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Full user review
"iPhoto: Visual Niceties, Functional Misses"
Speed of Application, Expanded Slideshow Options
E-mail functionality (ugh), Limited Preference Controls, Photo Titling, Buggy
My wife and I use iPhoto to store and share our photos. Key to this -- and to my wife's hesitant conversion from PC to Mac 4 years ago -- is ease of sharing photos via e-mail. iPhoto '11 sorely misses the mark on e-mailing. With it, the user has no choice but to use Apple's predesigned email layouts. In these layouts, photos are small, there is limited space to add general message text and captioning is not possible. Ugh. The workaround is dragging photos out of iPhoto and into Mail, which is completely do-able, but why not let users set a preference to use either Mail or iPhoto templates to issue email with photos included? Second, titling photos is wonky at present. The titles do not appear to have been saved upon re-opening iPhoto later. And the titles do not carry over into Mail via drag-and-drop. Ugh. Finally, I'll point out that "full screen" is not exactly full screen. The iPhoto application expands to full screen, meaning that yes, your photo is now quite large but it also has a border around it with little menu icons and browsing thumbnails on it. If you really want to show a photo well, this detracts. Perhaps it could have been made to auto-disappear (like controls do when in Slideshow mode)?
But iPhoto '11 is a prettier application, made to be more 'consumer attractive.' In its functional execution though, it appears to be less than fully user tested and may be looking to create a very sharp line between who use iPhoto and who uses Aperture (or PhotoShop).