-by yours truly.
I am pleased with iPhoto. It imports, edits and organizes with minimum effort. It’s basically self-acting. And no, not in a Microsoft self-acting errors, repairs and pop-up dialogues kind of way. Just fast, smooth, sleek and intelligent.
You know what they say. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Still. I was curious after a quick tour of Cooliris that my boss gave me. Trying to figure the basics out I realized what you really want from a photo organizing/viewing application: Overview. And speed. (bored already?! Short version at the end…)
How does it work?
Cooliris is up for it, no question. But only conditionally. If you’re slave under integrated graphics in the motherboard; forget it (or upgrade, please!) It will chop it’s way through the wall of images and you’ll feel the epileptic attack closing in on you. Cooliris runs in graphic interface. So you either get used to the the fact that everything your cursor touches moves or again: forget it. For me, this takes some getting used to with the new Macbooks ultra sensitive trackpad because the response is immediate and accurate.
In the end I’m not convinced. It only does one thing iPhoto doesn’t. It loads images directly, from web or computer (no import) and does so swiftly. But that’s just not enough. So I try the iPhone version… Disaster. It will only hook up to a flickr or picasa account. It’s so slow I can make a cuppa tea in between and shrug off the PC vibes I get from the loading icon. The only cool thing is that the photo wall is tilt sensitive. Like everything else on iPhone.
And here’s the short version (of the Mac app, don’t bother with the iPhone)
+ quite stylish, fast (conditionally), good overview, free, both Mac and PC compatible
- interface can get messy and needs getting used to. (And if you already have an app you’re happy with, why?)