Photos alternatives?

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  1. brn2rnjk1 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    My wife (iMac) has used iPhoto for years but is a bit upset with the latest. Is there an alternative or alternativesfor cataloging etc. photos (no need to do manipulations) that people like.

  2. mgroot macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2014
  3. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2013
    Litovel, Czech Republic
    IPhoto or alternatively - Lightroom or Capture One - both would give you more functions but also cost more.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Your best bet is Lightroom, Capture One, or if you still have it, iPhoto, though there's no guarantee that it keep working as years go on.

    I'd recommend LightRoom because the organizational tools provided by Lightroom are superior to Capture One. C1 has a great RAW rendering app (provided your wife shoots RAW), but its DAM tools are not as robust.
  5. forum user macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2008
    We (wife and myself) use Piwigo ( for sharing, cataloging and watching. It is easy to setup and the WAF is high.

    We can tag the photos by keyword, create smart albums that show a combination of keywords, decide on who can see which photos and can do lots of other stuff.
    Piwigo has a web interface for viewing, uploading and cataloging. So you are not limited to one OS. Sharing works by using Piwigo on your own server (free) or alternatively, you can use their hosting service (at a fee). At home we run Piwigo on our NAS and view the picture on the web browser. In contrast to the old iPhoto we can view all of our photos in one place. Before I had my photos on my mac, she had her photos on her mac. The NAS has multiple disc so the photos are safe and accessible.

    There is a free iOS app which will be updated soon. With the new app version you can tag and upload photos directly from the device.

    Disclaimer: I not involved with the paid hosting service. I am part of the community of users and developers and can really recommend it.
  6. hydr macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2009
    Photos is great. I would give it another try. I think it´s miles ahead of anything iPhotos was already, and it´s only V1.
  7. Oz. macrumors regular


    Jan 20, 2011
    I don't like the fact that is duplicating my linked photos!
  8. mgroot macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2014
  9. jasnw macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2013
    Seattle Area (NOT! Microsoft)
    As someone who really dislikes Photos, what exactly do you like about it that makes it miles ahead of iPhotos? Maybe I'm missing something.
  10. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    For an alternative, look at Lyn, or even XnViewMP (the latter is free). Both are browsers, but have more sophisticated features than Photos in some ways.

    AfterShot Pro is another alternative; it can import or act as a photo browser and is quite quick.

    Which alternatives will work (and there are many) rather depends on which features are needed, or at least which parts of Photos is objectionable.

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