OSX alternative to Breezebrowser?

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tdhg566 Senior Member • Posts: 1,439
OSX alternative to Breezebrowser?

My new laptop is an MBA (largest of the new models), and so far I haven't found any software to replace what Breezebrowser did for me on Windows. There is no recent (within last year) posting on this forum regarding Breezebrowser. Maybe something has surfaced in the last year? I would rather not run a virtual Windows if I can avoid it.

On OSX, what do other people use for fast browsing of raw and jpg files, visual file management and metadata manipulation in images? Photo Mechanic? (seems expensive for just that)

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Thanks in advance.

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Re: OSX alternative to Breezebrowser?

tdhg566 wrote:

My new laptop is an MBA (largest of the new models), and so far I haven't found any software to replace what Breezebrowser did for me on Windows. There is no recent (within last year) posting on this forum regarding Breezebrowser. Maybe something has surfaced in the last year? I would rather not run a virtual Windows if I can avoid it.

On OSX, what do other people use for fast browsing of raw and jpg files, visual file management and metadata manipulation in images? Photo Mechanic? (seems expensive for just that)

?

Thanks in advance.

I don't because I use Sigma cameras but iPhoto, which comes with all Macs, should do that just fine.

http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/

Alpha Doug Veteran Member • Posts: 9,219
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There are many options.  Built in is iPhoto, but it does way more than just "browse" your images, and it works somewhat differently than a simple browser.  For more professional usage, there is the Apple program "Aperture" for $79 in the App store.  However, for just simple browsing OS X has a built in program called "Preview" which allows you to browse through a folder of images quickly.  Also, if you open up a folder with images in it, click on the first image, then hit the space bar, you get "QuickView" which also allows you to just browse through images by hitting the right or left arrow keys.  Google offers it's free Picasa software which also catalogues and allows browsing.  There are a ton of freeware or shareware light weight browsers.  Some like either "Xee" or "Lyn".  Go to the MacUpdate site and do a search on Image Browser.  You will find tons.

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Pikme Senior Member • Posts: 2,025
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I've used PhotoMechanic since its inception and can highly recommend it.  It has a ton of functionality, but try the 20 day free trial to see what you think.  It does seem expensive, but over the past 10 years, I think I've only had to pay upgrade fees a couple of times and they were discounted.  Support is incredible, too.

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tdhg566 wrote:

On OSX, what do other people use for fast browsing of raw and jpg files, visual file management and metadata manipulation in images? Photo Mechanic? (seems expensive for just that

If the purpose is to save tons of time, Photo Mechanic is probably it. I don't even use it, but what I understand of Photo Mechanic it should be able to pay for itself quickly based on what your time is worth, especially if you're a photo business and not just a hobbyist.

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With respect, your question is not uncommon for Windows users moving to a Mac; they ask for the application-to-replace-the-application. I would suggest that a better solution would be for you outline what you want to do and how best to do it on a Mac.

As noted, OSX will do a lot of the things you want, all by itself, for example, display RAW images. Beyond that, iPhoto, Preview, Aperture, and Lightrooms may be much better ways to proceed, rendering many of the tasks you mentioned unnecessary or irrelevant.

One reason, perhaps, why there are so few Breezebrowser like applications on the Mac side, you probably don't need them, especially if you use a non-destructive workflow.

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Robgo2 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,697
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Photo Mechanic, without a doubt.  It is a real powerhouse, but you don't have use all of its features.

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Mustafa Senior Member • Posts: 1,307
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All Macs come with an application called Image Capture, which is surprisingly powerful. I now use it as my first option for scanning, for instance.

graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 4,896
Re: OSX alternative to Breezebrowser?

Mustafa wrote:

All Macs come with an application called Image Capture, which is surprisingly powerful. I now use it as my first option for scanning, for instance.

Image Capture is something more Mac users should know about, it can do a lot. But it isn't really useful for the rapid, high-volume image processing, viewing, organization, and metadata entry that Breezebrowser or Photo Mechanic are famous for.

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