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Apple Photos for Mac Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 138
Article Title = Apple Photos for Mac Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 7th July 2015
Article Last Updated = 21st September 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?138

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about Apple's new OS X Photos application that has replaced iPhoto

Apple Photos for Mac Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article is for Photos for Mac on OS X - it is not for Photos on iOS (iPhone / iPad / iPod touch).
Q. After upgrading OS X, iPhoto won't open and it says I need an update from the App Store for compatibility with Yosemite/El Capitan/Sierra but when I go to the App Store it says the app is not available. What can I do?
Q. Where has iPhoto gone/Can I use iPhoto with Yosemite/El Capitan/Sierra?
A. As of OS X 10.10.3 or later iPhoto has been discontinued and replaced with a new "Photos" application. If you have:
  • no version of iPhoto, iPhoto is no longer available and you must use Photos or a third party alternative to Photos
  • iPhoto 9.4.3 or earlier and you have not previously updated/purchased iPhoto 9.4.4-9.6.1 from the Mac App Store - iPhoto is no longer available and you must use Photos or a third party alternative to Photos
  • iPhoto 9.4.3 or earlier and you have previously updated/purchased iPhoto 9.4.4-9.6.1 from the Mac App Store - delete iPhoto from your Applications folder, go to Apple menu > App Store… > Purchased tab (login if necessary) > locate iPhoto 9.6.1 in your purchased list and click the Download/Update/Install button to the right
  • iPhoto 9.4.4-9.6.0 go to Apple menu > App Store… > Purchased tab (login if necessary) > locate iPhoto 9.6.1 in your purchased list and click the Update button to the right - if this does not work delete iPhoto first from your Applications folder, then go to Apple menu > App Store… > Purchased tab (login if necessary) > locate iPhoto 9.6.1 in your purchased list and click the Download/Install button to the right
Third Party Alternatives To Apple Photos Application
Q. When I open iTunes to sync my photos via USB to the my iPhone / iPad / iPod touch the "Copy photos from:" pop-up menu does not list Photos. What's wrong?
A. You must launch/run/open Photos and let it import/create/update your Photos Library before it will be available to sync. You may also need to do this before you open iTunes if you update OS X.
Q. How do I get a similar iPhoto view/workflow back?
A. Try this:
  1. Open Photos
  2. Go to View menu > Show Sidebar
  3. On the left the old iPhoto sidebar should now be visible including folders and albums with titles (you can resize it if you need it wider)
  4. On the left in that sidebar, somewhere near the top should be an "Albums" title > click on it (be careful to click on the Albums name and not on the 'Hide' text to the right of it or that will hide it!)
  5. This will give you the old iPhotos view on the right i.e. Quick links at the top for All Photos, Faces, Last Import, Panoramas and Videos (these are also accessible in the sidebar on the left)
  6. You can now manually manipulate folders, albums, titles and their order in the sidebar on the left or on the right - the big difference now is if you edit stuff on the right once you go into a "folder" of albums or an "album" the only way to go back up the tree is the little back button (<) in the very top left of the window (or you have to select something in the sidebar on the left to go somewhere else)
Q. How do I share photos via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc?
A. Select the photo(s) you want to share and then go to File menu > Share or right (Control) click on the photo(s) you want to share and select "Share" from the contextual menu.
Q. How do I export photos to the Desktop/storage device/USB stick?
Q. How do I export photos so I can share them via email e.g. Microsoft Outlook?
A. Do this:
  1. In Photos locate the photo(s) you want to copy/share and select them (use cmd key when clicking to select more than one photo at a time)
  2. Drag the Photo(s) from the Photos window to the Finder/Desktop (this will start the automatic export process that will copy the photos from Photos to the Finder but the photos will be full size 'Unmodified Originals') - if you are exporting a lot of photos it might be worth creating a folder for them on the Desktop
  3. OR step 2: go to File menu > Export X photos and follow the on screen instructions choosing the options that you want (includes options for reducing the image size)
    OR step 2: go to File menu > Export Unmodified Original and follow the on screen instructions (but the photos will be full size 'Unmodified Originals')
  4. You can now share the photos as you want including dragging them to a Microsoft Outlook email as inline photos or attachments

macOS 10.12 Sierra Photos

New features for this version of Photos (only available with macOS 10.12 Sierra):
  • Memories - automatically creates stunning slideshows and shareable collections of your best photos - based on people, places, holidays, and more.
  • Better face recognition (Photos doesn't automatically label faces with names, doesn't use previous Photos or iPhoto information, and doesn't import information from other devices).
  • Show photos on a world map (better Places with geotagging).
  • Better photo search including "objects" and "scenery" automatic tagging.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan Photos

New features for this version of Photos (only available with OS X 10.11 El Capitan):
  • Third-party editing tools (plug-ins) via the Mac App Store
  • Enhanced organisation capabilities:
    • Add a location to a single image or a group of photos
    • Batch change photo titles, descriptions and keywords
    • Naming your favourite people in Faces is faster with a streamlined workflow
    • Sort your albums — and the contents inside them — by date, title and more
    • Support for the new Live Photos format
  • Faster performance

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Article Keywords: Apple Photos for Mac FAQ frequently asked questions problems issues changes new features upgrade upgrading Mac OS X OSX macOS 1010 1011 1012 Yosemite ElCapitan El Capitan Sierra

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