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How to Speed Up Photos App in OS X with Reduce Motion

Since its introduction in the year 1998 Mac has changed the way people look at personal computing and every year new developments are carried out both on software end and hardware end focusing majorly on user experience. One of the most innovative apps on Mac  and other IOS devices is the photos app. Apple’s Mac photo app is a very feature filled app that utilises various animations in the interface to make it look more dynamic. Many features such as panning, zooming can be used similar to other IOS devices. This may seem very cool to look but lags the software due to high hardware usage for animation. Moreover, many people have complained about the different problem they are suffering when using photo app, including nausea and motion sickness. These animations occur during the opening of a picture to its full dimensions.

Ways to Speed up Photos App in OS X

Fortunately there is an option to turn motion animation off. This makes the photo app noticeably fast. Though the latest MAC are powered by powerful processor and bigger RAM and they can host such animations and creative environment  but there are many different versions of  Mac which are either not very powerful in terms of hardware or are old and these animations can make system considerably slow. This problem magnifies even further if you use a lot of photos. The animation can be choppy and unclear while using the zoom, editing or moving in library. Reducing motion stops the animation in simple transitioning, which moreover reduces the animation load from the hardware. This in turn increases the overall speed of the system. Now the system no longer waste its resources on making the animations such as zoom in or zoom out instead hardware is used to draw the image selected from the library.

Enabling “Reduce motion” in photos app

Enabling ‘reduce motion’ helps in decreasing the load on the hardware as the animations are no longer performed between the events, furthermore it helps those suffering from any nausea and motion sickness.

This is how you can access motion settings:

  • First open the photo app in your MAC and pull down ‘photo’ menu. This will open a dialog box, here select the ‘general’ tab.
  • Now you will see a lot of options such as location, importing, metadata and in the end motion. In the motion option toggling it will enable or disable it. Enable it and setting will say ‘reduce the motion of the interface’. This will increase the performance and the speed of the app.
  • Close the preferences.

Now you will notice that navigating in photo library and other operations such as opening files will have a simple fading transition. Now you will notice there is no animation sequence in between these transitions, it will stop the zooming animation. Instead now there is simple fade in and fade out function between events.

Toggling this option not just only boosts the performance of the photo app in OS X, but also frees up precious amount of RAM. Many users have reported motion sickness and vertigo problems associated with it especially to certain functions such as zooming, zipping and moving across in libraries. This can be frustrating when you are using the app on the daily basis or you are looking at your favourite picture collection. If you also suffer from this problem, simply enable reduce motion option in photo app. However without the feature your computer seems little old fashioned and you can always turn the option back on. If you are using other IOS devices and have the same problem you can toggle reduce motion in setting –general – accessibility.

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