Carol also manages graphics and photos for her digital books, and I do a little wedding photography (we love you Nikon), and we wanted a better way to browse and view images and photos without spending money on Apple’s Aperture or Adobe’s Lightroom. Enter Lyn.
Your Friend Lyn Is Cheap
Simply put, Lyn is a very Mac-like image and photo browser and viewer which is aimed away from the typical iPhoto user and more for web designers, graphic artists, and photographers.
Lyn gives a first impression as being similar to iPhoto. It has multiple views with presets you can configure.
It’s smart enough to look into the photo libraries in iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom, and scrolling and sifting through photos is very fast.
It has a few built-in image enhancement tools, including color correction, and there’s an option to geotag photos on a Map with drag and drop locations.
Like iPhoto, Lyn loves to share but is far more of a social animal than iPhoto.
Photos and images can be shared from Lyn to Flickr, SmugMug, 500px, Picasa, Facebook, and even Dropbox.
Lyn can go fullscreen in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, or, similar to iPhoto, run a slideshow of selected photos and include music.
Photos can be edited and enhanced, and, again, like iPhoto, all editing is non-destructive.
Lyn handles any image format supported by your Mac, including the standard .jpg, JPEG 2000, .png, .tga, RAW, HDR, animated GIFs, OpenEXR, PPM, and others.
Click on any image in Lyn and view the details in the right sidebar Inspector which contains far more information than you’ll find in iPhoto.
Lyn’s left sidebar features connected devices, connected volumes, Libraries (aforementioned iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom, as well as your own), and Places, which you can organize.
If you’re frustrated by iPhoto’s limitations and want to keep your photo and image projects separate– and don’t want the added expense of Aperture or Lightroom– look at Lyn. It’s almost as if Apple created the app for the betwixt and between photographers and graphic designers.