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Question: Adding photos to an album in Photos?

I am failing massively with the drunk 'logic' of how Photos is supposed to work, after using normal, more 'sober' Apple apps. But… I cannot add a photo to an album! In any Mac app, iPhoto, iTunes, Apple Mail etc., one can drag an item to an album, playlist, or message folder. Despite the demo video saying I can 'choose' what to add to the sidebar, I cannot. Dragging a photo does NOT add it to an album in Photos. It does precisely… nothing.


I'll add a operate question, but if anyone has recommended alternative photo library managers, I'm really interested in what people are using to replace Aperture and iPhoto. I am founding nothing but faults with Photos (the glaring white background that cannot be changed, being pretty major, and no easy way to see basic things like filenames). I'm keen on a working alternative.

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Mar 13, 2018 1:19 PM in response to Nathan Jones2 In response to Nathan Jones2

Which system version do you have installed, Nathan?


On macOS 10.13.3, when I drag a photo to an album in the sidebar, the cursor will change to a ➕, and the photo will be added to the album. It will depend on your Preferences for the sort order of the album, where the photo will be added. It will not be added necessarily at the end of the album.

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Mar 18, 2018 5:47 AM in response to Nathan Jones2 In response to Nathan Jones2

One more thought.

I just remembered, that "Add to album" or dragging to an album occasionally does not work for me either since the 10.13.3 update.

In that case I restart my my Mac and all will be back to normal.

but if anyone has recommended alternative photo library managers, I'm really interested in what people are using to replace Aperture and iPhoto.

I do not want to use an alternative Photo Manager, because I want to iCloud support, but I am using a different Browser for m Photos Library. Power Photos is better at showing metadata. It has a list view like aperture, showing the metadata nicely in columns, and can show two lines of metadata below the thumbnails. The background can be turned black. But it is only a convenient Browser, it cannot be used as an editor. When I want to edit a photo, I crtl-click it in PowerPhotos and use the command "Select in Photos". Then I can work on the photo in Photos.

Mar 18, 2018 5:47 AM

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