Smile on my Mac
The OS X version of Photos continues to provoke more questions than any other topic, likely because so many people have used iPhoto for so long and are working through the transition to software that was released while a little too green. While it ripens, I’m afraid the answer to so many of your questions is, “You didn’t miss anything—the feature isn’t in Photos.”
In some cases, features have transformed and can still be found in other places or through other means. One hopes that some cherished options will return in future updates. While Apple doesn’t respond to feedback, but it does accept it: If you want to see features return, file a request.
They give us those nice bright colors
Q: Can we still create a public website using the share button. I used that in iPhoto to share photos with friends with no Apple hardware.—JC Bronson
A: Yes: it’s now called iCloud Photo Sharing. In Photos > Preferences, click the iCloud button and check iCloud Photo Sharing to enable it. Then you can select any photos or albums, click the Share button in the top-right corner of Photos, and create a shared iCloud album.
You can invite people to that gallery, and even let them add photos and videos. You can also click the album menu (a person’s head in a circle as an icon), and check Public Website to open it up to anyone who has the URL.
An iCloud-shared library in Photos can be set to allow invited parties to add media and made available to anyone to view, too.
Q: One item I can not seem to find with the new app is the photo count for the albums column. There doesn’t seem to be a quick-glance way of seeing how many photos are in each album you’ve created without opening the album!—Gary Prescott
A: You’re correct. You must select an album, at which point the photo count appears in the upper right of the display as well as in the Info pane, if you have that displayed (Windows > Info).
Q: When editing photos, the Undo button is wonderful. Where is it in Photos?—Fred Tollison
A: It’s still there! But its function is a little different. After selecting a photo and clicking the Edit button in Photos’ upper right corner, each of the seven items have their own separate Undo. Click Enhance, and you can select Edit > Undo. But if you click Enhance, and then click Adjust, even without making any other changes, the Undo option is grayed out. You can always click Revert to Original, but then you lose all the changes you’ve made.
If you delete one or more pieces of media, there’s no Undo for that, but Photos doesn’t trash the items immediately. Instead, it puts them in a Recently Deleted holding pen for 30 days, which you see by choosing File > Show Recently Deleted. From there, you can select items and click Recover, or permanently delete (from this and all iCloud-connected devices) by clicking Delete.
The Recently Deleted special holding area keeps images you’ve tossed in the trash for 30 days.
Q: I cannot seem to copy and paste a photograph from my photo library to a Word document.—Matt Fisher
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