Now that we’ve had a chance to play with the official release of Photos, I’d be interested in sharing first impressions.
Generally I prefer not to join the crowd bagging new Apple releases as they nearly always come good in the end and clearly their policy is to release things that are feature-light and build from there. That said, I have to say I find Photos quite disappointing.
Given the photo management and editing brain power and knowledge base the company has accumulated over the years, particularly around Aperture – not to mention the time taken for this first release to appear – Photos is just so light on the asset management side of things as to be almost useless for anyone but the most basic user. And even they are going to find Photos buggy and counterintuitive at times.
Yet they have included, under the bonnet, some more-than-basic editing tools that basic users won’t know how to use (but not enough to satisfy semi-advanced users). It’s hard to know who this first version is aimed at.
There are so many other apps out there that do even the most basic jobs better. Mylio is a prime example: it’s not over complicated but at the same time it does the basics well: ratings and geotagging, for instance. And it syncs pictures and their edits almost instantly.
I’m sure Photos will improve – I’m just not sure I understand why Apple wouldn’t have left iPhoto in place for a bit longer, or invested a bit more in Photos before releasing it into the wild.
Am I being unfair?
I think I will use Photos for my iPhoto pictures, and that will be about it for a good while to come. Even then I will end up duplicating those pictures in Lightroom so that I can group iPhoto and non-iPhoto pics from, say, the same holiday all in one place.