May 01

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Apr 26

Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course review

By Keith Claussen, QCMUG

iPhoto is dead. So is Aperture. Why did Apple have to let them die? Author Jason Snell goes into this a bit, but does’t dwell on it too much. What he does try to do is identify the main features from the former apps and let the reader know where or how to use it in Photos, given that it still exists.

Apple appears (or at least we hope) that Photos is taken a similar path that the Final Cut Pro 7 to X transition was: a from-scratch rewrite, with basic features that grow overtime to fully replace the outgoing version. Many features were added over the beta process and Jason does a good job covering the basics. A huge advantage with the Take Control Series has been with the electronic distribution format, it’s very easy to issue updates that cover changes, errata, and added features. This ebook is no different (an update is slated for May release, which will cover even more in depth and cover any missed topics in the initial release).

Photos for Mac covers importing photos from iPhoto libraries and new content, how it handles those files (including multiple libraries), navigating the interface, who to add info to images, making albums (and smart albums too), and covers the biggest feature over the previous apps: iCloud integration.

There are tidbits offered, such as letting you know star ratings are no longer available, but if an iPhoto library is imported, it retains those ratings in the form of keywords (such as ‘3 star’).

Overall, Jason does a nice job covering an overview of the application. Now, what this book isn’t, is a step by step, lesson style book, such as Adobe’s Classroom in a book series. It’s really a quick start guide with the important points to be aware of while transitioning. At 30 pages, it seems to be on the light side, BUT, as stated earlier, an update is already in the works for release in the next few weeks, which is included with purchase. Beat that, dead tree editions!

The book sells for $10 on http://www.takecontrolbooks.com and is recommend for anyone timid about taking the plunge into the new Photos app, has never used iPhoto or Aperture, or curious about what will be missing in translation.