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Why no new pictures?

Because I am starting to hate (yes, I know it is a rather strong word for a rather strong emotion, but it is almost true) iPhoto.  I have 6,354 photos in my photo library, and it has to load every one of them (by hand it seems), and everytime I try to do anything that might mean multi-tasking for the CPU, it delays forever (okay, again with a strong word that isn’t exactly correct, but you are getting the idea), and it is about to drive me crazy.  It was really tolerable until I hit about 6,000.  Then it was as if I was loading glue into the memory rather than my usual brilliant (I heard that snickering- stop it) photographs.

Therefore my appeal, my request, my latest desire in a never-ending string of hopeless wishes,
is that someone, if there is anyone out there at all who knows these things (and of course would never use anything for taking good care of digital brilliance other than a Macintosh Computer (or at least knows a lot about this subject)), might have mercy upon me and share, nay enlighten me as to which applications out there can handle such delicate finery as these my photographs, my memories, my all too much time devouring hobby.



Comment from trey
Time: 9 August, 2006, 1:00 am

i use aperture–which is a fancy-shmancy iPhoto in a lot of ways—but it is geared more to the proffessional photographer so it might be a little over kill. . .i have never used iPhoto, so i am not sure if you can do this but have you tried to set up separate folders and divivde your pictures up by date or category? that way, you only see a few at a time?

Comment from jv
Time: 9 August, 2006, 8:54 am

sounds like trey is onto it. If you have that many images just dumped into a folder. just opening the folder is a task. BTW i accidentally stumbled on a directory with 70k images so i feel your pain. So your best bet is to organize your pics into folders but i don’t know how iphoto handles that. (use your friend google)

my other suggestion is to use Flickr. It rocks!

Comment from dennis
Time: 9 August, 2006, 10:06 am

iPhoto does allow for sorting in folders, especially by “rolls”, which is really the total pics imported at once (i.e. there are rolls of 5 pictures and others with 250 pics depending on what was on the camera at the time). Even with the folders closed, it still loads all of the thumbnail images for the edit window; it is really a pain. I will say that it is a pretty good little editing program, and I have been pretty happy with what I can do to fix the photos;it’s just starting to bug me that I have to practically shut down everything in order to run it.

Comment from Stan Kwan
Time: 9 August, 2006, 1:16 pm

Sounds to me you need Aperture – http://www.apple.com/aperture/

Also, check out SMUGMUG.COM

You’ll love it! CHeck out my site sometime – http://www.standaman.smugmug.com

Comment from Mike
Time: 9 August, 2006, 1:46 pm

Some other thoughts:

You might want to check out the beta of Adobe Lightroom.

Here are a couple reviews from a couple of friends who like Stan are pretty accomplished photographers.

Another thing to look at would be Picasa from Google, which now has a Mac version. And of course from the posting side, having Flickr images show up in a WordPress blog is probably the easiest thing on the planet, but that doesn’t help you manage your photos on your hard drive.

Comment from the foxie moxie
Time: 9 August, 2006, 3:13 pm

you could stop taking pictures…but that’s just a suggestion…which is…by the way…exactly what you ask for…miss you 😉

Comment from BotSO
Time: 10 August, 2006, 4:00 pm

Aperture on a Dual Core PowerBook would be nice.

Comment from Mom
Time: 10 August, 2006, 5:05 pm

You have gajillions of photos on your links. Why is this a problem now?

Just curious. I have no solution to offer. But you
would have been hurt if I didn’t weigh in, I felt sure.

Comment from Big ERn
Time: 13 August, 2006, 11:26 pm

Dennis, take a look at this website. http://www.pure-mac.com/graph.html It lists some interesting Mac compatable programs. (Is that an oxymoron?) Of them, ACDSee is one that I am familiar with. I clicked on the link and the Mac version is $40.00. It works well on my desktop.

The key is to store your images in a filing system in folders by date or some other organized plan so that the browser don’t have to input the whole thing just to find one picture. See you soon.

Comment from the Travel-junkie
Time: 14 August, 2006, 12:51 am

Wow. All my tech-savvy, guru-like, friends seem to agree that I should spend $400+ on Aperture. My dad, retired, house-painting, and otherwise seemingly “out-of-the-loop” seems to have found me a solution at a tenth the price. I may be a doctor but that doesn’t mean I have money to burn and no sense on how to use it…
But I do like Aperture. I like Ferraris too.

Comment from Mike
Time: 14 August, 2006, 8:59 am

Your tartan is showing. Btw, I’d like to point out that I did mention at least one FREE option, and another that’s free while in beta. I think maybe the rest of your friends only buy stuff that has fruit on the cover.

ACDSee is good stuff, too. Of course, it started life as a PC program. Can you live with that?

Comment from Mom
Time: 14 August, 2006, 2:23 pm

Leave it to Mike to top them all!

Comment from the travel junkie
Time: 14 August, 2006, 5:17 pm

True, I have Scottish blood in me, but that has not always meant that I won’t splurge sometimes. I have a Powerbook, remember, when I could have stuck with the iBook. But, Mike is right- he did point out a few options that are not Aperture, so he will be excepted from the above generalization. This time.

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