Or­gan­ise pho­tos in macOS Sierra


TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ ALAN STONEBRIDGE ]

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 fa­vorites, 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’.

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