Step 1 - If you’re used to iPhoto on your Mac then the new iPhoto 2.0 for iOS will come as a bit of a shock, as the Mac and iOS versions of the program now look quite different. The Mac version of iPhoto revolves around its four main browsing modes – Events, Photos, Faces and Places. The iOS version opens into Photos view, where it lists all your photos in chronological order, but at the bottom of the screen it lists just two other browsing options called ‘Albums’ and ‘Projects’. There’s no sign here of the events, faces or places you’d see on the Mac.
Step 2 - The Photos view lists photos month-by-month, in order to give you a quick overview of your entire library. But if you tap on the name of a month – such as 'March 2013' – iPhoto will switch into editing mode and will display just the photos from that one month in the thumbnail grid on the left-hand side of the screen. We're not ready to start editing just yet, though, so we can return to Photos view by tapping the left-arrow (the < symbol) in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
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Step 3 - Before we move on, let's take a quick look at the Options menu - indicated by the three dots in the bottom-right corner of the screen. As the name implies, this menu includes a number of additional options that you can use to view or organise your photos, such as making all the thumbnail previews square so that portrait and landscape photos all line up more neatly. The Options menu is also context-sensitive, so it will show different options depending on which tool or viewing mode you currently have selected. Now let's tap on 'Albums' to delve a little deeper.
Step 4 - On the Mac, an album is a specific set of photos that you create yourself, but the iOS version of iPhoto uses 'Albums' as a catch-all term that covers, well, pretty much everything. Events that I've imported from iPhoto on my Mac are now listed under Albums, as are the Faces that I identified on my Mac, and the Photo Stream library from my iCloud account. This Album view also includes photos that you've viewed or edited recently, along with photos to which you've added tags (which the Mac version refers to as 'keywords' - so that's nil points for consistency).
Step 5 - You can tap on any photo or album to enter iPhoto's editing window. This might look a little intimidating for new users, but if you tap on the question mark icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen then iPhoto will display a series of quick tips that introduce the main editing tools. If you need more detailed advice you can tap the label marked 'Get more help' on the right-hand edge do the screen to open iPhoto's online Help system – although, annoyingly, you do need an Internet connection to use this option.
Step 6 - You’re probably ready to start editing your photos now, but it’s worth mentioning that this editing mode also includes a number of other options for browsing and selecting photos. If you quickly double-tap on a photo, iPhoto will try to find other photos that are similar. Here we've double-tapped a photo of a snowboarder suspended in mid-jump, and the program has located two very similar mid-air action shots. This makes it easy to compare and select a series of similar photos, and maybe mark them as favourites or use them together in a slide show or a printed photo-book.
Step 7 - There are other options for selecting and multiple photos as well. You can quickly select and view an entire sequence of photos simply by tapping the first and last photos in that sequence at the same time. So, if you tap the first and eighth photos in the thumbnail grid you'll see those eight consecutive photos displayed together in the editing window. You can then tag that entire group of photos all at once, and they will then show up as a new album in Albums view.
Step 8 - When you’ve found your favourite photos you’ll probably want to share them with your family or friends. If you click the ‘Share’ icon up in the top-right corner of the screen you’ll see this menu with a whole range of different sharing options. You can email photos to someone, or upload them to FaceBook, Flickr or Twitter. The iOS version of iPhoto now supports the AirDrop option that is already available on the Mac, and there’s also a new option that allows you to quickly ‘beam’ your photos directly to another nearby iOS device – but only if the other device also has iPhoto running.
Step 9 - That sharing menu also lists three options for creating ‘projects’, which brings us back to the Projects mode that we saw listed in the main Photos view (back in Step 1). This allows you to create slideshows that you can play on your iPad or publish to iCloud. You can also design a ‘web journal’, which is a kind of digital scrapbook that combines photos, captions and other elements such as maps and weather info. There’s also a new option here, as the iOS version of iPhoto can now be used to design and order professionally printed photo-books, just like the Mac version.
Step 10 - All iOS devices can use iCloud’s ‘Photo Stream’ option to share photos across multiple devices. However, Photo Stream only works with Macs and iOS devices that are logged into your personal iCloud account. The latest Mac version of iPhoto includes a new option called ‘iCloud Photo Sharing’ that allows you to create additional photo streams that are shared with other people. For some strange reason this option is missing from the iOS version of iPhoto – but has been added to the standard iOS Photos app instead (shown above). This is an important option, though, so we’ll come back to this in another tutorial in this series.