How many photos are in Photos on your Mac? If you’re at all like most iPhone toting Mac using photographers, your Photos app might have tens of thousands of digital photos. Mine is sporting nearly 30,000, though I’m sure a few thousand are duplicates.
Mac photographers can be divided into two groups. Those that use Photos to store all their photos. And those that use something else, like Adobe’s Lightroom, or simply segregate family photos and videos to Photos, and use a photo viewer for everything else.
The Phiewer Viewer
Photographers prefer a standalone photo viewer because most are lightweight, fast, and often handle more file formats than Photos, and is perfect for those of us who prefer to organize photos in anything but Photos, including a folder-based system.
That’s what Phiewer does. Take a look.
What you get in the viewer are thumbnails which are easily organized, easy to view with a click, and there’s even an option to play a slideshow of selected photos. If you’ve ever felt the sluggishness that sometimes shows up in Photos’ library, then you’ll appreciate the very fast interface in Phiewer.
The control panel sidebar gives you shorts to browse through folders of photos, rotate, play and pause videos, even toggle to fullscreen mode to view a photo’s details.
Need data? Phiewer displays standard EXIF data for each photo with a nothing more than a click.
Phiewer handles all the basic photo file formats, including a few I’ve never seen or used.
- Standard: png, jpg, bmp, gif, tiff and camera
- RAW: crw, cr2, dng, eip, erf, nef, nrw, obm, orf, pef, raw
Wait. There’s more. Phiewer isn’t just photos. Like the Mac’s Photos app, Phiewer also handles video but also audio files.
- Video: mp4, m4v, m4u, m4a, mkv, mov
- Audio: opus, weba, webm, ogg, ogm, oga, wav, mp3, flac, m4v, acc
You won’t find options too many options to tweak color or add saturation or sharpen photos because Phiewer isn’t Photoshop, but you will see filters and effects that can be included, as well as options to create slide shows with effects, audio, and more.
Not bad for free.
Phiewer PRO has a price tag (less than $5) and comes with more options for images, effect presets, more image manipulation tools and controls. Everything shows up in a single window without any floating palettes all over the screen (that is so 1999). Try the free version first, and if it fits your photo needs, great. If you need more features, they’re available at the price of skipping lunch at McDonald’s.