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New Features in the Photos App In macOS Catalina

December 10, 2019

Hi this is Gary with In today’s episode let’s take a look at what’s
new in the Photos app in macOS Catalina. MacMost is made possible thanks to viewers
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about the Patreon campaign, join us and get exclusive content. So with macOS Catalina we get Photos version
5. Now it isn’t too different from Photos version
4 that came with macOS Mojave but one of the biggest changes is right there, upfront, for
you to see immediately. That’s that now things are organized by Years,
Months, and Days rather than Years, Collections, and Moments. This is a good thing because Collections and
Moments was kind of confusing. What exactly made up a collection. What exactly made up a moment. Months and Days is very clear. If you don’t see these four options up here
click on Photos on the left. If you shrink this window enough you’ll have
a pull down menu instead of four buttons. Years is pretty straight forward. It groups everything by year. It takes one photo from that year and uses
that as the thumbnail. Then you can double click to jump into any
year. Now when you do that you’ll end up in months. So you can switch between Years and Months
either by clicking up here or by being in Years and double clicking on a year to jump
into it. Now you’re in the Months view. Some months will be represented by a single
photo. Others by groups of photos. Sometimes two, sometimes three, sometimes
even more. The groups are usually broken up in different
ways. For instance for this month you can see it’s
broken up showing three different days that photos were taken. Sometimes these will be date ranges. Sometimes these will be days but different
locations inside that day. When you double click on one of these you’ll
jump down to Days. Here it groups everything by day in a big
scrolling list and you can see the days as you move by. So, for instance, if we keep moving we see
a new day there and we keep moving more we see a new day there. Then it breaks it up using, kind of, some
sort of logic to figure out what the best photo is, or the most interesting one at least,
and then smaller and smaller thumbnails for different photos. It’s not going to use all the photos. Just the ones it thinks are representative
of what’s in there. You also get these three dots here. You can play a video showing you the photos
from that day. Notice it also uses animation to go in and
out of these. So, for instance, if I select this photo here
and I go to Months you can see how it shrunk that photo into here. Kind of visually allowing me to keep my place
to where things are. So to get back to that photo I just double
click in there. So I can select a photo, go to Months and
you can see it shrink down into that. If I go into Years you could see that year
shrink over there. It allows me to visually keep my place as
I move between Years, Months, and Days. Now you still have the All Photos view just
like you did before. If you select that you just get this grid
list showing you all the photos. You can scroll through it. It’s just in chronological order. But we have a new feature now where you can,
instead of seeing every bit of all the different photos, giving you some vertical, some horizontal,
some landscape ones, you can now go and see them all as square photos. So you click there and now they’re all square. It zooms in, more or less, on the center of
the photo although it’s supposed to use intelligence to figure out if there’s a more interesting
part of the photo to show. Then you can scroll through and instead of
having a lot of blank space there it could be a lot easier to spot things if they’re
all the same size square. You also have the ability to shrink or enlarge
the size of these. This can go quite small. In this collection here of samples there’s
only about four or five hundred pictures and this is how small it gets. But in my main library when I shrink it all
the way these actually become quite small little thumbnails. Another new feature is in Memories if you
go to a particular memory you’ll see a Play button here and you’ll be able to play a video
here showing a movie of this memory. You’ve got settings here where you can change
the music and also the length of this memory video. This is something we had in iOS before but
now it’s new to the Mac Photos app. Another new feature is that in Years, Months,
Days, and All Photos if you move the cursor over a live photo or video it automatically
starts playing there in the thumbnail. You can turn that off in Photos Preferences. Now because machine learning is involved with
a lot of the stuff here you may not see some of these features right away. As a matter of fact if you go to Years view
and then you scroll all the way to the bottom you’ll see a Progress Bar. So it may take a little while for you to see
the best photos in the Days and Months view and for some of these other features like
Memories to also start appearing. There are no changes to the Editing tools
this time around which is a shame because there’s some new things in iOS 13 that I would
like to see here like the ability to use filters and light and color changes in videos as well
as photos. But perhaps we’ll see that in an incremental
updating at some point.


  • Reply Creative life October 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Like the way your image on the video and the audio any tips or softwares you use equipments list ?

  • Reply stephen clark October 16, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Macmostvideo is fantastic! Excellent job finding and explaining things

  • Reply David Wood October 16, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Great video, great tips 👍🏻

  • Reply Dee Dev October 17, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Looks great but have the search improved and best google where AI can help users find objects, scenes and people through facial recognition. ??

  • Reply justsendit October 18, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    When adding titles to my images they are only visible in Album views and not in the All Photos view. Since I’ve gotten into the habit of adding titles to pretty much all of my images, It would be nice if there was an option to view and edit titles in the All Photos view as well. In addition, these titles do not appear anywhere in the Photos app in iOS or iPad OS.

