at a time, which re­sulted in a lot of click­ing. You’re now able to se­lect mul­ti­ple photos at once, mak­ing this a far quicker process, and con­se­quently you’re more likely to be both­ered to use it.

Re­cover from mis­takes

Ac­ci­den­tally re­mov­ing a photo from your li­brary could cause panic be­fore now, if you some­how pressed

∫ then ® , or ç+∫ to skip the con­fir­ma­tion dia­log. Photos al­ready pro­vided a way to re­cover photos for up to 30 days af­ter ‘dele­tion’, but you had to be aware of this fea­ture’s pres­ence in the File menu. It’s now a per­sis­tent item in the Al­bums view. Go there, then pro­ceed as you would be­fore: se­lect items to put back in your li­brary and click Re­cover.

The Faces fea­ture is quicker to work with, so you’re more likely to use it

Faces used to be a chore be­cause you had to iden­tify faces one at a time. Now you can whizz through con­firm­ing or re­ject­ing the app’s at­tempts to pair them with names.

El Cap­i­tan’s ver­sion of Photos dis­penses with the need to add lo­ca­tion data to pic­tures be­fore you im­port them into your li­brary.

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