Call me a stubborn old traditionalist, but I use Graphic Converter to manage and edit my photographs and I still love it after years of use.
You’re quite right to point out that it lacks the editing oomph of Photoshop or even Photoshop Elements, and that the UI is far from the restrained simplicity and user-friendliness found in something like iPhoto.
But what Graphic Converter has got, which few of these others have, is speed. It opens in seconds, compared to Elements which grinds away for half a minute or more before being ready for use. The editing features it does offer are all that I need for tweaking pictures and slapping them on the web - a bit of contrast control here, a bit of colour control there. Everything I need at my fingertips, and much sooner than other apps would supply it.
That said, the latest changes in the latest version of GC are more than welcome. Plenty of new tweaks and useful little widgets; the simplicity of the Graphic Converter belies the huge number of features inside. You only get a true idea of all the things it can do when you download the PDF manual, and start exploring it - all 200-odd pages of it.
One thing that bothers me with almost every photo-editing app I’ve tried is this: why does editing photos have to be so dependent on using the mouse? To put it another way - please can we have more keyboard shortcuts?
What I’d like is simple key commands for simple editing tasks, such as Command+B to increase brightness, and Command+Shift+B to decrease it. These would take effect immediately, without recourse to a preview window. I can always Undo if I don’t like what I see. Most apps let me call up edit dialog boxes quickly enough but then I still have to use the mouse to slide some sliders. I’m a text editor freak, I’m used to doing everything with the keyboard; I’d like the same swift, simple control in a photo editor.
Enough ranting; back to Graphic Converter. Like the human brain, most people only use a fraction of the computing power available. I’m one of them. I only use GC to edit my digital photos and prepare them for the web; I hardly ever use the industrial-strength conversion feature, or the batch processing, or most of the other gazillion little features tucked away in the menus and sub-menus.
At $30 for a license, GC continues to be one of the best bargains around.
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