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Image browsing and management via Graphic Converter Apps
I found an excellent tip describing how one can use (the free with recent Macs) GraphicConverter program as very good thumbnail image explorer. I've been using PhotoExplorer, from Ulead, both on the PC and the Mac, and while it has all the features I want from such a program, including resizable thumbnails, a variety of sort options, and easy slide show setup, it also suffers from a few problems, mainly in the area of performance. Still, I used it every time I had new images to deal with.

For what it's worth, the Photoshop image browser is useful to me when I know roughly what folder an image is in. For browsing and exploring larger sets of images, PhotoExplorer or GraphicConverter work much better.

GraphicConverter provides a fast, intuitive, explorer-like interface (using the fairly new OS X file browsing interface) that displays folders, thumbnails within a selected folder and finally, the selected image.

While it's a great tool for browsing around your images, sorting and viewing them and so on, it doesn't serve well as a tool for managing and keeping track of a large number of images. I've spent some time looking at Extensis Portfolio and iView Media Pro, both highly regarded image management programs. My initial conclusion is that Media Pro has a much easier to use interface than Portfolio, has better data exporting capabilities, and simply put, is a joy to work with!
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Image browsing and management via Graphic Converter
Authored by: Greedo on Jan 16, '04 11:52:52AM

GraphicConverter is ... where? I don't see it anywhere in Panther.

QPict (30 day trial, $35 license) is what I'm using for image browsing and management.



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Image browsing and management via Graphic Converter
Authored by: glowrocks on Jan 17, '04 02:23:01AM

I wrote this up a short while ago and after that reinstalled 10.3 as a clean install. Whoops, where did my graphicconverter go? I had to copy if off of my original 10.2 disk.



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Image browsing and management via Graphic Converter
Authored by: gdsimms on Jan 17, '04 02:40:38PM

I had to do the same (I found them in the ".images" directory on my PowerBook G4 install disc, which won't show in the finder). I got all of the bundled apps to work again except for SnapzPro X. I think it leaves a hidden file in a non-obvious place when you install the share/trial version. After my clean Panther install I tried the shareware version of SnapzPro X before I discovered the bundle apps on my old install disc, and now my bundle-licensed version is hosed.



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Graphic Converter Free only on 'Pro' Machines
Authored by: tetsuotheironman on Jan 16, '04 12:20:16PM

FYI i'm pretty sure that GraphicConverter is only free on Apple's 'Pro' machines IE the PB G4 and Powermac G5

not the iMac, eMac or iBook



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Graphic Converter Free only on 'Pro' Machines
Authored by: fds on Jan 16, '04 07:25:26PM

Also note that you cannot install ANY upgrade on the GraphicConverter included with your PowerBook. You either pay or you're stuck with that specific version which came bundled with your machine. You're not entitled to even the tiniest 0.01 version change. There's some discount for bundled copy owners, but that's it.

I could install the updates for all the Omni apps which came bundled as long as it was the for the same major version number.



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Graphic Converter Free only on 'Pro' Machines
Authored by: glowrocks on Jan 17, '04 02:34:38AM

You can upgrade for 11 bucks, if you got your copy of GC bundled w/your mac. Goto the GC homepage, and click on the "upgrade oem" link and go from there. The trick is you have send them a copy of your invoice to get this price.



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Graphic Converter Free only on 'Pro' Machines
Authored by: Quantum Panda on Jan 18, '04 02:26:17PM

Besides, Graphic Converter is such an overall useful program for anyone who's doing anything with images or photos that it's more than worth paying full price for. This is a commercial-quality program with a shareware price, and it's being updated constantly. And if you buy a full license now, you won't have to pay for another upgrade for the next ten years.

[I have no connection to Lemkesoft or Graphic Converter except being a very satisfied customer.]



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Graphic Converter Free only on 'Pro' Machines
Authored by: glowrocks on Jan 17, '04 02:25:13AM

You're probably right. I got it with my PB which was running 10.2 at the time (late september. yes, recent convert w/20+ years unix experience and I love my mac!)



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Image Browsing vs Image Cataloging
Authored by: petey on Jan 16, '04 05:24:05PM

QPict is a cataloger, not a browser, much like iView or iPhoto.

I prefer an image browser for most purposes, and I use PhotoGridX, although I will check out GraphicConverter's functions.



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Image browsing and management via Graphic Converter
Authored by: ferna on Jan 22, '04 05:20:19PM
i have tried different image browsers, and found that the one that clearly stands out in terms of speed(yes-yes!!), ease of use, control of HTML album generation, lack of bugs, etc. is FotoStation 4.5. I received it for free with my Nikon CoolPix, and it runs on both Mac and Windows. it can be downloaded and bought from www.fotoware.com UNFORTUNATELY it currently only runs in Classic, but it's so good I keep using despite this. An OSX version is announced for May on their web page.

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