You'll want to install PhotoStructure for Desktop on a computer that you can leave powered on for a while, at least during the initial import. Ideally, you'll install PhotoStructure on a computer that you can leave on all the time, so you can have access to your library whenever you want from wherever you are.

Note that this computer will be hosting your "cloud," so if it's off, your photos will not available to you or anyone you shared them with.

PhotoStructure for Desktop has installers for Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu Desktop. Your computer should have at least 4GB of RAM, and lots of free disk space.

  • MacOS: Click the Apple menu in the upper corner of your screen, and choose "About This Mac." You should be running Mac OS X 10.11 or newer, and have at least 4 GB of RAM. If your Mac was released after 2006, it should be 64-bit.
  • Windows 10: Hit your windows key and type "system information". Version should start with 10.0, and System Type should be x64-based PC.
  • Ubuntu Desktop: hit the start key and type "about". The OS type should say 64-bit. If you're on the terminal, uname -p should say x86_64. Note that PhotoStructure for Desktop requires a running X-display.

This computer should have access to a hard drive with lots of free space to store your library. At this point, you might be thinking to yourself, "how much disk space do I need for my PhotoStructure library," which is a really great question.

Photo by Jamie Street.