Photo Aplication/Software Question?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mbopy22, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. mbopy22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    I did search it, but could not find a thread on this. I'm sure there must be.

    Meanwhile... could anybody recommend me an application (preferealy free) for managing photos?
    I do like iPhoto, but I feel I can use something better.

  2. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Picasa. Otherwise stick with iPhoto and learn how it works.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If you want meaningful suggestions you are going to have to tell us what you don't like about iPhoto. For example it you think it is to hard to use then you do not want to have me suggest Aperture. But if you want to be able to edit using non-destructive adjustment layers you are going to have to go with Photoshop.

    iPhoto is a good place to start and I always advice to use iPhoto until you can list specific reasons why you don't like it. Yes there are reasons not to use it

    I think maybe the way to say it is that there is no "better" but only "better suited to your needs".
  4. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    +1. Most folks issues w/iPhoto stems from not understanding it.

    Also, I don't think there is anything better than iPhoto on the Mac that is free. Some like other applications they pay for, but aside from Picasa, I am not aware of any other robust free tool on the Mac that could supplant iPhoto.
  5. AxisOfBeagles macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2008
    East of Shangrila
    This is really well said - a thoughtful post.

    To the OP - another question: what do you mean by "managing" photos? Editing? Or asset management?
  6. mbopy22 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    Thanks! indeed I did not express myself well

    I meant something that has more editing options, and also, how do I manage or organize my pictures better in iPhoto? Better in the sense that it makes too many copies, I´ve found photos that I´ve deleted a long time ago, and by using whatsize I´ve found them in some hidden folder.

    I have photoshop, but I don´t know how to use it very well... hehehe..
  7. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Actually iPhoto editing is enough for most purpose, what kind of editing are you looking for? selective editing? masks? curves?
  8. deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
    If iPhoto is not enough of an editor for you and you have photoshop (or photoshop essentials) then you don't need anything else for editing. "Managing" depends on what your needs are for organizing your photographs. It might be old school, but I use Finder and a well thought out folder/directory structure. It may be old-school, but it allows me to be in complete control.
  9. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    I second deep diver's opinion on photo editing.

    As for using iPhoto as an asset management program, there is a good discussion elsewhere in the forums here:

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