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How to import your iPhoto Library into Photos for OS X

Make Photos for OS X shine — add photos by importing your iPhoto library.

Photos for OS X makes it easy for you to import your iPhoto Library into the app. If you just have a single iPhoto Library, Photos will do the work automatically for you. If you have multiple libraries, you'll have to choose which one you want to import. Here's how.

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Review: Photos for OS X takes the stress out of photo management

After almost a year of teasing, developer releases, and public betas, Photos for OS X is here and ready for action.

Like the iMovie, Final Cut, and iWork re-imaginings before it, Photos for OS X has taken the bones of iPhoto and Aperture to create an entirely new photo management program.

There are feature echoes here and there from its two predecessors, but Photos is an entirely new beast: new design, new editing workflow, and an all-new way of syncing your images from device to device in iCloud Photo Library.

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How to use Photos for OS X: The ultimate guide

Photos for OS X brings the Mac into the modern age of picture and video management, tying it into both the operating system and the cloud.

With Photos for OS X, all the pictures and videos you've taken on your iPhone or iPad, or imported into iPhoto or Aperture, will always be available to you on any of your Macs, as will any future pictures and videos you take or import, including your DSLR images, even in RAW. Add to that automatic, intelligent grouping based on time and place, and face detection, non-destructive editing, and the ability to order prints, books, and more, and Photos for OS X makes for the ultimate picture and video app for the mainstream. And here's your ultimate guide to setting up and using it.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 with Photos app, new emoji, and more

Apple has released OS X 10.10.3 to the public. The update, which brings along the new Photos app for Mac, is available for download in the Mac App Store right now.

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You can view your iCloud Photo Library while offline. Here's how!

Even if you don't have internet access on your Mac or iOS device, you can still access and manage your photos.

Photos for OS X and iOS let you sync your library to iCloud, so that you can have thousands of photos at your beck and call without having to store them locally on your machine or device. But what about when you don't have Wi-Fi or cellular data readily accessible?

Never fear: Whether you're stuck on a plane, in a tunnel, or simply want to show off photos when you don't have internet access, here's how you can still view and manage your iCloud Photo Library images.

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Should you use iCloud Photo Library?

Apple's new online service, iCloud Photo Library, lets you seamlessly access, manage, edit, and share pictures and video from your iPhone, iPad, and your Mac.

It's free to use — though if you want to store any real amount of data, you're going to have to pony up for a paid iCloud plan. With Photos for OS X on the horizon, I've had a lot of people ask me whether they should turn on iCloud Photo Library: Is it safe? Is it secure? Is the cost of an iCloud plan worth it? After several months of both iOS and Mac beta-testing, here are my thoughts.

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Apple releases new developer and public beta of OS X 10.10.3

For the second time this week, Apple has released a new build of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and public beta testers.

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Apple seeds new public, developer beta build for OS X 10.10.3

Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to both developers and public beta testers today.

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Napkin, the best annotation app for Mac, just got better!

Forget Skitch: My favorite screenshot annotation app is Aged and Distilled's Napkin.

Not only does Napkin let you annotate single screenshots, but you can also arrange multiple Retina-quality screenshots on a single canvas and export them accordingly. That might sound like niche software, but it's essential for those of us who need to annotate screenshots for articles, books, interface review, and other jobs involving design or production. Its latest updated, version 1.5, adds a bunch of must-have annotation features including redacting images, cropping them, and new arrow and fill shape styles.

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Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.3 build to developers and public testers

Apple has released another build of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, both for developers, along with members of the AppleSeed public beta program.

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