Posted Apr 19, 2005 4:41 UTC (Tue) by ncm
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Management Applications
I find the most irritating thing about all these programs is that they use the native "select and edit" notion built into whatever UI toolkit they were coded under. As a result, when I have 300 pictures taken at random orientations, I have to go through painfully "selecting" the 67 I want rotated left, and then tell it to go ahead, and then wait while it moves all those bits back and forth to disk. Then I have to "select" the 81 to rotate the other way, and then tell it to go ahead, and then wait again. Woe betide me if I ever emit a stray click after selecting 59 of them; I have to start over.
What do I want? Buttons next to each thumbnail, one to rotate left, another right. When I click one, I want it to start working immediately (after all, it's lossless, right?) while I go through the rest. It should show the rotated thumbnail immediately, and let me click again at the same image, and have the right thing end up on disk even if it was half-written out already. Of course I need a way to click the same button on a whole course of images; maybe *that* is something the native UI selection trick is good for. Oh, and I want keyboard shortcuts for all this, so I can step from one thumbnail to the next, and hit "L", "R", or (say) "U", and walk through the whole list without fooling with the mouse but once.
I want a red-eye removal feature that, all by itself, identifies pairs of luminous red circles or ellipses, and blackens just them without messing up red shirts or roses (or nipples, or car taillights, either, but I'll take my chances). It might allow its action to be restricted to a subset of the image, similar to a cropping tool, and let you poke at individual eyes you want blackened and non-eyes you want un-blackened.
I want to set up empty columns, each bound to a digit key, and then walk down all the thumbnails and bounce each into its right column with one keystroke. Then let me add a tag to all the images in a column, at once. I should be able to copy thumbnails into more than one column, so a picture may have more than one tag added.
Did even Apple get much of this right? I doubt it.
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