Mac users have many ways to manipulate, enhance, or edit photos, but fewer choices to manage and share a large number of photos. At the low end there’s iPhoto. Freely available for every Mac with some enhancement tools and photos can be uploaded and shared easily. At the higher end there’s Apple’s moribund Aperture, and Adobe’s highly touted Lightroom. In-between are a number of utilities which act as viewer, or batch processor, or photo editor, but none of them are quite like My Photos Over Time.
Let me call it MPOT to save everyone some reading time and to save me some typing effort. MPOT is a photo organizer with a number of useful functions bolted on. It generates photo collections from a folder of photos, so you’re kinda sorta in control of how your photos are organized.
MPOT can search through many subfolders and display photo thumbnails in JPG, PNG, GIF, but, oddly, not RAW or PSD. Photos can be arranged and displayed by date, all neatly formatted with thumbnails and timestamp. Click to create a photo gallery to upload to the web.
While MPOT’s user interface isn’t scary, it’s also a bit convoluted. The basic toolbar at the top is easy enough to figure out because the icons are labeled, but the viewing process requires many clicks and windows to manage.
MPOT would appear to be useful for Mac using photographers with many photo projects that need to be shared with clients online. An FTP upload capability is built-in, and MPOT documents are saved in the egg page document format which is also used by the HTML Egg Pro app for iPhone and iPad, which is used to create websites (also published by the MPOT app developer).
In all fairness, it seems like a very convoluted way to organize photos, and then create a gallery of photos to share online. iPhoto does much the same kind of gallery publication for free, and even uploads photos to Flickr with a click.