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Review: Photos for OS X is faster than iPhoto but less powerful than Aperture

Photos arrives with OS X 10.10.3, but should you use it? Jeff Carlson unwraps the new app and Apple's iCloud Photo Library feature.

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At a Glance
  • Apple Photos for OS X 1.0

    Macworld Rating

    Photos is a big step up for iPhoto users, with better speed and editing tools. Power users of Aperture will probably want to stay with Aperture or switch to another pro-level app like Lightroom.

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Photos is a big step up for iPhoto users, with better speed and editing tools. Power users of Aperture will probably want to stay with Aperture or switch to another pro-level app like Lightroom.

    Pros

    • Fast performance overall.
    • Improved editing tools over iPhoto.
    • Ability to connect to iCloud Photo Library and Apple’s greater photo ecosystem.

    Cons

    • Not a good option for dedicated Aperture users.
    • iCloud Photo Library sometimes stalled.
    • Hard to know the fault of delays.
    • Some odd choices in user interface (like the floating Info window)

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