New Features in the Photos App In macOS Catalina

There are some changes to the Photos app in Catalina, most notably how you browse your photos. Gone are the confusing Years, Collections and Moments views, replaced by the more understandable Years, Months and Days views. You can also see square thumbnails in the All Photos view, plus a few other improvements.

Comments: 27 Responses to “New Features in the Photos App In macOS Catalina”

    Larry Weissman
    1 month ago

    Is there any difference in usability if my photos are stored in iCloud? Thanks.

    1 month ago

    Larry: Not sure what you mean by “usability.” It certainly makes things better when all of your photos are available on all of your devices and you no longer have to manually sync anything.

    Don Palmer
    1 month ago

    This question is for my wife, the iPhone person. Is there a way to get info on a photo on the iPhone? A bit off subject, but she will greatly appreciate it.

    1 month ago

    Don: In general, no. There are some apps like Metapho that will show you some basics like dimensions and camera info, but not titles and tags and such.

    Maggie Ireland
    1 month ago

    In Catalina, when I am in Photos and click the send/forward icon (that used to bring to screen where we could send or airdrop the photo, duplicate, etc), there is a side-scrollable list of recent recipients. How do I delete this list, or at least delete one of the suggested recipients? Thanks!

    1 month ago

    Maggie: Not sure what you mean. I can’t think of where that would be in Catalina. It sounds like the feature of iOS for sharing, not macOS.

    John Vertolli
    1 month ago

    Gary, I name every person in my large photo’s library, normally when I select the face and start typing it will provide me with names of people I have already identify, and I select them, in Catalina I’ve noticed, some of the faces are not showing up, and thus creating a new face folder for them. In the people folder I then have to merge the persons folder with the old one already there, is this a bug that need fixing?

    Jean Chandler
    1 month ago

    The negative thing I have noticed for Photos with Catalina is that one can’t use the Google Chrome web browser to send photos to the email of others. I guess I need to download Outlook for my Mac?

    1 month ago

    John: I don’t think a feature that uses computer logic to figure out faces is ever going to be perfect. Or, not any time soon.

    Linda Deedy
    1 month ago

    I have spent many hours creating albums in photos so I can find things more easily than by date. Will these port over just as they are? or am I going to have to do that all over again?

    TS
    1 month ago

    Same question. That is will iOS Albums now sync to Photos in Catalina over USB? Up to now, they wouldn’t without third party app. The only Apple way was to use iCloud Photo Library which I don’t want to use. I heard this might become available, Apple supported, via USB sync in Catalina. Do you know if it works now? Any other types of photos that don’t sync from iOS 13 to Catalina via USB without iCloud? Many thanks!

    1 month ago

    Linda: Yes. Well, “port” isn’t the right word. if you are just going from Mojave to Catalina nothing is “ported.” You are just updating to a new version of the app. The Library remains there along with albums, etc. Why would you think upgrading would erase those?

    1 month ago

    TS: The way to have your albums and other things sync from iOS to macOS is to use iCloud. Otherwise, you have separate devices with separate libraries. Or, you could maintain everything on your Mac only and sync TO your iOS device — not creating or modifying anything that. But that is the old way of doing it.

    Linda Deedy
    1 month ago

    You never know – stranger things have happened when I’ve upgraded. Just wanted to be prepared. Thanks for everything you do!

    Lilla Fodor
    1 month ago

    Looks like I can no longer add a title to a photo in the all photos view. I seem to only be able to do that in the pic info, for when the picture is in an album. Any way titles can be made visible in the all photos view?

    1 month ago

    Lilla: Just create a Smart Album with all your photos, such as Photo “is not” hidden. Then that Smart Album is pretty much the same as the All Photos view. But now you can see and edit titles there.

    Jim Goddard
    1 month ago

    Great Info!

    Jim P
    4 weeks ago

    Does Apple Photos have a function to find and manage duplicate photos? Or to find and delete duplicate photos?

    what recommendations do you have to manage duplicates?

    Lilla Fodor
    3 weeks ago

    Does anybody else find that since updating to Catalina Photos gets hung up a lot? I’m forever having to force quit to stop my rainbow wheel of death!

    3 weeks ago

    Lilla: Have you tried to repair your Photos library? Hold down Command and Option and launch Photos for that option.

    Lilla
    3 weeks ago

    Gary: I didn’t know I could do that…thanks! However twice now after several force quits I did a complete shut down/restsart and it went into Repair mode. Happened again last night.

    Jason
    2 weeks ago

    Gary, the workaround to see captions (creating smart albums) is neat. But I wish they would restore the old fashioned way we always saw captions. The pics in smart albums scroll as one long set. Seems to be a big step backwards and I wonder why they did that.

    2 weeks ago

    Jason: Do you mean seeing titles/filenames? That was fixed in the latest update. Not sure what you mean by smart albums scrolling as one long set either. The appear just as any other album.

    Lilla
    2 weeks ago

    So I did the last Catalina update on Monday, yes the titles are back, hurray, but my photos have been ‘restoring from iCloud’ since Monday evening, that’s 3 days ago! Ya I have over 30,000 photos and over 400 videos but this still seems like a very long time. Or is this possibly an iCloud question? Or does a restore take this long?? Meanwhile no new pics are syncing.

    2 weeks ago

    Lilla: Depends on the speed and quality of your Internet connection.

    Pete
    1 week ago

    I noticed in the new version of Photos, 16:9 pics do not show up correctly in ‘Photos’ (top left). They get cropped to 4:3 size. They do show up correctly in the Activity Stream however. The problem is it appears there are now two versions – one 16:9 and one 4:3 cropped (irregularly).

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