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Why would I want to use iPhoto?

post #1 of 20
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I ask you all politely, as I have not, as of yet, found any use for it. I admit that I have not used it longer than ten minutes (ever).

However, I have a digital camera now ( ), and I wondered if it wouldn't be better to go iPhoto.

For now, I have enough with ImageViewer, Preview and Photoshop, for slide-showing, viewing and manipulating my pics.

The reason I dumped iPhoto the first time I used it is that it began, without my asking, to copy the pics I was looking at in some dated folders (which was crazy, as it were some jpg'd cartoons I got off the internet).

So, what can I do more with iPhoto than I can now. Or maybe, for you might not all be interested in converting ME, of all people, to something, why do YOU use iPhoto?
post #2 of 20
Use it like a photo album. I use iPhoto for converting photos to B&W since since the grayscale options in other image editors are not the same. Use iPhoto to order prints or make a book. Or if you have a printer with use iPhoto to print your photos with a color profile specific to the printer.

iPhoto's not super special. You don't need to use it if you have no use for it.
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post #3 of 20
I dun have a digital camera, so I may not be able to utilise iPhoto fully. But iPhoto do allows me to manage my photo collections much better, sorting them into nice categories and writing notes for these photos.

Not spectacular, but still nice.
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post #4 of 20
I use it as a finder-like application for my pictures. I don't need to worry about where they are on my HD, they're just there. I can organize them how I want in iPhoto. My camera uses arcane naming techniques but that doesn't matter because I organize them how I want. I also use iPhoto to order stuff and publish pics quick and dirty to my homepage. I never use it to edit things. It's an organizer for me.
post #5 of 20
I think if you have solutions you're happy with, you shouldn't feel the need to use Apple's product. I group my images by project, and these projects include layouts, models, e-mails, letters, etc. in sub-folders. So iPhoto's setup is not for me, and maybe not for you. If you do anything in Photoshop that will generate layers, it gets too messy to use iPhoto's library system to organize yourself. I tend to have lots of .t3doc and .psd files with added people, backgrounds, merged images, adjustment layers, variations, copies etc., etc. so it's just something I won't attempt to control in iPhoto.

Like Jobs said when he introduced it, it's more akin to that box of loose photos you have stuffed away in a drawer (but easier to find and organize stuff) than to a darkroom. When I do occasionally use iPhoto for personal stuff, I use PixelNhance to fix up the images. Using it in this scenario is very natural and convenient. Again, my only warning is that if you do anything more complicated, iPhoto will only get in the way.
post #6 of 20
I've made good experiences with <a href="http://www.iview-multimedia.com/" target="_blank">iView MediaPro</a>. Try it!
post #7 of 20
WHERE THE HELL IS IPHOTO 2.0?

Sorry to shout.
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post #8 of 20
[quote]Originally posted by Harald:
<strong>WHERE THE HELL IS IPHOTO 2.0?

Sorry to shout.</strong><hr></blockquote>

WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT FROM THAT?

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post #9 of 20
iPhoto = SSSSSLLLOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!

Well it is when you have several Gb's of snaps! I do use it though as a kind of contact sheet, lets me quickly delete crap and rotate snaps. I'd like to see a quicker Pro version, but then again I'm happy using Photoshop for manipulation/corection etc... Oooooh! and better batch printing would be bloody welcome!! <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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post #10 of 20
[quote]Originally posted by Crustibooga:
<strong>Well it is when you have several Gb's of snaps! I do use it though as a kind of contact sheet, lets me quickly delete crap and rotate snaps. I'd like to see a quicker Pro version, but then again I'm happy using Photoshop for manipulation/corection etc... Oooooh! and better batch printing would be bloody welcome!! <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

have a look at my link above
post #11 of 20
I use it to order prints. The integration with Kodak's service is top notch. Also, you can review your order online (Apple's order tracking site), along with thumbnails of the photos you submitted.
post #12 of 20
[quote] have a look at my link above <hr></blockquote>

Hey Defiant, where's the link?? Have you a website? What camera do you use? How is Switzerland at this time of the year, have always wanted to go :cool:
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post #13 of 20
[quote]Originally posted by Crustibooga:
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Hey Defiant, where's the link?? Have you a website? What camera do you use? How is Switzerland at this time of the year, have always wanted to go :cool: </strong><hr></blockquote>

the link is still above, but for christ's sake, here he is again: <a href="http://www.iview-multimedia.com/" target="_blank">iView MediaPro</a>
no, I don't have a website.
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post #14 of 20
I still swear by <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=11604&db=mac" target="_blank">PhotoGrid X</a>

It is hands down the best app for very large image databases.
post #15 of 20
I used to try keeping my digital photos (mostly family) organized by event, then I would wonder when the heck they had been taken... iPhoto let's me just forget about "where" they are, and just use them.

I don't have extraordinary needs - just a place to "keep" all the photos, scan through them easily. It's just a huge scrapbook for me. If I import a dozen photos of a birthday, I drag them to create a new album so I can look at just those later, or order prints of them from Kodak, etc.

Personally, I'd hate to have to go through the finder to find photos, and I know a LOT of people who just do that. Must be the years of Windows use or something.

I'm making up a book right now too of our new house construction. It'll be a coffee table book, photos from the ground breaking to our first day staying in it.

It's a cool tool if you have uses for it. It could stand to use a performance upgrade, that's for sure. It's not really an issue for me now with the new Power Mac, but it was a dog on the iBook. I'm sure the next rev will be much better.

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post #16 of 20
iPhoto sucks.
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post #17 of 20
iPhoto is great. I'm lazy with computers. I like to have an easy import, I like to be able to do elementary things like rotating or cropping without hauling out Photoshop which I use for actual series photo editing and design purposes, I like to have easy organization and fast(ish) navigation between thousands of photos, I like quick exporting of simple photo galleries that I can stick into an HTML template of my own and use on a website, and I especially like one-click print ordering, that's just a snap. And slideshows, those are great. And the price, you can't beat that. And how it can make screensavers of photos acrost different albums and everything with just one button. And I like the auto-organizing library part of it, so I don't have to manually organize my photos. And I like .Mac integration, considering I paid for it.

There's lots to like about iPhoto. I don't know how you people can't like it, maybe you just need to feel like you're too good for something, just so you feel good in general... elitism for no good reason. Hey, your loss.
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post #18 of 20
iPhoto is so slow it's unusable on a G4 400.

iPhoto is also not suitable for a large database of images.

That's how.
post #19 of 20
it run fine on our imac 400.....runs great on my QS867.......nice iapp,and it will be improved.

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post #20 of 20
[quote]Originally posted by tonton:
<strong>iPhoto is so slow it's unusable on a G4 400.

iPhoto is also not suitable for a large database of images.

That's how.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I run it on several G3 233s and 266s, as well as a lab of G3 400s... with thousands (probably quite a number of gigabytes, altogether) of high-res digital photos, and it is just fine, you must just have high standards that are going to take a few more versions and some faster processor speeds to realize.

Yeah, MagicFingers, you're right. I don't know why I said anything... as if it's going to change someone's mind any.
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