Help Needed: Basic Photo SW for Mac

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by wt21, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Mac Users --

    I use LR for editing. Love it. But it's complicated for my wife. She'd like something much more lightweight. Something that allows her to do basic management and some very basic editing -- crop, maybe some levels adjustment.

    iPhoto is struggling with the 13K photos she has, and it's penchant to try and identify faces and other things means it's really bogged down. She finds LR too advanced. Also, her computer is older, and I don't want to have to upgrade her HW to keep up with my toy addiction. She wants to keep the laptop she knows and loves.

    I was thinking -- what about Bridge? Doesn't that come with PS elements? Can I get it standalone?
    What other basic tools are there for her on a Mac?

    I suppose I could also look at Aperture.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    You might also try just creating a new iPhoto library once a month, or as it starts to bog down. That should speed it up, since it wouldn't be trying to load ALL her photos all the time

    I only use aperture, which isn't much help to you otherwise :) but mebbe the above tip will keep you going a bit longer till better option comes along!
     
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  3. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Thanks Eliot, though I'm a bit confused. Do you mean to create an iPhoto library in segments. Let's say a library for each year? Or do you mean somehow recreate the entire library each month?
     
  4. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Eliot
    You should be able to just create a new one as needed. The others will still exist on your machine and be accessible. They just won't be forcing iPhoto to load all their photos when you open them up.

    File
    Switch to library
    Create new

    Then import some photos and see if it feels any faster with just those photos

    Anytime you need to use the photos contained in the other libraries, just go back to

    File
    Switch to library
    Choose one from the list

    So it's kind of like your closet
    When you open it, you aren't forced to look at all the clothes you've owned yer entire life
    It just shows you the clothes you've bought recently


    Make any sense?
     
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  5. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

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    Eliot
    Oh, yes, in segments. But not necessarily yearly. I'm on a retina pro and haven't shot much, but I still make a new one mebbe envy three months, since the silly rx1 has to have gigantic files! Lol

    The total size of the library plus the hardware running it will determine how fast it starts to bog down, and at that point, create a new library.

    Also, I'm assuming since it's older, it's a standard hdd. How full is the drive space? If you don't have enuf free space, it can slow your machine down a lot as well. I keep all my old libraries on an external drive(since they are 90% of my storage needs) to keep my machine running nice n fresh
     
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  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I stumbled upon instructions on how to "rebuild database" and that has REALLY helped. Might be able to stick with iPhoto after all!!

    Though I still don't like the "Events" mode of organizing.
     
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  7. staticantics

    staticantics SC Regular

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    Oct 15, 2013
    Central California
    Chris
    How silly is it that iPhoto does not permit turning off facial recognition?

    Before Lightroom existed, years and years ago, I used photo mechanic http://www.camerabits.com/ and enjoyed that, but I see it costs even more than Lightroom now.

    Lyn has some interesting reviews: http://www.lynapp.com/ and could be a very good alternative, but I have not tried it. Lifehacker wrote about it here: http://lifehacker.com/5813514/the-best-photo-management-app-for-mac-os-x

    My wife doesn't enjoy any of the photo organizing software, but I got her to at least try Picasa and she used it more than any other program. http://picasa.google.com/

    This also popped up, but I haven't seen much of it in action: Fotonauts http://fotonauts.com
     
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  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Aperture also wants to ID faces, and on my computer, at least, its like a great blob, its slow and ponderous and takes ages to do anything... and I have 16GB RAM as well as plenty of space. iPhoto's current set of editing tools is pretty good. I have been playing with them lately and finding them adequate for basic tasks. I'd also recommend using multiple libraries, and theres a tool somewhere which allows good management of many libraries. I'll go find it and put a link here when I have. Stick with iPhoto is my recommendation for anyone who doesn't want complicated.

    And here's the link... its called (Not surprisingly really) iPhoto Library Manager.
    http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/

    Just found another called iPhoto Buddy but I don't know much about it
    http://www.iphotobuddy.com
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    iPhoto forces one use face recognition?:confused:

    P.S. Good to know about the different libraries. Although I don't use iPhoto now, I can see using it on my yet to arrive iPad.. And I do use it on my computer when someone sends me a photo that I want to keep...it's so easy with the Mac mail program.
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Not really. It might want to occasionally but if you ignore it, no prob
     
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  11. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Unless you have my workflow. I import 100s of pics to my wife's iPhoto (from Lightroom) which then bogs down her computer. If you are only bringing them in occassionally, then it doesn't matter.

    But it also eats up database space, and we have 13K photos, many with multiple people, so there are little thumbnails generated for all those faces. There should just be an option to turn it off. No reason to force it.

    I just tried Picasa. It stinks. Lyn (mentioned above) is very lightweight and easy to use. Might try that, or stay on iPhoto.
     
  12. CM_SK

    CM_SK SC Regular

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    Saskatoon, SK, Canada
    I tried to convince iPhoto that it could recognize landscapes too since I don't really shoot many faces; it balked at separating New Zealand from Scotland so I gave up....:doh:

    Seriously for BB, I use the desktop IPhoto just to hold jpgs exported from LR in named albums; these then automatically sync to the iPad so that the iPad always has a current photo portfolio. It has become how I show photos for many people....
     
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  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Thanks for that explanation, Colin, because I'm sure I'll want to do that when I take delivery and become iPad fluent!