It’s time for another episode of True Confessions. I take photos. Thousands of photos. I use iPhoto. Why? iPhoto is a good place to store and categorize digital photos, but it doesn’t make for a good photo or image viewer, and my work is such that photos and images are often combined on the same project. That means an image viewer works better than iPhoto or Aperture or Lightroom to manage images in client projects.
Among the few Mac image viewers I would recommend is Lyn, which seems to work equally well for web designers, graphic artists, and photographers who prefer not to use iPhoto. Lyn is instantly familiar.
The built-in editor inspector comes with useful tools to apply to your photos or images (exposure adjustment, color temperature, contrast, highlights, shadows, and more– even sepia tone, vignettes, and black and white).
As you’d expect with a Mac app, Lyn can handle all of the popular graphic and photo file formats for Mac, including JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, PPM, even animated GIF.
Editing is fully non-destructive, and Lyn supports OS X’s FullScreen mode. You can also view all the file’s metadata with a metadata inspector. And, Lyn is social with options to share photos and graphics on Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, SmugMug, and 500px.
Lyn is not iPhoto or Aperture and doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a fast, lightweight image and photo browser with just the right blend of tools to make it useful for those of us who don’t want to be bogged down in iPhoto.