Photos for the Pros!

5 Mar, 2020   |   Author: Gregorio Zanon

iMazing New Photos Section


With the 2.11 update of iMazing for Mac, we're introducing a completely new tool to browse and transfer iPhone photos in truly amazing fashion: you connect your iPhone to your computer, and within seconds the entire photo library can be browsed straight from the phone, including detailed metadata for each photo and video. Oh, and it works via Wi-Fi too, boasts a gorgeous full screen mode, and features powerful export functions as well as intuitive drag-and-drop workflows. Let's dig in!



Test Drive

We're incredibly excited by this release because of how natural it feels. It's fast and seamless, and that's hard to communicate by just listing technical capabilities.

Let's start from the moment you click on the Photos icon in iMazing: on my 2018 MacBook Pro, I count less than ten seconds of loading before I can start browsing my iPhone's library. Five seconds later, I stumble on this memorable indoor skydiving outing: iMazing Photos Section, Moments View

I can drag any of these thumbnails to my desktop, or double click them to see it in more detail:

The RealFly badge gives it away, that's not a pic I took. A glance to the right, and I learn that RealFly's camera is a Canon EOS 80D, here shot at very high shutter speed and rather shallow depth of field. Let's take a look at something snapped with the iPhone's camera now – a few swipes on the carrousel at the bottom of the window take me to my most recent image, a Live Photo of the wireframe whale hanging over the common space below our office: iMazing Photos Section, Detail View

Notice the four thumbnails at the top of the detail view in the Assets section? I would expect to see just two there, the image and video components of a Live Photo. I select the four in turn to preview them and – aha! Looks like the iPhone 11's Smart Frame feature automatically kicked in to re-frame my shot. That explains the four assets available: the original photo and video components of the picture I actually took, and the automatically re-framed ones. Here's the break down:

Asset TypeFile TypeSize
Re-framed video.MOV5.09 MB
Re-framed photo.JPG3.10 MB
Original video.MOV4.53 MB
Original photo.HEIC2.24 MB

That's a total of 15 MB, instead of just 2.24 MB had I disabled Live Photo and auto Smart Frame. Interestingly, the re-framed photo is encoded in JPEG and not HEIF, resulting in a 40% larger file.

Let's move on and test the export function. I select all 5'000+ photos and videos with ⌘+A and click the Export button in the bottom toolbar. Here's the export options sheet: iMazing Photos Section, Detail View of Live Photo

From here, I can choose exactly which types of media and assets I want to transfer to the computer. I could copy just the video component of all my live photos, choose whether or not to include original versions of edited items, or focus on my portraits and export these exclusively.

Last, I'll dig into my backups and see if there are deleted photos I'd like to recover. I click on the Backups button at the right of the toolbar, and double click an encrypted backup snapshot from ninety days ago: iMazing reloads my iPhone's photo library, now from that specific snapshot, and lets me browse and recover any asset just as if I'd jumped back in time. Here's a photo of a beautiful Turkish rug from the Deleted Photos section, it's since been completely removed from my iPhone and from iCloud but it's still there in that backup: iMazing Photos Section, Deleted Photos in Backup

I can extract it to my Mac, access all it's metadata, and even double click the map to open Google Maps with a pin right where that shop was in the seaside town of Marmaris. Amazing.

I'll stop here for now, but there's a lot more to discover:

  • Browsing & Filtering
    • 3 different views: Moments, Grid and List
    • Browse by media type, album or smart album
    • Date filters, text search, sort by any field
    • All available metadata displayed
    • Browse hidden assets like originals of edited photos
    • Full screen mode (double click the image, esc to exit)
    • Open location in Google Maps (double-click the map)
  • Export Options
    • Include pre-portrait effect versions of Portrait mode photos
    • Include all frames of bursts
    • Include originals of edited items
    • Include video component of Live Photos
    • Recover photos from albums synced with iTunes or the Finder
    • Automatically organize exports in a folder hierarchy, by moment and media type
    • HEIC to JPEG conversion, adjustable quality
  • Import from Mac
    • Create From my Mac albums on iPhone or iPad
    • Add photos to albums via drag and drop (no sync)
  • Delete
    • Bulk delete photos from the Camera Roll (not available if iCloud Photo Library is enabled)
    • Remove photos or entire albums from synced albums
  • Backup
    • Browse and recover from any iMazing backup snapshot
    • Browse and recover from iTunes or Finder backups
    • Encrypted backups fully supported, providing that the backup password is known

Learn more about how each feature works in our in-depth guide about iMazing Photos.

Availability and Trial

macOS

The new Photos tool is available as a free update for all iMazing 2 license holders. For performance reasons, the Moments and Grid views are only available on macOS 10.12 and above.

Windows

The Windows version of iMazing 2 still features our previous Photos tool – we ask our Windows users for a little patience as we do our best to offer them a similarly powerful and sleek experience within a few months.

Not an iMazing user yet? Download and install iMazing now and take our app for a test drive of your own. No registration needed.

What's Next?

Our first priority is to bring the feature to our Windows users. At the same time, we'll be collecting user feedback, iron out the last wrinkles, and start planning additional features. As always, every opinion counts so don't hesitate to get in touch and give us your feedback.

Happy updating,

Gregorio