For those who care about photo management there are other options including Adobe’s Lightroom, and a plethora of photo management utilities and photo browsers. Why a Mac user would venture beyond Photos or Lightroom is something of a mystery to me, but here I am with a free Mac photo management app that I like.
Pixy Is, As Pixy Does
Pixy has been running on my Mac for about two weeks. All Pixy does is manage photos by letting you organize and browse photos according to your personal requirements.
Despite the free price tag, Pixy looks professional, thanks to the dark charcoal theme. Tools and options look best in OS X Yosemite, and the lefthand navigation sidebar makes it easy to find, open, and preview folders of photos (organized however you prefer).
Pixy’s user interface is simple and straightforward, so navigating folders is not a chore, and selecting specific photos for viewing or organizing is little more than a click (with a nice visible checkmark in the upper left corner of each photo).
What Pixy does different than iPhoto or Photos is give you more control over where photos are stored, and a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to make selecting, navigating, moving, opening, displaying, deleting, and viewing photos a power user experience. All from the keyboard.
The Pixy PhotoManager has built-in filters that let you find and display a few photos among many tens of thousands with just a few clicks. Filter according to file size, rating, dimensions, time, and more. Photos can be copied, moved, and sorted in batches. The Recycle Bin gives an added level of security when you elect to delete photos.
Despite the professional level organizing and viewing options, Pixy is a good Mac social citizen with options to share photos via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Messages, Mail, even AirDrop.
I tried Pixy because I try new apps from time to time, and it was free, but it will stay on my Mac because, 1) it’s free, and, 2) it’s really simple to use, and, 3) I hope it will have a slide show option in the future.