The Mincey family Mac collection is also home to the Mincey family’s largest collection of photos, mostly stuffed into iPhoto, some into Lightroom, and, depending upon the family member, plugged into elsewhere.
The elsewhere in this case is one of my favorite photo management utilities. It’s called James. JamesJr, a Mac image viewer with more than mere image viewing options. It lets you manage a large number of files, preview photos, then sort, edit and convert photos. Or, simply rename a bunch of photos at the same time.
Think of all those things you can’t do so well in iPhoto and JamesJr becomes a perfect complement to Apple’s popular but aging photo app. The app comes with three basic modules. One for sorting, one for editing photos, and one for exporting and HTML webpage gallery.
There is so much capability built into JamesJr that I’m pleasantly surprised at the price. Photos can be sorted, stored in folders, moved and managed far better than iPhoto, and can be managed in batch mode for fast sorting using a variety of criteria from pixel width or height, color profile, file name or extension, EXIF user comment, or Finder tags.
JamesJr even plays well with iPhoto and lets you upload photos with keywords, title, comment, and rating without having to do them one at a time in Apple’s relic app. The editing mode lets you rename like a renaming app, striping or adding parts to file names, including numbers. Editing isn’t Pixelmtor, though– it’s the basic scaling, cropping, framing, and file type conversion.
The export to HTML mode creates attractive galleries in seconds for hundreds of photos at a time, and uses a number of predefined, built-in templates which are customizable. That makes JamesJr a good addition to anyone who has grown tired of iPhoto but doesn’t want to shell out money for Aperture (deprecated) or Adobe’s Lightroom. There’s also a JamesJrBasic version with a few less features for a few dollars less.