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March 17, 2011 11:33 AM Subscribe
iPhoto replacement for Windows 7...NOT PICASA!
posted by sexyrobot to computers & internet (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
switching from a mac (iPhoto 6) to a pc and having the damnedest time finding a good photo archiving app. Tried out Picasa, then immediately uninstalled it. Hate it. Here's why:
1) I just want a place to put photos, I don't need a sidebar full of categories of other kinds of media files. that's what my hard drive is for.
2) autoscanning. i don't need a photo archiver to scan my hard drive and pollute my photo database with folders full of pix that came with the computer...i want to see the shots i took with my camera, not instructional images for how to use 'web to fax', or stock desktop wallpapers
3)'People' ...i don't want or need auto-recognising anything.
4)'synching', 'upload to web', 'online storage', 'connectivity' anything.
Here's what I want:
1) the eqivalent of a giant hole in the ground i can throw all my photos into, divided into 'rolls' or 'albums' or whatever that I control, that I can choose where things go, and that I can rename or reorganize as I choose...and without simultaneous multiple organization schemes...I don't need 'rolls' AND 'albums'
2) the ability to move and delete pix
and that's IT.
other than possible bonus features:
2) ability to change background color to dark, neutral grey (seriously, Picasa? White? Srsly?)
3) made by a company that isn't some fly-by-night that's going to go belly-up and strand me with their file system and i have to do this all over again.
maybe it'll help to explain my workflow. an example:
1) i went to the beach and took a bunch of pix, while coming home i stopped and took some pix of some pretty flowers.
2) i come home and hook the camera to the computer and import the pix into iPhoto
3) they pop up at the top under the heading 'roll #xxx'
4) i select the pix of the flowers and move them to the 'pretty flowers' roll (already there, created by ME)
5) i rename 'roll #xxx' to 'beach pix'
6) the roll stays at the top...reverse chonological order, not alphabetical.
as such, it basically acts as contact sheets, and i can then choose which shots i want to work on in photoshop or whatever, and then (and only then) choose to publish.
does software this simple even exist anymore? or is everyone now Insisting on becoming 'your one-stop all-media browser-player-editor web-publishing-empire integration-solution-suite'?