Just between us photographers, I loved using iPhoto on my Mac, and I don’t really have a bone to pick with Apple’s new Photos app. It’s free. It works. The macOS High Sierra version even has more enhancement tools.
Photos is also good place to store and manage tens of thousands of photos in a library, divide up by events, and albums. The photo tweaking tools are nominal but acceptable. What’s missing in Photos is a way to view and sort photos, archive photos, customize galleries, rename photos, or add a watermark to protect your photos. For that, there is an easier way and it comes with a crazy name. piQtility.
What’s In A Name
Through the all-too-many-years of my digital photography life I’ve tried multiple photo management and enhancement apps, and collected at least my fair share and probably a few more apps that didn’t work out. Photos is decent, but it isn’t enough, and if you don’t want to spring for the price of Lightroom and Photoshop– and pay Adobe by the month forever– there are less expensive but capable options.
piQtility. Yes, that’s the name. piQtility is a cleverly designed Mac photo utility which gives you more options to rename photos, create custom HTML photo galleries for the web, organize photos, and do a few other tricks that just can’t be done in Photos.
Instead of replacing Photos, piQtility actually works in concert with the Mac’s free photo management app but gives you some functions Apple does not. For example, piQtility creates customized HTML photo galleries from a folder of photos using predefined templates you can modify.
Files can be organized and browsed and sorted by metadata and managed in folders on your Mac. Photos can also be saved elsewhere on your Mac or uploaded to iPhoto in batch mode (including keywords, title, comment, stars, and a name change).
piQtility excels at photo renaming, by selection, by folder, or by subfolder. The editing tools are nominal, though, and don’t really compete with Photos’ tweaking capabilities. You can crop and scale photos based on different criteria, though (try that in iPhoto or Photos), as well as convert photos, change color, apply a border, rotate photos, and add a watermark.
One function that is very useful to those of us who take photos by the hundreds during a session, vacation, family gathering, or trip, is the option to archive files– individually as .ZIP files, or archive multiple files from a selection of photos from within piQtility.
piQtility isn’t a photo management utility for the professional and does not have a price tag to match Lightroom, Photoshop or others, but if you need more than Photos and don’t want to pay Adobe by the month forever, the app is a good way to take more control of your photos, get more functionality, and pay less.