Here’s the perfect example. It’s a Mac app called iLove Preview, and it has nothing to do with the Preview app that’s already installed on your Mac. It’s an image or photo viewer which lets you scan and view a folder of photos on your Mac. And more.
iLove, Therefore, iAm
The name iLove Preview must have something to do with previewing photos or images in a folder. The love enters the equation when you realize that a few dollars gets you a simple and elegant slideshow app that works exceedingly well.
iLove Preview works simply enough. Put images or photos into a folder. Open one of them in iLove Preview and the show begins. Use the Forward and Back buttons on the toolbar to navigate, well, forward and backwards.
The fullscreen slideshow view is a plus and includes a number of transition effects. Set the play interval for how many seconds you want a photo to be visible, select the transition effect, and you’re done. Almost.
Pretty much whatever image and photo format the Mac can handle will be usable within iLove Preview, including TIFF, PNG, JPEG, GIF, and BMP. It also handles drag and drop, so simply grab a bunch of images or photos and drop them onto iLove Preview to view or play as a slideshow.
If you’re expecting it to do more, don’t. It’s simple and elegant and has no real learning curve to use. One feature that would be nice is an option to save the slideshow as a movie, but that’s a nit because iMovie– free on your Mac, though decidedly more complex– already does that.