How many ways can you view photos on your Mac? The traditional way is through Photos, or, if you’re stuck back on older generations of OS X, iPhoto (or, for more advanced photographers, Adobe Lightroom which is feature packed and priced monthly forever; or, there are some still using Apple’s lame duck Aperture).
You can’t beat free but Photos has shortcomings if you’re a Mac user with many tens of thousands of photos to sort through and manage, and hundreds more coming in each week. That’s why some of us with the prosumer photo bug turn to apps like Lyn, a lightweight but fast and powerful photo and image browser which helps us to sort through incoming photos to save only those worthy of saving in Photos or Lightroom.
This looks familiar, right?
Lyn manages photos and images but does so differently than Photos which merely lumps everything into the same Library folder. Lyn has a sidebar with controls over folders of photos and images, yet all the basics are there, including geotagging, non-destructive editing, an editing inspector, and granular photo controls.
Lyn’s editing features go beyond Photos and iPhoto but not quite to Aperture or Lightroom levels; especially with editing and enhancements. The inspector gives you all the metadata information you need, but editing handles basics– histogram, exposure, sepia, and a few others, including color correction.
Lyn is fast, too, and takes advantage of multi-core CPUs with multi-threading. It even handles HDR TIFFs, parses metadata, and displays a fullscreen slide show with a music option.
Lynn can browse through Aperture, Lightroom, and Photos photo libraries, and the four pre-defined photo viewpoints give you different ways to view a collection of photos. Yes, Lyn also has QuickTime Movie Player access for those videos that manage to get captured, too.
Finally, Lyn plays nice-nice with social networks from Facebook to Flickr, Dropbox to SmugMug, and Picasa to 500px, so if you’re more serious about photos, photo management, and photography and find iPhoto cumbersome, this is one browser worth trying out.