Easy photo man­age­ment

See Sierra’s im­pres­sive up­grades that make it eas­ier to find your pho­tos

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS - Alan Stone­bridge

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How to make use of the new Mem­o­ries and im­proved im­age anal­y­sis fea­tures to view your pho­tos.

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macOS Sierra

Whether you’re a hob­by­ist or a pro, photography is such a pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity that it’s no won­der that some of Sierra’s big­gest changes are in the Pho­tos app.

These im­prove­ments go fur­ther than pre­vi­ous changes, which ad­dressed short­com­ings that stemmed from Ap­ple re­plac­ing the app’s pop­u­lar pre­de­ces­sor, iPhoto, and start­ing from scratch with its photo man­age­ment tool.

One of the most prom­i­nent new fea­tures is Mem­o­ries, which live in an epony­mous tab in the app’s tool­bar. Over time, the app picks out col­lec­tions of pic­tures it thinks you might want to see again, typ­i­cally com­prised of pic­tures taken on or around the same date, or around a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion.

You can scroll through this au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ated time­line to look back at all the mem­o­ries the app has picked out. How­ever, that’ll only get more un­wieldy as the time­line gets longer, so the app en­ables you to add a me­mory to a col­lec­tion of your favourites, which are stored in a folder in the Al­bums tab. The app also lets you delete a me­mory if you dis­agree that it’s some­thing you’ll want to look at of­ten – per­haps there are one or two in­ter­est­ing im­ages in it, but many more that you’re not that fond of. Note that this only deletes the me­mory; its con­tents re­main in your photo li­brary.

A me­mory can be played as a slideshow by open­ing it and then click­ing the tool­bar’s Play but­ton, but there’s no op­tion there to ex­port it as a movie to share with oth­ers. How­ever, click the ad­ja­cent + but­ton, choose Slideshow, make a few de­ci­sions, and the slideshow is saved to the Projects tab. Se­lect it there, then choose File > Ex­port > Ex­port Slideshow.

In­tel­li­gent anal­y­sis

Pho­tos’ other big new fea­ture is au­to­matic anal­y­sis of your pho­tos – not just so you can then browse them by the peo­ple they con­tain, like in pre­vi­ous ver­sions, but so you can search for pic­tures that con­tain a spe­cific ob­ject or kind of scene. Un­til your en­tire li­brary has been scanned, the Peo­ple al­bum will show a count of how many pho­tos have been scanned and how many re­main. Anal­y­sis takes place when your Mac is con­nected to mains power and Pho­tos isn’t open. Open Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor, click the CPU tab and find pho­to­anal­y­sisd; it’s re­spon­si­ble for anal­y­sis – no­tice it’s sus­pended while Pho­tos is open and re­sumes its du­ties as soon as you quit the app.

Pho­tos picks out im­ages it be­lieves you’ll want to see again with­out you need­ing to find them

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