And iPhoto can export slideshows as movies, web pages, books or albums. That’s all well and good, but iPhoto has some inexpensive competition when it comes to managing and displaying photos and movies.
Images And Movies, Managed, Viewed
iPhoto might be the reason why there are so few Mac media management and presentation apps. Those that extend beyond what iPhoto does usually have a price tag that surprises potential buyers.
SimpleImage is a slightly inappropriately named Mac app which manages photos and movies and creates slideshows.
As the name implies, SimpleImage is rather simple to use. But it does more than images, and incorporates video clips, image enhancement tools, and handles video files that iPhoto cannot.
SimpleImage tools look like a combination of QuickTime Player and iPhoto, both familiar apps to Mac users. Select an image or photo and you have access to tools for each.
Select a number of images from a folder or slideshow and see thumbnails of each, then sort as needed.
Each image has multiple enhancement adjustments and effects.
These include standards for Mac image apps– hue and saturation, brightness and contrast, exposure, sharpen, and many others (with custom presets, too).
Each image in your collection can be scaled and compressed (try that, iPhoto).
There’s even an option to create a browser with thumbnails of all photos or movies stored in a folder or a disk.
Of course, SimpleImage prints photos, too. What SimpleImage won’t do is what iPhoto does well– create books, cards, or calendars, or share via email or Twitter or Facebook or Flickr. And you can’t buy prints of images in SimpleImage, either.
What it does best is give you similar and familiar media tools, and the option of managing photos and movies in your own folder hierarchy (try that in iPhoto).