What is the best non-Adobe photo processing software for Apple?

Started Jun 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
dlevitt Regular Member • Posts: 448
Re: What is the best non-Adobe photo processing software for Apple?

This forum hosts many discussions about software. [some of the discussions are even useful]

There are two complementary flavors of software.

Image editing software is for editing a picture at the level of individual dots of color [assisted by layers, curves, brushes...]. The gold standard, and priced like it is Adobe's Photoshop. Alternates include Pixelmator, Acorn and the GIMP [and probably many other options] Check the Mac App Store for some of the choices. [I have Pixelmator on my Mac]. Most choices can be used as 'external editors' in iPhoto or Aperture.

The other major category is 'Digital Asset Management' software. This is software that catalogs original image files [rate photos, apply keywords and other metadata, organize into albums and projects], and supports a non-destructive workflow [the original file is not altered] where you can generate [and export] alternate views of a picture [cropped, contrast or colour enhanced, noise filtered...]. Every Mac has iPhoto, which has more capability than most folks know about. Aperture is the pro level companion product. There are other DAM/workflow tools, most notably Adobe's Lightroom, but it probably be useful to start with iPhoto and see if it suits your needs.

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