Apple Inc. rolled out a MacOS update amidst the flurry of product introductions in recent weeks. Among them, Mac OS High Sierra offers expanded photo functionality that companies are already taking advantage of. Deployed as an extension to the built-in Photos app, the new functionality was introduced at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in June. (Hans Hartman does a nice recap of the functions here🙂 At the time, most of the press was fascinated with ARKit, but the fact Apple Photos supported external editors is very interesting:
“Photos in macOS High Sierra adds a new always-on sidebar that presents albums and organization tools. A redesigned Edit view includes powerful new tools like Curves, for fine-tuning of color and contrast, and Selective Color, for making adjustments within a defined color range. Live Photos can now be edited with fun effects and Memories curates user photos and videos around several new topics. Photos now supports external editors, so Photoshop, Pixelmator and other apps can launch directly within Photos, with edits saved back to the Photos library. And for the first time, support for third-party project extensions gives users access to printing and publishing services, such as Animoto, ifolor, Shutterfly, WhiteWall and Wix, from right within the Photos app.”
MacOS High Sierra hit the download servers last week, so companies using the new Apple Photo Projects API are announcing their products. Here are links to recent announcements:
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This is an interesting trend, considering most photo-imaging and editing is now happening on mobile, and iOS Photos has had the ability to use external editors for some time. This is another way iOS and MacOS are becoming similar.