It’s entirely possible that an old Mac dawg can learn a few tricks. What I’ve learned about Mac apps is that a little patience is necessary to find the true value of a new app. We know what we know, and often what’s new is different, and therefore, doesn’t fit what we know so we avoid using what’s new.
Let me offer photo and image management apps as a perfect example. I’ve tried everything from Adobe Bridge to an intricate nested folder method to manage tens of thousands of photos and images. Yes, most do the job, but there’s no love lost when something goes wrong.
On the other side of the fence is Ingestamatic, a Mac app published by Marc Rochkind which is designed to manage multitudes of photos in ways iPhoto and Aperture and Lightroom simply cannot. If iPhoto is OK for you, read no further. I thought I’d used all the good ones until I tried Ingestamatic.
If this looks good to you then you’re on the right track.
Ingestamatic ingests, or copies photos from your camera or Mac or wherever, and stores them, including metadata, but with the option to add even more. This is a photographer’s photo manager.
Onscreen options are a click away to select photos by date, extension, and more, and each photo’s image metadata is easily visible.
Even better is the option to data as images are ingested to your Mac. Zoom into thumbnails, or track where your photos were taken using image geotagging.
Ingestamatic is the faster, more efficient, smaller learning curve descendant of Marc’s ImageIngester app brought into the world of the cloud. Yes, Ingestamatic even ingests photos from your iCloud PhotoStream.
Just remember that this is not iPhoto. It’s not a simplistic photo management app. It does not do albums and slideshows and calendars and photo sharing. It’s a photo management tool for those of us who have outgrown iPhoto, need faster access to photos, and where metadata is important. That means there’s a bit of a learning curve, but well worth the effort.