Photos and Aperture in El Capitan

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Photos and Aperture in El Capitan

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:07 pm

El Capitan's version of Photos includes the ability to add third-party plugins. Some are available in the App Store (see screenshot).

What I'd like to see is a sensible, feature-by-feature comparison of Photos and Aperture* with specific things users or reviewers think are missing from Photos. This might spur some developers to produce more plugins.

Fortunately, Aperture 3.6 works fine in El Cap, so I have another year to think about transitions for my 60,000 photos.
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Re: Photos and Aperture in El Capitan

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:44 am

I read on Macintouch today that two full-fledged photo editing apps now have plugins for Photos. This is so you can use them as external editors like you can in Aperture (and iPhoto, I think).

Affinity looks pretty slick, but I haven't tested it.
https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

macphun has FX Photo Studio in addition to the filtering and touchup apps mentioned above:

http://macphun.com/fxphotostudio?adw_ca
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Re: Photos and Aperture in El Capitan

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:43 pm

Here's a puzzle I solved today:

Since I installed El Capitan, I haven't had any problem importing images into Aperture, but Aperture didn't open automatically. That meant an extra couple of steps each time I plugged in a camera.

Searching around the web, I found the usual advice to set the preference in Image Capture. Aperture has its own preference, but apparently Image Capture's now overrides Aperture's.

But there's a trick. Image Capture has two preference settings, and one's hidden. And I was confusing one with the other.
You can set a preference for where to import images, in the lower middle of the Image Capture window. There's a different setting, hidden by default, for setting which app opens when you plug in a specific camera. This setting has to be chosen for each camera.* That's not all; there's another trick. Even the tiny reveal triangle that you have to click to see this preference is itself hidden until you choose a camera in the list above.

* Presumably this is also true of separate cards, if you remove the cards from the camera before importing. I rarely do that.
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Re: Photos and Aperture in El Capitan

Post by Stephen Hart » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:29 pm

Google's Nik collection is free:

https://plus.google.com/+NikCollection/ ... FGsG2Di7EK

At the moment, downloading these plugins will only help you in Photoshop and/or Aperture. Photos only accepts plugins from the App Store. Maybe Apple and Google can come to some agreement to make this freebie useful to Photos users.
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