Photos Editing Extensions

One of the lesser mentioned things in the upcoming OS X El Capitan release is a very nice improvement to the Photos app. Apparently we are going to be able to buy third pary “Extensions” to enhance the editing capabilites of Photos. I mentioned this in a previous article on Photos.


As previously mentioned the editing capabilities of Photos is fairly decent. It is not an Aperture, Lightroom or Capture One replacement. But, for the home enthusiast or prosumer photographer it is adequate. It does a fairly decent job on my RAW photos from my Panasonic FZ1000 camera.

One of the things I have been waiting for in the Photos app is the capability of “Editing Extensions”. Apple just announced that they will be available in their upcoming El Capitan OS release. Yes!! Here is what the Apple website has to say:

OS X El Capitan supports third-party tools that will be available from the Mac App Store and accessible right in the Photos app. Use multiple editing extensions from your favorite developers on a single photo, or use a mix of extensions and the editing tools built into Photos. From adding subtle filters to using beautiful texture effects, you can take your photo editing to a whole new level.


OK, that is totally cool as far as I am concerned. What am I looking for in “Editing Extensions”? I suppose the sky is the limit, but a must have for me to use Photos seriously is some type of editing “Preset” where I can save and reuse editing settings for different cameras. I am sure there will be other editing possibilities, but I will be looking for “Presets” as a starting point.

If some third party makes a “Preset” extension I would seriously consider using Photos as my one and only photo app. It’s photo management and organization capabilities are OK, not great, but it is good enough. Come to think of it, maybe a third party developer will make a better photo management system! Who knows!