How many ways can you manage photos on your Mac? The Mac’s free Photos app is good. But Photos is not Photoshop and Lightroom. If you’re something of a photographer and Photos is too anemic and you can’t afford Adobe’s apps, what can you do?
Check out this cleverly designed app that stores and organizes photos that you don’t want to keep in the Mac’s Photos app. Pixave handles more file formats, makes it easier to organize and categorize both photos and images (good for graphic designers and artists). Think of Pixave as a photo, image, and file workspace and file manager.
Store. Show. Tell.
Disclaimer: Pixave is not Photoshop or Lightroom and does not come with the pay-by-the-month-forever price tag. Pixave is a photo and image workspace and organizer. If the Mac’s Photos app– even with the option to create multiple photo libraries– doesn’t do the job, Pixave is worth a try-before-you-buy.
What you get is a user interface that is easy to navigate, easy to display photos and images, and vastly superior to the Mac’s Photos app when it comes to file formats, automation, organizing tabs, and comes with a built-in web image capture option (an extension for browsers).
Photos and images can be stored in collections, easily accessible by organization, or through the entire library. Collections are folders which store additional folders organized however you require. Personal photos here, graphics and images there, client files elsewhere. This is a friendly user interface and combined with features you don’t get in Photos, makes it useful.
- File fortmats – JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF (included Animated GIF), PNG, TIFF, ICNS, BMP, ICO, PSD, AI, EPS (included PDF info only), SVG, TGA, RAW image, and more.
- Organize images by using Collections and Smart Collection, Folder
- Auto detect and organize animated GIFs, phone, tablet, Icon, Wallpaper images.
- Capture all the screen, window, selected area, full web page with customizable hot keys
- Browse photos and images by colors and tags
- Manage photos and images in multiple libraries
Pixave captures images and photos from webpages, imports files in almost any popular format, and exports photos with option to scale, rename, and even apply a built-in watermark. It can import files from Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, Pixelmator, Ketch, Acorn, and others.
In one sense, Pixave is more than a photo and image organizer because it can store and manage fonts, movies, object files, as well as files for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and many others.
Yes, there’s even version control.
Photos, images, and files can be tagged with specific keywords which makes it easier to search through thousands of files. Pixave comes with built-in movie controls to adjust playback speed of videos, save a scene as an image, and even split a video and save just audio or just video.
Perhaps the most useful navigation feature is Pixave Mini. It’s a smaller version of the Pixave navigation menu which floats on the Mac’s screen and accepts drag and drop files. That works great with the Capture function in the Mac’s Menubar (works much like the Grab app, but easier to use).
Finally, as you would expect after sorting through the long list of features, Pixave has an iOS version for iPads, and uses iCloud to sync Pixave files between devices. There is much to like here and while the Mac has a try-before-you-buy option, try that one first as the iPad does not.