Open In… is an app extension which brings support for external image editors to in El Capitan.

From, use the Open In… extension to open your photographs in any third party editor you have installed on you Mac, make any changes you want, hit Save, return to and your edits will be stored back inside the Photos library.

Includes a handy profile conversion feature to help your images look their best across all your devices!

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

Fixes compatibility with some versions of Adobe Photoshop CC.

Ratings and Reviews

gutchgal ,

WHY didn’t APPLE do this? Thank you Alexander!

Found this in response to an article/forum. Been a MAC person for a LONG time. The “dumbing” down of programs over the years have been disheartening. PHOTOS was a compete HEARTBREAK! I wasn’t using PHOTOS at ALL because of it’s horrible limitations with photo editing and the inability to simply OPEN files from other prgrams. The work around (moving to desktop, using, returning to it’s spot) is INSANE to expect, so I abandoned it completely and kept with well established filing system. This app makes it viable for me to at least use PHOTOS for my phone pics for quick facebook and older archived photos. Thank you Alexander for providing what Apple feels they should be REMOVING. If you make more extensions so the Adobe programs (and others) can actually see & OPEN photos within PHOTOS, than I think you should have Tim Cook’s job! Bravo!

Multi_Read ,

Could be better but at least it’s here.

So to use this, you have to first click the edit button while viewing a photo in the photos app. Then, on the right menu there is a list of edits and then the last button is “Extensions”. Click that, then click open with, then click the drop down (assuming it’s your first time doing this, the drop down won’t need to be used after the first time), choose Photoshop (in my case), and finally open.

A little tedious when in Windows we can just right click and open with… Photoshop. There are many annoyances with macOS that only Windows users will understand. This is a major one… that and creating new documents in folders. Still can’t find a way to do that easily without setting up unrealistic key shortcuts. Don’t get me wrong, love my MacBook but coming from Windows; it’s not hard to see the many many flaws within macOS.

TommyCat69 ,

Not working for me with Photos & Athentec Perfectly Clear

I downloaded the "open in” extension from the Apple App Store. I open “Photos” and then open an image (double click). I then click “edit” and the extension icon (…) to open “open in”.

"Open in” successfully shows Perfectly clear as an option. It opens Perfectly Clear and allows me to edit a photo. I am then saving changes and nothing at all happens to the photo I just edited when viewed back in Photos. I know nothing is happening b/c looks the same and there in no option to “restore to original”.

If I manually export a photo out of photos and then use perfectly clear, all works fine.

There seems to be some permission issue with Perfectly clear and Mac Photos when using "open in".

Makes for a very cumbersome workflow. Would be awesome if this extension worked as it should. Hopefully can be fixed/updated.


Alexander Kent
3 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor



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