Motif lets you print books, calendars, cards from Photos on your Mac

Want to print photos, or create books and calendars based on the images you own in your library? Apple once supported this from within Photos, but shuttered that service — now you can use Motif to achieve the same thing in the U.S., Europe and (now) Canada.

A Mac extension you need

The thing about photos is that they become even more precious over time. Steve Jobs described the Photos app as a “digital shoebox” in which you could store all those images — and yet how many of us take the time to go through them?

We should — or at least use the Favourites function to mark the best of them — but still the best way to keep your most precious memories is to print then out — and this is where Motif, a native macOS extension for printed photo books, cards, and calendars, steps in.

Apple’s decision to shutter its own photo-printing service has created a nice opportunity for new players in the space, and Motif — which launched in the U.S. and Europe across the last year — is now opening up its Mac-happy photo development service in Canada.

Built for Mac and Photos

Motif is an Apple-approved Mojave-native extension for Photos on macOS. It means you can use all your Photos tools with Motif, which has the highest rating (3.8) for any Apple Photos Project Extension in the Mac App Store

The extension lets you build photo books, cards, and calendars through its seamless integration with Apple Photos and world class print production.

“The Canadian market represents a significant opportunity for Motif in 2019 and beyond. Canada has been in our launch plans since the Motif extension was released in the US and Europe last year. As an Apple-approved native extension for Photos on macOS, we’re excited to provide our top-rated photo books, cards, and calendars to help Canadians share and commemorate past, present, and upcoming special occasions,” said Craig Bauer, Global Managing Director of Motif.

Motif details

Motif’s latest version (2.0.3) supports English, German, French, Italian and Spanish in-app language translation, and boasts much improved drag-&-drop support and a redesigned checkout process. The app is available in the U.S., Europe and now Canada for free in the Mac App Store.

Once installed you’ll find that Motif runs inside Photos as an extension. Just create an album or select a memory and then select Create>Motif in the File menu.

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Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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