If you’re a photographer or wannabe who shoots photos by the thousands you want a photo viewer that is fast and efficient and that’s probably not iPhoto. You could spend more money on Aperture or Adobe’s Lightroom but that might be overkill to simply view photos in a variety of file formats. For that you need this.
Browse And View
Allow me to be efficient today and not devote to much time to a lengthy list of features and benefits for Lyn, the media browser.
There’s a free trial so if you already know the limitations of photo browsing and management in iPhoto and need a full-on media browser, then Lyn is a few minutes away from the tryout option.
What Lyn does is more or less what iPhoto does not.
Not only can you view the standard photo image formats– JPG, TIFF, PNG, TGA, HDR, JPEG 2000 and others– Lyn extends the list to any image viewable in OS X, including a movie player.
Lyn has an editing inspector mode with lets you adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows, even color temperature with ease. Slider bars for each tool also have numeric values.
Lyn’s image browser function has four user configurable presets and automatically opens and views photos in iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom. Browse photos in fullscreen mode. Inspect metadata with a click. Even correct color.
I’m a bit uncomfortable with the non-destructive editing functionality. It’s non-destructive until you save, so make sure to save photos under a different file name.
In a nod to crass commercialism, Lyn has plenty of social media sharing options built in, including Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, Picasa, 500px and Dropbox. Lyn is fast and supports every photo image format I’ve ever used, including Koala, but also supports RAW and DNG formats from popular digital cameras (and from some cameras I’ve never heard of; I need to get out more).