@vasta I do not use photos myself, but I am still in Aperture, and keeping a watchful eye out for something better that isn't Adobe.
@jeremycherfas Thank you for surfacing this. I have major misgivings about Photos & iCloud for the reasons Colin outlines, but am grasping for a better solution. I wish Dropbox hadn’t discontinued Carousel.
I've never got over the loss of iView Media Pro.
@schuth @schuth @vasta I've been looking for a solution I feel good about since I got my first digital camera, ca. 2001. Actually, before that because I scanned a lot of film, but the volume was orders of magnitude smaller. Currently I'm using a cobbled together combination of Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, and some Python scripts, which works ok but feels fragile and requires more maintenance than I'd like. (Fragile not in the sense that I can lose photos — job #1 is making sure that doesn't happen, and I feel confident about that. But in the sense that the whole filing/syncing/searching process could break with any update, requiring me to do a bunch of work to ingest new photos or find existing ones.)
@schuth I’m in the process of exporting my Photos library as original files to folders on an external drive. I’ll do that regularly. Those files will back up to Backblaze.
@jeremycherfas I can recommend Capture One from Phase One. I loved Aperture, tried Lightroom, but wasn’t happy with where Adding ve was heading. Tried Capture One and so far enjoying it. For me, it sits in between Aperture and Lightroom, perhaps closer to Aperture on the likability scale. It has a non-subscription option, and comes from large enough company that I’m not worried about it’s future. It also stores most stuff in plain directory structure and sidecar files, so it’s easy to switch. They also have Aperture import tool, if I remember correctly, that will even import certain edits (it’s explained in the importer).