The holidays are fast approaching and, as is my home, popular gift ideas include holiday cards, family photos, and calendars.
Apple has discontinued its popular photo printing services that I’ve used for so many years, which enabled you to create and order physical prints, cards, calendars, and books from within Photos on the Mac. Apple is directing users to download a Photos Project Extension from the Mac App Store. You’ll see this dialog whenever you click a project in Photos…
When you click the Open App Store button, Photos opens the App Store app and shows available Photos Project Extensions. (If you need to open this Mac App Store screen manually, search on
appex:com.apple.photo-project.) Most of these extensions are free, since they’ll make their money when you order projects.
These extensions aren’t exact replacements for Apple’s projects, so let’s look briefly at what they provide.
My favorite is the extension that comes closest to providing the same products and features as Apple’s print projects is Mimeo Photos, which can create cards, calendars, and books. It offers a wide array of themes.
Here are the remaining alternatives, including Motif, Shutterfly and MPix…