After all, iPhoto holds everything– photos and videos– and it’s free. And it works reasonably well enough for the masses of Mac users who just need a place to store photos. But what if you are a better photographer or videographer than the average bear? What then?
Enter, Silently, Sifting
Apple’s Aperture is about to die. Adobe’s Lightroom is a great app for professionals who don’t mind paying the rental price forever.
For the rest of us, here’s how to think different about storing, organizing, and managing photos and videos on your Mac.
It’s called Silent Sifter which brings Mac users a completely different way to think about how media– specifically, photos and videos– should be managed.
Silent Sifter helps you clean up and organize your photos and videos, centralizing from multiple sources (iPhoto, Documents, various cameras and SD cards or anywhere else).
Photos and videos can be organized in ways unheard of in iPhoto. Organize by month, year, camera, resolution file type, or whatever else suits your fancy. Files are easy to rename, move, reorganize, and you can use multiple locations.
Silent Sifter helps to organize by using a single click to pull in photos and videos from disparate sources, with near disregard for file format. It can prevent file duplication and handle files with the same number but in different locations.
You still get to control the file folder structure and whatever file renaming nomenclatures suits you. Files can be stored on and removed from Dropbox and Google Drive, but one click is all you need to get started.
New photo and video files get organized automatically, even from SD card or connected camera. Silent Sifter finds files in iPhoto or Photo Booth, too. And they can be stored on multiple locations connected to your Mac.
Getting to a higher plane of media organization is straightforward, too. Add the Inputs– where media files are located or come from. Add your Outputs– where you want files to be stored. Customize the folder structure to match your needs. Then, simply click Sift to mix it all together.
Silent Sifter is a very popular app among Mac App Store customers, but the developer offers a free download trial, too. If you’re happy with iPhoto and don’t see a need for anything else, this isn’t for you. But if iPhoto doesn’t do what you want and your collection of photos and videos has grown a bit unwieldy, Silent Sifter may be the option that works.