There’s one thing that still confuses me about Photos. In Photos you can look at your Photos as Photos or All Photos. Did I mention to you that it kind of drives me nuts that Apple uses generic terms to name things? Let me tell you what I DO know about Photos vs. All Photos.
In Photos you can view an individual photo, back out to see the Moment that contains the photo, back out again and see the Collection in which the Moment exists, and then back out one more time to get to the Year in which the Collection exists. I cannot find a definition anywhere of what a “Moment” is or a “Collection” for that matter. A Collection of mine is called “Dubai, Amer & San Diego”. I don’t know what Amer is, but this sounds like a Collection is location-based. This collection has no photos taken in San Diego by the way. Moments appear to be time based, but I’m not clear on what timeframe they’re using because some photos are taken on the same day but aren’t in the same Collection. So…are you clear on what Photos is? Nope, me neither.
Now that we’ve clarified that, we’ll go through All Photos. All Photos when you’re all the way out shows every photo, in no order I can discern. It seems like it’s in time order, but then I’ll find things completely out of order. Using the same back arrow that took us from Photos to Moments to Collections to Years, instead I get to a view that shows All Photos, Faces, Last Import, Favorites and more…All of which are also shown in the left sidebar. Still with me? I started at All Photos and inside it I find All Photos. Um…
But wait, there’s more. There’s another row that says My Albums. That row includes three Smart Albums, one Album I made for my mom’s birthday a long time ago, and an Album called iPhoto Events. That last one is the good one, it’s an album…full of all the Projects I pulled in from Aperture…which Photos calls Albums. Yeah, I’m completely lost too. So if Photos is by date, and All Photos is by date…what’s the difference? I just need to pick one and just stop making myself crazy.
I’m still liking Photos but I do have to say it seems to be struggling a bit under the load of my 52K photos. Clicking on Photos (or was it All Photos?) takes long enough that I often tab away to check Twitter while I wait. That’s not making me happy.