  • Reply King Robert October 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Collections and moments wasn't confusing it was totally unnecessary bullshit.

  • Reply Joseph Potterf October 20, 2019 at 12:43 am

    have they fixed duplicate photo removal

  • Reply SOUTH EAST ASIA GOING ASTRAY October 21, 2019 at 11:17 am

    big deal, nothing interesting here.

  • Reply BarbaraL Lowell October 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    is there a way to choose a photo let's say a dog, and ask it to find all of these? so scan thru my whole lot of photos and bring up all similar shots, like lets say my garden?

  • Reply Lakerfanalways R October 22, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Not sure why but I cant import any photos to Photos app after updating to Catalina. I do it the same as Ive always done it in the past but when I click on review to import(It shows the photos I want to import) nothing happens

  • Reply GallicGarlic October 23, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Does Photos group RAW + JPEG? Thx

  • Reply GallicGarlic October 23, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Any reason to use Photos when you catalog your pictures in Lightroom?

  • Reply Stella October 23, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Apple trying to figure out the logic is useless, you should be able to configure this layout yourself.
    I like the square feature but I get a time lag form Photos – The recent tab is quicker?

  • Reply Sherlock October 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Do you have any problems when you delete the photos in your own albums or delete the albums which you created by yourself? I mean the photos still exist in your library after deleting them.

  • Reply Kip Vaughan October 26, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    It actually doesn't surprise me that are no new editing features. With great plug-in apps like Pixelmator Pro offering Photoshop like functionality right in the Photo app why wouldn't Apple just rely on the excellent work which is already being done? I hope the Affinity Photo plug-in can work well like Pixelmator Pro at some point as well.

  • Reply trayNTP October 27, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Every one of your newer videos is starting over for me before they finish. I haven’t had that issue with other channels.

  • Reply thecahn October 31, 2019 at 4:56 am

    I hate how it hides a lot of pictures. It hides some of my favorite photos now. You might say, why not use the "all photos" tab? Because the "all photos" tab doesn't break the photos into days/locations like the old Photos used to. The whole thing is a big cluttered mess.

  • Reply BK November 4, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I hate Photos, for no apparent reason I have three copies of everything and nothing works to get rid of them, Apple support is total crap

  • Reply kinhoproteo November 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    hello! does photo app allow to import a photo folder from the finder, and keep them (show them) in this folder in the app? for example importing my finder album folder called: "my birthday" the app will keep a folder or album named this way? Another question: i want to see just photos taken by night, is it possible? For example: see all photos taken after 6:00 pm whatever the date?

  • Reply Gabriele Fastelli November 6, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    iPhoto the best photo shit

  • Reply LWren Walraven November 7, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Can you address how to use the Catalina version of iPhotos with a seller platform like Etsy? I cannot figure out how to access the photos from there.

  • Reply Brigitte Ha November 10, 2019 at 1:44 am

    I have many white thumbnails. Where are those pictures?

  • Reply Morten Borg November 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    The new views completely ruins Apple Photos 🙁 The "Days" hides a lot of photos and the "All Photos" is a complete mess. It was much better under Mojave. And the "AI" to detect which photos to make larger is a joke – Apple has no way to tell which photos I would prefer larger.

  • Reply Florian H. Wave November 14, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I hate the new view in the photos app so much! You only have one photo as preview in the "years", "months" or "days" view, so I always have to remember what year/month/day I took a certain photo, if I'm looking for a particular one. It even hides photos to get them into a grid! If I want to see the hidden ones, or see all photos, then I have to switch to "all photos", which is the endless stream of photos that we all hate from early versions of iOS. I was glad that this was gone. Now I have no other choice! I hate it so much! I wish I could downgrade again!!

  • Reply Eduardo Calvachi November 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the video. Are we able to sort photos by most recent first in the All Photos view?

  • Reply Fred Smith November 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Nice Video, but Photos 5 is bullshit. I miss "Moments"

  • Reply Mike Kennedy November 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for the lesson. Do you think there is some AI coming into play? I have some smart albums that are not working? Whenever I try to move photos to my albums it make a new untitled album? Thank you again for the help again,

  • Reply Monty Crain November 22, 2019 at 4:55 am

    I was able to back up the photos from my sister's old Iphone 4 with a busted screen recently I have been unable to move and burn a folder of them onto a Blank DVD for her after a lot of trying. I"ve also noticed much more freezes and crashes with Catalina.I can't say I'm a fan, Any help would be Appreciated.

  • Reply Unko Lema November 22, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Catalina Photos doesn’t remove duplicates and clutter like it said it would 🙁

  • Reply Mei Yen Ch'ng December 8, 2019 at 8:38 am

    where can I find the photos from finder?

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