Friday, May 27, 2011
After more than a dozen years as a PC user, I have finally made the switch to a Mac. I wanted to do it for a while, but had a hard time justifying the cost. So now that I am here, I need help to determine which photo managing software to use. I have many, many photos to keep organized and have previously used Picasa to sort and organize my photos. I had planned on moving into iPhoto until I realized that it would be making multiple copies of the photos I just transferred from my PC and organizing them into a somewhat convoluted folder file structure. I most definitely want to maintain my own folder hierarchy but don't know the best way to do it. (I've also read more than a few comments from frustrated iPhoto 11 users.)
My friend pointed me towards a free 30 day trial of Aperture which seems to be somewhat better organized in terms of file duplication, and that you can import "projects" keeping your own folder structure in place. But it's Facebook integration confuses me, showing me my Facebook photos in my library - won't that cause additional duplication? I do miss having full featured photo editing software...
I also downloaded Picasa for Mac, which would probably be the easiest way for me to continue to maintain my photo library, but then it seems as though I wouldn't be taking advantage all of what the Mac has to offer.
From what I've gathered, Mac users seem to happily turn over a certain amount of "control" of their files to the Mac software. Having lived through years of PC software hell, spending countless hours reformatting computers, installing and reinstalling corrupted software, I can't help but be a little hesitant to trust the Apple software. But isn't that what I paid for?
I'm confused. Please hold my hand and tell me it's all going to be ok. I know for certain that I want to maintain the names of my folders - I do not want to have everything changed to the date the pictures were taken.
Have you made this switch? Tested out these different photo management applications?