I’ve also decided to change my Image Capture preferences so that I import photos to iView Media Pro (v1.5.7) rather than iPhoto. iPhoto is very appealing and I used it all last year. It’s great software and suits many of my clients perfectly. Its limitations though have meant that I’ve maintained an awkward system of manually adding pictures to an iView catalogue as well. Now it’s time to reverse that procedure and automatically pull pictures in to iView and manually add them to iPhoto.
I’d been using iView long before iPhoto appeared and it’s a lot more flexible. A catalogue has three views: content (just a listing), thumbnail, and media (full size). There are simple controls for rotating the view. You can easily show or hide a customisable information display, edit layouts for viewing thumbnails, choose display sizes. It doesn’t have the zoomable views of iPhoto, but it also doesn’t have the delay before displaying the picture at full resolution. Now I have a 6 megapixel camera my 1Ghz G4 Powerbook seems to be having trouble coping in iPhoto.
In iView I can sort and select with ease, create custom catalogues, show the image file in the Finder (where it’s not locked into an annoying hierarchy of folders inside folders). I can choose which software I want to use to edit the photo — ImageReady for this one, Photoshop for that one. It does slideshows and movies, makes it easy to move and copy photos. So: 2003 and iPhoto — a useful learning experience; 2004 and iView — ease and flexibility of use.