I converted from a PC a year ago, and love my Mac (macbook pro 2010 mid 17" version with snow leopard) in almost every regard except for one gaping bloody hole: dealing with photos. I take a lot of pictures, and managing my archives is a bit of a job. After a days/weekends shoot, I used to: 1. look through them and delete duplicates/bad shots, fix orientation 2. rename batches to fit the date, location, and subject 3. store them into various folders (chronologically and by event) NONE of these simple functions are possible on a Mac in a simple way. First, Preview would be the closest program to Windows Fax and Picture Viewer, but it crashes nearly every time I use it. Using the Quick Look (spacebar view) is OK, but doesn't allow one to zoom in to look for detail or to fix orientation. Second, Putting many batches of files into the same folder does not work due to duplicate picture names (every camera recharge starts the naming sequence back to xxxxxxxx001, etc.), and for some reason, one cannot batch rename on a Mac with any free software (that I know of). Being dirt poor, there is no way I'm going shell out 20 bucks for something that should be a part of the OS. Third, When viewing the icons of the pictures in a folder, one cannot select bunches of images except by shift clicking each one manually. You can shift select large groups while in list view, but that doesn't help when you need to visually see where the breaks in theme are. Can anyone explain to me a better way to conquer any of these steps or explain why Max OS X is set up in such a terrible way to deal with photos? This might be my paranoia speaking, but it seems like the interface is deliberately bad to try to "encourage" people to only use iPhoto (which I might have to convert to, but have tens of thousands of images that will need to be reorganized, a full time months long task I would much rather not do). Thanks!