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Organizing photos on a Mac

Notso Bad , May 30, 2005; 02:24 p.m.

I am an amateur photographer. I have a new dual processor Mac G5 with iPhoto5 and a canon 20D

I have already noticed a slowdown with iPhoto with only about 1000 images (1.9GB) I use adobe photoshop elements 3 and still shoot only JPEG, though may try out RAW one day.

I have searched this site and the web extensively, but wanted some opinions before I start downloading trial versions of new software. My options:

*get iphoto library manager and create multiple libraries for iPhoto * get iview mediapro (for future raw support) * use elements file browser/finder * use something else like extensis portfolio, canto cumulus, etc.

(i am leaning toward one of the first two above)

Any recommendations??

thanks

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Remco Jan Woldhuis , May 30, 2005; 02:28 p.m.

I am using Extensis Portfolio on my old iMac G3, and it works fine with any amount of photos. I currently have about 2500 photos in my Portfolio library and no noticable performance differences compared to a smaller database.

Remco Jan Woldhuis

Paul Rigas , May 30, 2005; 03:54 p.m.

Extensis Portfolio. Two pros I know use this product and rave about it.

I also have a dual G5. Just purchased the 23" display. What a difference.

Brad - , May 30, 2005; 04:03 p.m.

I've been using iView Media Pro for about four years - it's a great program and rock solid. In addition to organizing, it also let's you put together slide shows (with music) and generates html for mini web presentations, like this one.

Chris Kendall , May 30, 2005; 05:53 p.m.

Please note that there is an issue with iPhoto 5 and slowness, even on a fast machine like yours, which can be resolved by launching all the other iLife apps. If you have not yet run iDVD, iMovie, iTunes and/or Garage Band then I recommend running them once and then trying iPhoto again. This fixes something under the hood and gets iPhoto back up to usable speeds. Worth a try before shelling out on new software - it transformed my 25gb iPhoto library back into something I could actually use without swearing.

Adam Weiss , May 30, 2005; 08:02 p.m.

If you have any inclination to buy the full-blown Photoshop, I would say use Adobe Bridge (comes with Photoshop CS2). If you organize you pictures into folders on your hard drive (Bridge balks at more than 800-1000 shots in one folder), it is a great way to view, rate, and edit them. It has a very iPhoto-like interface (photo size slider, 1-5 star ratings during slideshows, "smart album" folders, etc.) with lots of power under the hood.

I wouldn't buy photoshop just for Bridge, but I would think of it as a great second reason!

Adam Weiss , May 30, 2005; 08:06 p.m.

One more thing: I have an iPhoto library manger, iView MediaPro, and Bridge. I find myself using Bridge over the others

iPhoto isn't at all useful if you want to shoot RAW and do anything more than look at the files. Bridge and iView support RAW, but Bridge integrates so much better with Photoshop and Adobe Camera RAW.

Alan Soon , May 30, 2005; 09:56 p.m.

I use iView MediaPro. It's pretty good for what it's supposed to do, but unfortunately is very "un-Mac" in its behavior. IF you're looking for a cheaper option, try Kavasoft's Shoebox.

Notso Bad , May 31, 2005; 07:54 a.m.

thanks for the advice. (I have opened all the iLife 05 programs, but can try it again anyway.)

I may move up to PS CS, esp with the canon upgrade deal that is supposed to go until nov 05

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