iPhoto puts photos into albums and events, and even tweaks photos with a few enhancement tools. iPhoto tries to be everything to everyone and is fattened with features. What’s missing is speed, simplicity, and direct photo organization. Here’s an app that could replace iPhoto on your Mac.
Unbound may be the fastest, most elegant photo manager I’ve ever used. Unlike iPhoto, it’s not loaded with stacks of features that seldom get used.
If you’re after direct control over where your photos are organized and in what folders, Unbound gives you that control.
As it is with iPhoto, Unbound can group photos into albums, but it doesn’t use a giant, unwieldy, monolithic library with every photo mushed into one place.
Instead, Unbound lets you create your own folder hierarchy so photos are not duplicated, yet they’re organized and easy to find.
That means you can copy, delete, move, and edit photos in the Finder or Pixelmator or whatever, and Unbound knows where the file is.
Unbound is easy to navigate but doesn’t have the complexity of the Sidebar options in iPhoto.
If you use Dropbox, you can sync photos in Ubound with Dropbox for another Mac, or iPhone or iPad. Make a change on one and the edited photo is updated on the other devices.
Don’t think of Unbound as bare bones, though. You still get detailed photo metadata and geotagging information. All in all, it’s fast, simple, affordable, with just the right blend of speed and options that make it a pleasure to use.