External Editors for Photos… to Affinity, and Beyond!
I recently discovered External Editors for Photos in the App Store, which does exactly what it says — it allows any image editing app to be used as an external editor (i.e. “extension”) for OS X Photos!
For example, I have recently been using Affinity Photo, which is a fantastic replacement for Photoshop (much cheaper and easier and more intuitive to use — and the App Store's App of the Year 2015), but I could only use it in a limited way in conjunction with OS X Photos. Now with External Editors for Photos (99¢ or £0.79 in the UK App Store), I can access the whole of Affinity's full arsenal, directly from OS X Photos.
Not only that, but I can edit from Photos in the now free Google Nik collection… Perfect Photo Suite… ON1 Effects Free… Macphun Creative Kit… and any other Apps for editing that I have on my iMac.
What a difference this makes. It will even offer me all of the apps that accommodate RAW straight from OS X Photos, which overcomes one of the major shortcomings of using Photos in the first place.
I still haven't found a replacement for Aperture, but this may suffice while I wait for Serif to add DAM (Digital Asset Management) features to Affinity Photo.
Check out the demo video from the developer.
And of course…