We’re very happy to announce a major update to younity that includes a full overhaul of our Photos features. This has been a long time coming and this is no less than a complete overhaul to deliver on countless feature requests. Whether it was the one-off Photos UI different from other views (e.g. Music, Videos and Files), lack of integration with photo management products like iPhoto, or you wanted to share whole photo albums, this release has you covered. Ever wish you had on-demand access to every photo you’ve ever taken? Well, now you do.
Here’s what you need to know:
INTEGRATION WITH IPHOTO & ADOBE LIGHTROOM
If you are like most people, you shoot lots of photos, import them into photo management software like iPhoto or Lightroom, edit them, and organize them into photo albums. Some software lets you keep your photos in folders on your computer (I personally do this with Lightroom), while other software imports them into a database (this is what iPhoto does) and your photos seemingly disappear. In either event, this update will discover your iPhoto and Lightroom catalogs on each computer you install younity on – you don’t have to do anything for this to happen. It will then let you browse the folders, catalogs and photo albums/collections you created in iPhoto and Lightroom via the younity app on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. If you have iPhoto and/or Lightroom on multiple computers and you install younity on all those computers, the Photos view in the younity app will show you all of these catalogs/libraries in a unified view.
Lightroom users might be thinking, “Doesn’t Lightroom Mobile already do this via its Sync service?” Well, yes and no. First, Lightroom Mobile only syncs Collections, not folders or whole catalogs. Second, it only syncs Collections you tell it to sync. Third, those synced Collections are taking up storage on your iPad/iPhone. younity avoids all of these limitations. It syncs your entire catalog or catalogs across multiple computers, including all the Collections and folders. You don’t have to configure it to do so, it just does this automatically. And, of course, like all other file types, younity does not store those photos on your devices unless you choose to download them.
Oh yea, do you have a GoPro? Well if you shoot photos with it, younity will discover those and put them into their own library in the Photos view (just like it does with all your GoPro video in the Videos view).
PHOTO ALBUM SHARING
You can now share entire photo albums in addition to individual photos. Just browse to your list of photo albums, select the Download/Share button in the lower left, then select the photo album you want to share (the same process applies for individual photos), and choose “Share“. When you share a photo album or photo, it is shared P2P – we never store the photo online. The version you share is a slightly lower resolution photo. This is a precautionary measure – feel free to provide direct feedback to us on this policy. If you download a photo to your device, you are downloading the full resolution version of the original photo. This way you can safely share a low-res version of your work or a full-res copy of the file, it’s your choice.
PHOTO EDITING WITH LIGHTROOM MOBILE, IPHOTO; UPLOADING TO CREATIVE CLOUD
Whether you stream a lower-res copy to your device or download a full-res copy, younity lets you open these files in any supporting app on your device, including your heavy duty photo editors like Lightroom Mobile. You can do this via the “Open in” option to open the photo in any app on your device that will accept photos. This is a long list that includes all your favorites: Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, iCloud Photo Sharing, Messages, and of course our one-of-a-kind one-click to Instagram. Unfortunately, Lightroom Mobile does not support “Open in,” so you’ll have to first download those files to your Camera Roll and then import them into Lightroom Mobile. This also lets you upload the photo(s) to Creative Cloud if you’d like.
The new Photos user interface is designed to be similar to the other views. This means you have a simple horizontal structure that lets you go from left to right, easily navigating the various photo libraries you have. If you use iPhoto and Lightroom, when you open the Photos view in younity you’ll see 3 rows: iPhoto, Lightroom, GoPro and All. The last row/view (i.e. “All”) lets you browse your photos via the folder structure of your computer(s), but in this case it will only show folders with photos in them. If you don’t use either of these photo management products, and/or if you do not have photos shot with a GoPro, you will not see them in the UI. For example, if you use iPhoto, but not Lightroom or a GoPro, iPhoto will be viewable in the UI but not Lightroom or GoPro.
younity is the fastest, easiest way to access all your files across all your devices – it’s private, free and unlimited. We did our best to factor in the input from many photographers and users to improve this. Of course, like all updates, it is only a starting point. Please join the conversation and help us shape younity for your specific photo needs. Photographers face unique challenges with the vast amount of content they produce and we’re here to help solve as many of those issues as possible. Whether you shoot photos or video, want to stream your movies or listen to that massive music collection, younity puts all your content at your fingertips no matter where you are or what you are doing.