At the outset, let me say that I am totally happy with iPhoto. It is compatible with practically any digital camera, and you simply have to plug and play. It organizes photos and videos without any complications. You can resize and edit photos without requiring expert knowledge.
That does not mean, however, that some people might want iPhoto alternatives. For those people, whatever the reason may be, the good news is that there are many alternatives to iPhoto. Some come with a fee, but there is a handful of feasible iPhoto alternatives that won’t cost you a thing.
Picasa has been in the game for quite some time, and has long been a popular photo management program. Google users know its worth, and it has withstood the test of time – and critics.
One of the best things I like about Picasa – aside from the fact that it is free and is integrated with everything Google – is that you can save your photo library (all of it) wherever you choose to do so. You can do all the basic photo editing tasks on Picasa, and if you need more options, you can do so as well via the “Edit in Creative Kit” option. If you have an Android phone, it actually makes more sense to use Picasa in your laptop as well.
This free program – available via the Mac App Store – is also a feasible alternative to iPhoto. XnConvert is basically a batch image-converter, which is perfect if you always have tons of photos to deal with. With its compatibility with a vast majority of photo formats, you will probably have no issues no matter what device you use to take your photos.
Pixa is still in beta, and that means it’s free for now! The makers of the program claim that Pixa is “the way to better organize your images on a Mac”. If you are a stickler for details and you have the “unignorable” urge to always have easy access to your metadata, then of all the iPhoto alternatives, Pixa is perfect for you. Additionally, Pixa has built-in screengrab tools, which I find very useful.
As mentioned, it is still in the beta stage, so it’s best to go grab the chance to use it now for free!
Have you tried any of these iPhoto alternatives? What do you think about them?
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