Disclaimer - I don’t have access to the developer preview, so these thoughts are based off of information from Apple and several videos of Photos in action. Also, I need to own up and note I opted into Adobe’s CC Photography plan (long before Apple announced they were ending development of iPhoto and Aperture). That said, here are some random observations:
- Repeat after me - this is just a beta…this is just a beta. Point being - it ain’t finished yet.
- I don’t think Photos was designed to be a full blown replacement for Aperture. Apple lost a lot of ground and users to Lightroom when Lightroom 4 came out. While Lightroom’s interface was a lot more clunky than Aperture’s, the editing tools in the Develop module tended to do a better job than Aperture’s.
- While this isn’t a full blown Aperture replacement, it’s a lot better than iPhoto. Photos appears to retain Aperture’s basic editing tools - highlight/shadow, black point, definition, etc. It also does include levels.
- Remembering back to the WWDC 2014 keynote, one of the big things that stood out to me is the availability of extensions by third parties to add functionality. Craig demo’d an extension that added lens/perspective correction. I have to believe that this extension will be available when Photos ships with 10.10.3. I have to wonder….developers have two months or so to create usable extensions for Photos that will add functionality.
- Yes - Photos is designed towards the consumer. But…it’s way better than anything that’s built into that other operating system from the boys and girls in Redmond.
- There’s a myth that Photos will make people store all their images in iCloud. Totally false. If you want to, you can - but you don’t have to. That sort of stuff is for hipsters who don’t know how to cull through their images and delete the crappy ones. You still have the ability to store your images on your hard drive.