Granted, you can synchronise Windows Phones with Microsoft’s OneDrive, and you can let Android devices upload on the fly to either Google’s online storage or Dropbox, but neither seem to integrate this easily into an app, ready for us to work with the files, which means we can take pictures in our life, go home, and have everything ready to go.
Your photos can appear in a few ways, with the photos and the date they appeared in your system, as specific albums, or as shared Photo Streams if the haven’t been categorised yet.
If you do want to categorise them, however, you merely need to select them and add them to an album. Easy.
Once you’re browsing your photos, you’ll find the typical gestures synonymous with the iPad work here, provided you’re using a trackpad. Pinch to zoom will bring you closer to the images, providing larger ones in the thumbnail view, or letting you get closer in just one image, and conversely, pulling apart with your fingers will draw you away.
It’s all easy to remember, and these are gestures you likely already know.
Some of the notable changes are here in editing, however, and it’s here that Apple has provided some interesting changes.
For starters, Photos is non-destructive, which will be handy for people who like to make lots of edits.
In case you don’t know what that means, “non-destructive editing” suggests that the application never really saves over the original file, meaning if you change something about it, you can always go back to the original.
As such, Photos will save what you’re doing in a little file somewhere on your computer, and can revert to the original if you need it.
That’s important to know because it means if you change to black and white, or fiddle too much with the brightness that it becomes unusable, you can always go back to the start and try again.
As for editing options, you’ll find quite a few of these available to you, with an automatic enhance button, a quick rotate, a crop with more rotation control, a clone tool to fix the odd spots, a filter mode to get film-like effects going (think Instagram), and then the more controllable adjust tool.