It seems like a decade ago that Apple head Steve Jobs first began touting the “digital hub.” Music, photos, movies, PDAs, cell phones—all connecting seamlessly to your Mac (the hub).
Of course, it hasn’t been that long. It’s just that much has changed for many Mac and PC users in the past few years. The iLife suite began to bring together all the “digital” components we use each day. iTunes was a big hit. Then the iPod came on the scene.
The first big wave to sweep Mac and PC users was music; iTunes, iPod, iTunes Music Store. Picking up steam and use among many Mac computer users is iPhoto.
iPhoto wasn’t the first to the scene. Or the last. In fact, the first few iterations were painfully slow, even by Mac standards. The latest version (2.x jumped straight to 4.x) will hold thousands of digital photos and let you view them with surprising speed.
What do you use to store your digital photos? Do you scan first, then store? Have you gone all digital; digital camera shots, then store on the Mac?
If you’re not using iPhoto, what’s your favorite storage and viewing application? I’ve tried most of them. Some are good, some are thoughtful, some are, well…
For example, I like the new Photoshop Elements. It’s not exactly Photoshop, but it does much more for editing photos, for creating galleries, for printing.
The same can be said for Econ Technologies Portraits and Prints. There’s much to love about both applications. Plus, they complement iPhoto, enhance iPhoto, and make the whole “digital hub” experience better.
What’s your poison? iPhoto? Kodak’s version? Elements? Something else?
This week’s Mac user poll focuses on iPhoto. Two questions: Do you use iPhoto to store your digital images? How many images in your iPhoto collection. You get to supply the answers (anonymously, of course). To check out the questions, and click in your response, Click Here.
To see the results on votes by other readers, just Click Here.
As usual, there’s no cost, obligation, or special consideration. You may select more than one answer, but vote only once per day. As to answers for the other questions above, share your thoughts and experiences with other readers. Click the Comments link below (still anonymous).