I've got a pretty simple dilemma. Currently, I use Finder to manually organize my photos in folders. I've been doing this for years despite the availability of iPhoto and Aperture, because it's just plain simple. Problem is, as the years progress and the photos pile up, it gets harder to find a photo that you want. In all honesty, iPhoto 09 looks like a great solution to my problem since it automatically organizes everything into Events, Places, and Faces. The following reasons/questions are why I haven't already shifted: 1. I sometimes edit photos in Photoshop. I know that you can CMD+Click on a photo to edit in an external editor, but when the time comes to save the photo, I usually save the edited photo as a totally different file to not destroy the original. That leaves me with either importing the edited photo into iPhoto thus making the Events look cluttered since I have multiple copies of the same photo (edited in different ways) OR leaving the original in iPhoto while saving the edited version outside of its library which somewhat defeats the purpose of having iPhoto manage your library. 2. I send photos to mobile phones using Bluetooth. I don't see an option in iPhoto that lets me do that (or maybe I'm just unaware of the feature). That would mean I'd have to drag the selected photos to the desktop THEN send them via Bluetooth THEN delete the copies on the desktop. Seems like a lot of work to share a few photos. 3. The Facebook integration of iPhoto is great, but I have other networking accounts like Friendster and quite a few others not supported by iPhoto. That means I'd have to do the exact same thing I described in #2 to share them on those sites. Again, quite a lot of work. 4. I have photos that don't fit in "Places," "Faces," and "Events" such as Wallpapers, Stock Photos, corporate images, layouts, etc. that I constantly edit and need quick access to. Should I just keep them outside of iPhoto in manually managed folders? That would mean having 2 libraries - the iPhoto and the Folders in Finder which makes it a bit redundant. 5. The actual dilemmas are really about SHARING and EDITING my photos and the fact that I don't have direct access to their containing folders which makes managing my photos manually via Finder such a breeze (minus having to spend a lifetime trying to look for a specific photo of course). 6. What is the most decent photo library management software? Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto or Finder? I guess I just wanna know if I should stick with my current "system" of photo management or transition to iPhoto. I want to know the pros and cons of "Manual Photo Management" vs "Automated iPhoto Management". Hope you guys can shed some light on this and give me expert advice on what to do. Your experiences would also help a great deal. I'd love to know what you guys do to manage your vast Gigabytes of photos. I'd also love to know your "Best Practices" in terms of photo management. I'm open to any ideas you can throw at me, and ideas that answer questions/problems that I haven't already asked but you know I'd probably need or love to know would also help a great deal. Any recommendations on software other than iPhoto and Aperture would be great too! Thanks in advance!!!