I hate iPhoto. Alternatives?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SuperApe, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. SuperApe macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2008

    I'm finished with iPhoto. I've gone through all the phases. I liked it. I hated it. I liked it again. Now, it's over.

    Can anyone recommend other photo organizers available for mac?

    Thanks a mil.
  2. schlackattack macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2007
    I hate iPhoto also, minus some phases

    Coming from Picasa to iPhoto I didn't suffer as many phases as you did. First I wasn't sure what to make of it, then I hated it. It's terrible. I wish Google would release Picasa for the Mac already.
  3. fletchnj macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    40.7853 -73.9885
  4. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Can't suggest alternatives if you don't describe what is is you want to do that iPhoto isn't doing for you. Is it general workflow, basic organization, creative tools, distribution & publishing? Keep in mind, iPhoto does all of those, even though in each category there are likely one or more apps that do that one thing better, but I have yet to find anything that competes across the board (much less integrate with everything else in iLife or the OS in general). As much as one or two little things may annoy me about it, I can't find a useful, complete replacement for it.
  5. SuperApe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2008
    I don't like iPhoto's general workflow and it's tendency to lose or corrupt files. Thinking about the functions important to me, there are only two: browsing photos before editing with Photoshop; and showing albums, slideshows, etc. to friends and family.

    Does anyone use apps other than iPhoto?

    P.S. I also dearly miss Picasa, schlackattack.
  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    My main complaint with iPhoto was that it was VERY slow to load and ran sluggishly in general. I guess I have a particularly large photo library or something.

    Anyway, I recently upgraded from 2GB to 4GB RAM and today must have been the first time I opened iPhoto since then. It is a totally different program now. It starts up and shuts down almost instantly and no delay in switching pictures.

    Pretty sad that it took a RAM upgrade to get it working well for me but now I've got no complaints with iPhoto.
  7. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    I rather like iPhoto - but sure it's not perfect. In the 3+ years I've used it, it's never lost a file. It corrupted one once but I got it back by fishing it out with Finder. My library is presently 3650/4.6Gb.

    Never used iPhoto '08 tho. Maybe that's your problem.

  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    As an alternative you could try
    Apple's Aperture $299 or Adobe's Photoshop LightRoom $365+tax.

    Personally, I prefer LightRoom, integrates with CS3 really well.
    However, the bad point... Neither are cheap!!

    Hmmm.. nowt wrong with iPhoto '08 so long as you have resources for it...
    and your not using raw images... average file is about 4-5Mb, depending on lighting and exposure.
  9. nemex macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    You can download Aperture as a trial for 30 days :apple:
  10. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If you've ever used Picasa, you'd understand. The differences are undescrible, yet unmistakable.
  11. maccompaq macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2007
    The software that comes with a Canon Powershot S5 IS is awesome both on Mac and Windows. I just installed it yesterday, and I am impressed with it in spite of such a short time of use. With my last digital camera, I loaded the pictures into iPhoto once, and from then on I shunned iPhoto to use the software that came with my Kodak.
  12. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    And also that as far as I see these programs are way much more than what he needs:), both apps are great if you shoot RAW and have tons of photos that you need to classify them extensively, but definitely not a nice app for the regular user, they are way to complicated at first.
  13. SuperApe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2008
    Since I shoot RAW and regularly use Photoshop, I'm giving LightRoom a try. The options and control seem nice.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
  14. tibi08 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    Heh. You'll come back to iPhoto ;)
  15. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006

    Actually, if you explained why you "hate it", we might be able to make some suggestions. Aperture comes to mind, as does Lightroom.
  16. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Lightroom is awesome. I hate Aperture for the same reason I hate iPhoto: it doesn't organize photos on your hard drive! When I create a folder in my program to organize and sort my photos, I want that same organizational structure on my hard drive! Lightroom does that automatically. iPhoto and Aperture both don't.
  17. sorryiwasdreami macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2004
    way out in the sticks
  18. ChelseaFC macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2008

    I am brand new to iPhoto and as of right now I have to say that I miss Picasa.

    I agree with poster above in that if I make a structure of organization in iPhoto that that same folder structure should be on hard drive.

    It looks like I am going to have to run Boot Camp just to use a few old pc programs like sopcast. If it wasn't for trying to convert to macword, I would be tempted to use Picasa. I have no intention of using picasa though because I want to be able to take advantage of how iPhoto works with the other mac apps. (see look I said "apps" instead of programs) :)

    I am commited though to switching to a mac way of doing things!
  19. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I'm a recent switcher. While I much preferred Picasa to iPhoto 06, I think iPhoto 08 is now better than Picasa. What is it about Picasa that you still prefer to iPhoto 08? (I've not encountered any corruption or crashes from iPhoto.)

    If it's a matter of having files on your hard-drive organized just so, and expecting iPhoto, like Picasa, to use your file-system sensibilities, well, you may be better off letting go of that desire. I've found that's just not the Mac way of doing things; when I understood that and just accepted that Apple Programs were a complete interface replacement, I found my Mac much more pleasant and sensible to work with.

    If you can't deal with that, Mac life might be tough: iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb all come to mind as apps that manage your files for you.

    Unfortunately, there's nothing else out there of reasonable price for Picasa-like photo management. You could use Picasa via Parallels (which I considered), but that would be terribly burdensome and not a good long-term solution.

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