Apple is changing. Instead of being surprised by new applications, Apple has an ongoing beta program– for iOS and OS X, and some of the company’s new applications. iPhoto’s replacement, Photos, went through an extensive beta testing period– unusual for Apple– for months before being launched to Mac users recently.
Photos is great, has some wonderful tools (the color slider bars, and iCloud sync), but took a few things away that many of us loved in iPhoto through the years. Maps? If you want geo mapping back, here’s the app that does the deed.
Its called PhotosMap, and for now, it’s the easiest way to get photo maps back to your Mac and into Photos. Think of a map with your photos plastered all over it designating where you took the photo.
The way PhotosMap works is much like you’d expect. It scans Photos for photos, reads the exif metadata to obtain proper geo tagging data, then drops the photos over a corresponding map so you can see where groups of photos were taken.
Click to view photos either grouped or ungrouped. Easily switch between multiple Photos libraries with a click. Even inspect an individual photo’s metadata with a click. You can also view a single image from the groups connected to a location. Or, view an entire list of photos taken from a specific location.
PhotosMap is a sweet addition to the Mac’s new Photos app. It’s not free, but it’s not expensive enough to require a try-before-you-buy option, either. Nicely done. I wonder why there’s not a similar feature in Photos (Maps is on the Mac now, so, why not?)?