Motif Releases macOS Mojave Update for Apple Photos

Native extension for photo books, cards, and calendars takes full advantage of macOS Mojave features

Motif operates natively within Apple Photos on macOS (Photo: Business Wire)

CHICAGO--()--With Apple set to replace its Print Services with photo project extensions on September 30, 2018, Motif, the only native macOS extension for printed photo books, cards, and calendars, today released its newest version, making it fully optimized and compatible with macOS Mojave. The latest version of Motif is available for free in the Mac App Store.

As an approved native extension for Photos on macOS, Motif allows consumers to take advantage of Apple's powerful photo editing tools within the Motif extension. Included with Motif’s macOS Mojave version are a handful of new features, including:

  • Native Operation: Full integration with Photos on macOS Mojave (10.14), creating a faster and more responsive user experience.
  • Automatic Adjustment: Unified with Mojave system preferences, Motif automatically adjusts based on user settings, including light / dark mode, drag and drop, copy and paste, and image editing within projects.
  • Text Editing: Write and edit custom text in myriad fonts, colors, and sizes.
  • Book Themes: The newest version of Motif offers double the number of photo book themes.
  • Spacing: Improved vertical line and horizontal character spacing, giving users the option to visually separate pictures, captions, and transitions.

“As part of RR Donnelley, a global supplier of print services to Apple since 2005, we are well-positioned to take care of Apple’s customers during the transition from macOS High Sierra to Mojave,” said Craig Bauer, Global SVP / Managing Director of Motif. “After thoroughly listening to customer feedback, we strategically improved the Motif extension for macOS Mojave to optimize performance, efficiency, and product superiority, including revamped photo editing capabilities, themes, designs, and layouts that work natively within Photos. Not only can customers print existing photo projects with Motif, but they can do so with the same high-quality end product that Apple customers have come to expect.”

Additionally, during the transition from macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), existing Print Services projects in Apple Photos will soon be able to seamlessly convert to Motif on macOS Mojave with a high degree of fidelity, including pages, images, colors, borders, and captions. As a result, users with existing Photo projects in development will not lose progress on custom-designed work.

Since its launch in July 2018, Motif has garnered more than 15,000 downloads and been featured by Apple as one of the “New Apps and Games We Love" in the Mac App Store. To try out Motif, follow these easy steps:


Download Motif: Visit the App Store from your desktop. Search for “Motif Photo Books,” and then click “Download.”


Open Photos: Launch the Apple Photos application. Motif runs inside Photos.


Start Creating: In Photos, select an album or memory. Then from the “File” menu, choose “Create,” and then select “Motif”.


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About Motif

Motif is the only native macOS extension for Apple Photos that helps consumers create specially curated photo books, cards and calendars. Motif is a service of RR Donnelley, a global supplier of print services to Apple since 2005 that has produced 75+ million photo products to date. Motif distinguishes itself from the field with proprietary features that use machine learning to analyze and group images for best image identification, duplicate removal, autoflow, interactive layouts, subject centering and cropping, and more. In its physical products, Motif carries forward Apple's commitment to delivering the finest quality printed photo products using sustainably sourced, durable, and environmentally friendly materials. For more information or to download Motif, please visit


Mark LoCastro

Release Summary

Motif, a native extension for photo books, cards, & calendars, releases its newest version, making it fully optimized & compatible with macOS Mojave.


Mark LoCastro