There are times when it is obvious that Apple is shining light between being the ability of app developers and becoming the thief who takes all the good ideas developed by others.
Apple plays the game of board games and any technology companies. That is why we have default versions of Safari, Mail, Calendar, Photos, Garagebands, Notes and Reminders, although similar apps may have more features. This week I installed the preview of macOS High Sierra and tried the new Photos app. You are in for a surprise.
Upping The Ante
Apple board games are well known and most are used by a majority of Mac users. It does not mean the world is still. Third-party app developers improve their products and Apple does the same. Some of the most impressive new features in MacOS High Sierra are in the new Photos app, complete with new file formats and a growing laundry list of new features.
Compare – No more jumps back and forth between pictures. Just use the Compare button to view images side by side before searching and adjusting or tweaking that really does not do anything.
Tweaks – Talking about adjustments, Photos in MacOS High Sierra are not Photoshop, but it has a lot more image Adjust tools, including curves and Selective Color that the blender had. Adjust the tint, luminance, range and saturation for a particular color.
Filters – Images in new filter panel provide an additional list of styles for your photos.
HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image Format. As the name suggests, there is a more streamlined way to save image files. It makes it possible to create digital photos in smaller file sizes while retaining higher image quality than the JPEG option. HEIF is not really a format as such, more of a container for images and sound. As Apple has outlined the use, it will be to save still images encoded with the HVEC video format. This will work very well with Live Photos, as more images can be stored in the HEIF container.
GIF Support – This is one of the old standards of the past, completely unchanged in decades, which has made such a revival as animated videos as Apple decided now, it's time to park GIF- support for images.
Sidebar Fun – The sidebar is back, always on and packed with a number of new views including chronological order for previously imported photos, new media types, which also show panoramas, selfies, slow motion and burst shots, among others.
Edit – I have never liked how to edit the job in Photos, but now I do. Tools are at the top, choose one and get another set of tools to match the new image filters. Some of these are hidden tools from the past, but now visible.
Competition – Images in High Sierra means that you can select an image in Images and open it in a third party image enhancement app; Photoshop, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo or whatever else you need that provides more tools than Apple provides with images.
Memories – This feature took some time to appreciate but basically there are a dozen new Minner categories and Apple pushes its own version of machine learning to another level by recognizing images in your collection which contains specific and obvious objects. You can click on pets or weddings or birthdays or anything else on the list and see all the photos from this category without having to add keywords yourself.
These are the highlights of my weekend with MacOS High Sierra and pictures.