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“Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now Complete

by Adam C. Engst

In April, we published an early-bird version of former Macworld lead editor Jason Snell’s “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course [1]” to provide an overview and import help for those testing the public beta. The beta period didn’t last long, and everyone can now upgrade to OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite and the 1.0 release of Photos. If you need help with the transition process or in learning Photos, we’re pleased to bring you the full book now for only $10.

In it, Jason helps you decide whether to transition to Photos right away, walks you through importing photo libraries from iPhoto and Aperture, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, and assists you with copying photos to iOS devices and Apple TVs. He also shows you how to create books, cards, calendars, and slideshows.

Particularly helpful is his explanation of how Photos works with iCloud, including using iCloud Photo Library to create a centralized photo library for all your devices and sharing photos with friends and family via iCloud Photo Sharing. While we now think it’s safe to turn on iCloud Photo Library, beware that it may overwhelm your Internet connection. Jason has some advice for dealing with that, but after the book was wrapped, we came across a geeky technique that might help; see “How to Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads [2]” (20 May 2015).

Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course [3]” answers a bunch of burning questions, including:

You’ll find directions for editing photos, including help with:

You’ll also get advice about:

Like our other Crash Courses, “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course [4]” has concise chunks of content so you can read quickly, all wrapped up in a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF that morphs to a reflowable design for EPUB and Mobipocket. Each chapter ends with discussion and sharing buttons, making it easy to ask a question or share a chapter with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others (please do!).