Apple seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers on Thursday, and it includes the long-awaited Photos for Mac photo editing app.
The first beta of OS X 10.10.3 comes a little over a week following the release of OS X 10.10.2 to the public.
The beta seed is currently available to developers via the “Update” tab in the Mac App Store, and will likely soon be available via download from the Mac Developer Center.
The 10.10.3 release notes offer the following details on the app:
All new for OS X, Photos automatically organizes your photo library and helps you perfect your photos with comprehensive editing tools. You can also store your photos and videos in the cloud using iCloud Photo Library, and access them on all your devices.
Photos lets you:
– Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views.
– Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
– Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and full resolution
– Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or with any web browser
– Perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
– Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmaking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
– Purchase prints in new square and panoramic sizes
A few sites have been given early access to Photos for Mac, giving the first peek at the photo editing app destined to replace both iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac. For an overview of the app, which includes several screenshots, visit the Re/code website.
Apple’s Photos for Mac will integrate with the iCloud Photo Library, allowing users to access their library from any device. The Mac app follows the lead of the Photos app on iOS, organizing images into Moments, Collections, and Years, thus providing a familiar view for iOS users.
The app will provide more in-depth editing tools than are currently available in iPhoto, offering a histogram, along with Light, Color, Black & White, Levels, White Balance, and Definition, as well as eight pre-defined filters, and options for printing Photo books and sharing on social sites.