Alternative to iPhoto

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Jorgamund, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Jorgamund macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    I am looking for an alternative to iPhoto for viewing and organizing photos. I need something that allows for tags like iPhoto does and preferably something with a full-screen mode for editing.
    My main problem with iPhoto is that it gets bogged down when you have imported thousands of photos. And I hate having to import photos on external drives before I can view them.
    I've seen a lot of recommendations for Picasa, but I can't use that 'cause I'm on a PPC. :mad:
  2. DenisK macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    I used to like iPhoto for its simplicity and powerful tools at the ready, but, with the latest upgrade I just hate it. I switched to LR3, its light, fast (faster than iPhoto), supports dual screen, and is very very smart. It may be a tad overwhelming at first, but I have yet to see a better package all around. To me, it smokes Aperture as well, which I never liked to begin with.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you're dealing with thousands of pictures, then you need something that's geared more to you then iPhoto.

    As the other poster mentioned, Lightroom 3 is a good option. Apple's Aperture is another option. It offers more tools and features for the photographer, especially if you use RAW.

    Both offer trial downloads, so try both and see which one best fits your needs.
  4. Nice macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2010
  5. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    Lightroom 3 is very good, I never used iPhoto. I do not like the way iPhoto organises my files.
    I never used Picasa but I have customers that use it and sometimes I have the idea it also takes control over their files so that they cannot export their work to an external drive in the way I need them.
  6. DenisK macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    It is true about Aperture, but. Maybe I was not patient enough, but last couple of times I tried using it, it left a really bad impression: it took forever (hours) to import just a small part of my library (a few folders equal to a few days of shooting, less that 1k of shots). My MBP became paralyzed during the process, except for the fans that were spinning wheee! out control. I dont recall the details, but i had a hard time finding simple full screen mode, especially to zoom in in pictures. Instead, it kept giving me that rounded Loupe view, which I am not a big fan of. I recall liking some of the noise management sliders, but later i discovered that LR3 runs circles around Aperture in that department too, meaning it has a lot more tools to deal with noise, shadows, etc. I think the last attempt i made was after their most recent upgrade...

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