I have to revise my photography workflow — spending half a day editing my pictures on Photoshop was fine when I made a session a month, but if I want to take advantage of living in Paris to use my camera more, and possibly buy a smaller one I could carry everywhere, that just doesn’t work.
I suppose it’s time for me to try out iPhoto, but I don’t expect too much from it. If Photoshop didn’t take four hours to launch and take 400% of my RAM, that would be a good start, too. Suggestions are welcome. (I’m that close to migrating to Flickr, but I really don’t like being dependent on foreign scripts, no matter how advanced.)
Right now I’m trying iView MediaPro, and it works just about perfectly (well, the image editing possibilities are a bit limited), save for one thing: for some insanely absurd reason, if you’re using the embedded image editing functions, then either you’ll overwrite the original picture or you’ll have to manually choose a folder where to save a backup — each time. The default being to save all backups of a given library into the same folder, which makes it totally unmanageable outside of MediaPro. I’m far from having decided to commit to it right now, so I’d very much like my backups to simply go into a subfolder of where the original file is. Am I the only one thinking it’d make more sense? And that it’s insane not to be able to “Save as…” after I’ve done some editing? Even if I choose to save into a different format, the previous version is deleted! I can’t trust my images to a program that’s so insistent on obliterating them.
It’s a shame, because the interface is otherwise well done (even though the program is available for Windows as well), and
it’s all snappy enough. Uh, maybe not — right now it’s spinning a beach ball.
Aperture and Lightroom are off-limits because they’re beta versions, and photo management is too important to deal with that. (Yes, Aperture is a beta, since it doesn’t really run well on any existing computer and it can’t read RAW files correctly yet.)