There’s a shelf at my mom’s house for photo albums. But that’s just last years. In the garage there are boxes and boxes of old photos in old books that nobody ever looks at.
People can get nostalgic about the past and how we ‘never print our pictures anymore’ but do we honestly believe the best way to store photographs is in a damp garage or taking up space we don’t have on the shelf?
It can be fun to get those photo albums out, definitely but aside from the novelty, don’t we really just want our pictures to be safe and kept at the highest quality forever?
WHAT DOES IT DO AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?
As part of Apple’s excellent iLife series, iPhoto for Mac is a native Mac based app that acts as a digital photo album, keeping your photos backed up.
The truth is that even if we did feel a pang of nostalgia for the physical photo album, we just don’t take pictures in the same way anymore. Gone are the days when you had just a few pictures of each film when we’d like each other up for that ONE shot from a particular day of our holiday. Now we can take hundreds, thousands of photographs and who really has the time to go through each one to decide which one was best?
That’s the beauty of iPhoto. The first few incarnations of the software had a lot of good things about them but still assumed that people really do check all of their old photos. They don’t, which is why Apple has added more and more features to take their photo storage game to the next level.
SO, HOW DO I GET IPHOTO ON MY PC?
Let’s be upfront about this.
You don’t. We’ve said this in other posts but there are a lot of sites out there trying to give you a hack that will allow you to make a workaround for iPhoto on a PC. But there is a serious problem here. iPhoto for pc isn’t just an app, it’s part of the Mac infrastructure.
So here’s what we suggest.
Firstly, if you really want iPhoto for windows and mac, then you need to be using a Mac but if you are on a PC then you should be looking around for a suitable alternative. Many sites are suggesting Bluestacks as an Android Emulator for PC that can help out if you want to download iPhoto for PC, but the clue is in the name.
An Android Emulator won’t help you emulate iOS and many of the pieces of software that have cropped up to mimc the iPhoto software are just not very good and could actually damage your machine.
So tip number one – don’t bother with inferior versions of the outstanding software we recommend and don’t listen to sites that promise you the world. We’ll always give you honest advice. Bluestacks is an excellent piece of software for Android emulation on PC but it’s not for iOS.
BREAK DOWN THOSE FEATURES FOR ME!
So if you are still interested in iPhoto for a Mac then let’s look at some of the features.
If you really think about it, software like this should just do one thing really well. Organise your photos!
But when we think about organizing photographs in terms of old photo albums, they weren’t exactly fooled proof. The big problem with physical photo albums is that you don’t know what’s inside them, which could mean hours of searching for exactly the picture you want.
Whereas with iPhoto, Apple is managing to change and improve that with every single new update and release.
Looking for a specific person? Great. iPhoto has facial recognition that learns as you teach it. It will pick out a few faces it thinks are of the same person, if you agree and add a few more it will get better at finding that person which means you can find all the best picture of you from the last holiday with a single click.
More than that you can edit from within iPhoto, so you have powerful tools that help you to enhance your images so they start to look their best. It’s like having all the power of an expensive camera AFTER you’ve taken the photo.
Add this to the ability to search by date and place as well as create subfolders or simply tag images quickly and you have a powerful database of all the photos you’ve ever taken!
SO, WHAT’S THE CATCH?
Actually, there is a catch with any photo album software. It’s only as good as your backing up!
If you fail t back up your albums and some kind of lightning storm strikes your hard drive down then no matter how good the software, your photos will be lost forever.
Some people have suggested that this is the reason we still need physical copies but, actually, that’s not true at all. Having one hard copy of the most important images in your life is a terrible way to make sure they’re safe. Even if you have physical photo albums you should definitely be backing them up with digital scans.
We recommend using at least one hard drive and a cloud account to back up your files in case the worst happens.
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SO, SHOULD I GET IPHOTO FOR PC?
As we said, you just can’t (sorry) but that’s ok. Photo album software isn’t that hard to find so you need to decide how you feel about the operating system and machine as well. There’s no doubt that Apple has an outstanding range of day to day software options that have been copied time and time again.
iPhoto, Facetime, Messages and more. Apple has done a great job but is that reason enough to switch to a Mac? The key here is what’s really important, if you want iPhoto on a PC then you’re missing the point. There are options for you on a PC already and trying to make iPhoto work by taking the bad advice of some other sites could cause you a lot of problems.
For now, just remember what this is all about. Keeping your memories safe.
If you’re on a PC then Microsoft Photos is probably your best option. You can download it here.