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Photos for Mac to Include Plugins

by: Karl Johnson | Jul 14, 2014

PreviewNow that we know iPhoto and Aperture are going away, it is time to look at Photos for the Mac. Photos for the Mac will not come with every feature the user wants, especially the professional or prosumer. Little is known about Photos for the Mac and Apple is not planning to add much. Hope for high end users comes from one feature Apple has said to include: third-party extensibility or plugins.

Plugins for Photos could add those extra features that users want, but are not included. There are alot of great small applications for editing photos in the Mac App Store. Changing these applications into plugins for Photos will change the game for photographers. There are also a lot of very powerful applications outside of the Mac App Store as well. These applications could also be used with Photos, if Apple designs Photos right.

One of the key features photographers will look for is a great RAW converter. Most DSLR cameras can output RAW files, which are like digital negatives. Photos should have a RAW converter built in, but it probably will not have all the features most users want. Adding a RAW converter plugin would solve this problem. There are several great RAW converters out there. Lightroom is the big name right now, but it is made by Adobe. For those looking at non-Adobe products, there are three more worth looking at:

There is little known about Photos for the Mac and many questions. Why Apple killed Aperture, but did not give more details about the features to be included in Photos is a mystery. Users will have to wait until Photos is released to get their answers. Photos could be just a simple iPhoto replacement. It could also be the glue combining multiple photo applications together in a better photography workflow. It all depends on what Apple’s goal are for Photos. Allowing plugins for both the Mac and iOS is a very good sign that Photos will be so much more than iPhoto.

  1. onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite: Perfect Photo Suite is a collection of tools to edit, enhance, and apply effects to photos. It already can be used as a plugin for Aperture and Lightroom, so it is likely the developers will add plugin capabilities for Photos when it comes out.
  2. Capture One Pro: Capture One is a RAW converter and photo manager software developed by Phase One. It is doubtful that Phase One is looking at turning Capture One into a plugin for Photos. Capture One is a great RAW converter, but a poor photo manager. If Apple designed Photos correctly, Capture One and Photos could be used together to create an excellent photography workflow.
  3. DxO Optics Pro: DxO Optics Pro is a top of the line RAW converter with plenty of powerful tools. It is not a photo manager though. Just like with Capture One, using DxO Optics Pro with Photos could make a great photography workflow that is better than Aperture or Lightroom.

There is little known about Photos for the Mac and many questions. Why Apple killed Aperture, but did not give more details about the features to be included in Photos is a mystery. Users will have to wait until Photos is released to get their answers. Photos could be just a simple iPhoto replacement. It could also be the glue combining multiple photo applications together in a better photography workflow. It all depends on what Apple’s goal are for Photos. Allowing plugins for both the Mac and iOS is a very good sign that Photos will be so much more than iPhoto.

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