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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 06:49 PM   #11
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Photoshop Elements is a good beginner program and actually is a good photo editor. It also comes with an organizer program.

I agree that GraphicConverter is an excellent program and it provides a variety of functions from browsing your pictures to editing and more. Try it out as it covers what you are wanting to do. The browser can also be setup if you ever want to work with a different editor, such as Affinity Photo which is what I do. Another photo editor I have used is one called Acorn.

As mentioned with your setup you won't necessarily be able to run the latest versions of software, just try and find a version of the software you want. The download page for GraphicConverter has older versions where you should be able to find a version that can run on your computer.

If you ever get a newer machine Apple Photos has improved, in particular it now allows third party extensions which can make it more powerful.
Do I get you right that you would consider GraphicConverter a good database for your pictures, teamed together with Affinity Photo as a more advanced editor?
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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 09:35 PM   #12
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Graphic Converter is a fantastic program, and it's been around forever on the Mac. That said, it isn't the most user-friendly of graphics apps. Powerful, though.

My go-to app for anything graphic right now is definitely Pixelmator. eMacMan have you tried the most recent version to see if it addresses your criticisms? It's updated very frequently. The new "Smart Refine" feature in v.3.6 seems pretty capable (video at the link).

Pixelmator requires OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) minimum.

And for the price - $29.99 with very frequently sales at half-price it's hard to beat.
That was the version I was trying. FWIW sometimes it's worth spending more to get exactly what works well for you.

BTW I find Preview gives me the quickest and easiest way to sort through photos. Also does nicely for tweaking some photos, if partial selection abilities are not required.
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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 10:14 PM   #13
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Do I get you right that you would consider GraphicConverter a good database for your pictures, teamed together with Affinity Photo as a more advanced editor?
Yes you can use GraphicConverter to browse your files and use the functions and send the image to another program for editing. I wrote an entry on my blog about setting up the preferences to work with an external image editor.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2017, 07:39 PM   #14
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Old Mar 25th, 2017, 11:49 AM   #15
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Much maligned but Photos editing capability is pretty good. Obviously it will run on your existing platform and it's free. From there you really need to upgrade your system.

Then it depends on the complexity of the organising required. If, for instance, you want complex keywording (including embedded) and multiple categorisation then Lightroom would be your friend. Once you have Lightroom, 90%+ of your editing needs will be satisfied. If you then want to do some fancy photo retouching, then Affinity Photo will be your next port of call (very cheap, especially compared to Photoshop).

If your organising needs aren't that great, then I would stick with Photos and use Affinity occasionally for more advanced jobs.

At present I'm using Photos + Lightroom + [Affinity or Photoshop] and it's complicated to have a good workflow.
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Played a bit with Affinity yesterday. I think the learning curve is a bit steep to make a fair evaluation in 10 days, especially when I only have an hour or so a day to get the hang of it. Even PS Elements gives you 30 days.

That said I have been able to do everything I wanted so far. A couple of things are really quirky, especially launch time. Not sure if that's because the app is checking in with the mother ship before launching. If that's the case will it launch more quickly once the app is paid for? When I close an image but not the app, then open another image, it seems to go through the slow launch again.
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Seems there is no easy way to "select similar" in Affinity. A shame as the suggested workarounds seem needlessly complex and time consuming.
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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 07:39 PM   #18
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I knew the 10 day trial period for Affinity was just too short.

Anyways at $70CDN versus $100CDN for PS Elements I will almost certainly go with what I know. If the price was down around $50 I would at least try another fling at a trial. Not sure if they just key to a code or if they key on the MAC address or the IP.
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Old Dec 20th, 2017, 04:37 AM   #19
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Just got macphun Luminar 2018 and installed on my iMac, works well on photos editing, and easy to use.
And many people think it could be an alternative to Adobe Lightroom.
Also available on Mac App Store.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2018, 05:50 PM   #20
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Have been playing around with the GIMP. Big bonus is that it is still free. Also a lot more stable than when I first tried it.

It does have an effective way to select similar.

Overall seems a bit slow or even clunky compared to my old version of PhotoShop Elements. Generally the fastest way to solve a problem is to search the internet for GIMP + whatever the problem is.

Two examples, beveled text which is a simple intuitive process in PS Elements is a 7 step process and if you want to change the text, only the text itself can be edited. The beveling process will have to begin from scratch.

Creating cartoon text bubbles is similarly convoluted. Both can be accomplished but probably only by searching for help.

Still it's filling the gap nicely until I find a replacement for my door-stopped MacPro.

EDIT: Even something as innocent as erasing a part of the top layer to show the layer underneath required a search.
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