As the official Mincey Plantation Mac Administrator, I can tell you with great certainty that we members of the Georgia Mincey Clan™ have far too many digital photos. Many tens of tens of thousands of photos from many digital cameras are scattered hither and yon between our respective Macs. More recently, most have found their way to iCloud for easy access by Mincey folk.
What we started doing a few years ago helps the mass of photos we collect to be a bit more organized. We segregated the family and touristy photos from those that are more the result of some serious photography sessions. There was a time when iPhoto and then Photos app was fine, then we went to multiple Photos libraries, now we’re using a professional level photo and image browser to segregate the better photos from the family riffraff.
Ye Shall Browse
The app we’ve been using a few years is called Lyn and the idea behind Lyn is rather straightforward and fits into the needs of those of us with many tens of thousands of photos where the Photos app can be cumbersome– focus and speed. Lyn is an elegant image browser that’s very fast and lets you view nearly every popular image file format (JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, PPM, animated GIF and any other image file format supported by macOS Sierra.
Does this look familiar?
Of course it does. It’s a photo browser and if you’ve used Photos or iPhoto or Adobe’s Lightroom, then you know how to use the basics in Lyn. The benefits are obvious. The user interface is completely self explanatory. A simple toolbar across the top also supports social media sharing options. Photo or image libraries reside in the left sidebar so organizing and viewing photos is as natural as the Finder.
Lyn’s claim to fame is speed and a sprinkling of professional level tools, including the ability to work on Macs with multiple displays and multi-core CPUs.
At the consumer friendly end of the spectrum you can use Lyn to view a photo slideshow fullscreen, even with music, or convert and rename photos in batch mode, manage photo metadata, and much more. The editing inspector features filters and effects, and there’s even an option to geotag photos and edit locations.
Lyn even comes with a color histogram and tools to adjust colors on any image, plus an amazing amount of detail from EXIT and metadata from each photo file.
Not every Mac user with thousands of photos will need what Lyn does. iPhoto or Photos will work just fine. But if speed, specific photo organization options, and extras are the requirement, Lyn works great. It’s amazingly fast, even with many tens of thousands of photos– it also pulls photos from iPhoto, Photos, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom.
Lyn is not Photoshop or Lightroom and not priced like either one, of course, but you have options that go beyond browsing, including some tweaks up to and including color correction.
The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, contrast or reveal image details with highlight and shadow. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone or add a vignette border.
If managing photos is important, Lyn is highly recommended for Mac users who need a little more speed and additional features not found in Photos, and especially useful if you need to segregate your family photos from your high quality photographs. And, it’s try-before-you buy.