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Apple Photos for OS X release date rumours and Q&A: Photos for Mac 'may launch tonight'

Karen Haslam | March 11, 2015
Apple announced a brand-new Photos app for Mac OS X alongside Yosemite, but we're been waiting a long time to get our hands on the new Photos app. Luckily Apple has now released a beta version, so in this feature we look at the beta version of the new Photos app and its new features and enhancements, and weigh up the clues and rumours about its final release date.

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Don't worry, if you don't want to host your photo library in the cloud you don't have to, you will still be able to store your images in a folder on your Mac (or on a separate storage device).

You can also choose to store images both in the cloud and on your Mac - just enable the Download Original To This Mac option, within Photos' iCloud preference.

The benefit of hosing your images in the cloud is that any change to an image made on any device will appear on all your devices.

If you import a lot of Raw image you may not want to store them in the cloud as they will be huge!

Currently, there's no way to access iCloud Photo Library images in Mac OS X, which is why you should be careful before switching it on using iOS. This is the primary feature that Photos will introduce. Once Apple has Photos for OS X ready we expect it to take iCloud Photo Library out of its beta status and sync up all our images across all our devices.

Sound good? Here's how to move to Photos from iPhoto

How can I prepare my iPhoto library for Photos for OS X

When you get your hands on Photos for OS X, which we think will be released to the general public during Apple's Spring Forward Apple Watch event tonight, you'll be asked if you'd like to import your iPhoto library.

We advise that you clear out any duplications and poor photos in your iPhoto library before switching to Photos. It's a good ideas to clear any clutter from your photo library - especially if your library is particularly large. Do some spring cleaning.

If you have managed to import lots of duplicates, you could try Propaganda Software's $8 Duplicate Annihilator for iPhoto.

Remove any thumbnail images by searching for 240 - this will pull up any 240 by 180 thumbnail images that may have been created in iPhotos past. But make sure you don't delete any 2400 pixel images while you are at it.

If you take a lot of screen shots on your iPhone, or random images that you don't intend to keep, search for the images taken with your current iPhone (or any iPhone, or for that matter iPad, you have ever owned).

You can refine your search further if you create a Smart Album. Choose File > New Smart Album and as well as searching for the camera model, you can search for other information such as ISO. This way if you wanted to find images you'd taken in low light you could search for ISO greater than 1250 and weed out the worst of your low light photos. Having identified these images the issue is that you can't just delete the images in a Smart Album because doing so won't delete the original image. In this case we recommend giving them 1 star so that you can then search for 1 star images and delete them.

 

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