CNET Editors' review
Lyn for Mac serves as a gallery for all your images, whether local, remote, or on a connected camera. The app comes with a free trial and offers a handy way of geotagging images just by dragging and dropping them onto a map. It's also equipped to handle the editing of metadata for multiple images at a time, as well as to convert them to another format.
Lyn for Mac features a clean main screen with a toolbar through which you can adjust the view options and share images to popular services like Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and Dropbox, and a sidebar where you can add images to view in a local or remote library or from a connected camera. The app's hidden info panel lets you see and edit the metadata of your images. The software also features extensive batch operations that can add or replace metadata, rename files, or convert images. We tested this functionality and managed to add a city to 150 images in under a second. Though overall the app integrates well in OS X, during testing we've found that it fails to display the photos on a connected iPhone.
Lyn for Mac tries to be a jack of all trades. In a way it succeeds, being good at a lot of things, but it doesn't do anything perfectly. Still, if you want to play a slideshow, crop some photos, add some ratings, or quickly convert hundreds of photos, all through the same app, you'll find this product good to have on your Mac.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Lyn for Mac 1.3.7.
From Mirko Viviani:
Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer for Mac OS X designed for Photographers, Graphic Artists and Web Designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, Lyn delivers an easy to use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs. Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR animated GIF and any other image format supported by Mac OS X.
What's new in this version:
- Allow '/' character in folder name. (translated to ':')
- Optimized iPhoto library access
- Fixed a drawing issue with rotated pictures
- Fixed localization issues on 10.9
- Fixed various issues with movie poster creation
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"Beats iPhoto by miles"
Version: Lyn 1.2.15
- Needs only 50MB on disk (compared to iPhotos 260MB).
- Spares 50% disk space for photo files compared to iPhoto (if you have 5GB photo files, iPhoto makes them 10GB in the end, while Lyn just shows your files as what they are = no increase).
- You can store and organize your files in folders how you like and where you like. (iPhoto splits them into bunches of unknown badly organized folders you have no control over what it does).
- Supports most cameras RAW format natively.
- Looks and works nicely
- Supporting and displaying .MOV movies would be nice too, but of course Lyn is about photos, not movies, therefore I can live without it.
Lyn is simply the best Image Browser and Organizer I've ever seen. I have tried about everyting I could find. Most have too much whistle and bells without delivering the essential. While Lyn looks clean and nice and simple and has all I need for an image browser.
"A nice simple picture browser."
Version: Lyn 1.0b27
Browses your pictures directly from the folders in which you organized the pictures listed in a sidebar. Various viewing options including slideshow. Complete EXIF data are displayed.
No possibility for even simple editing.
Simple and easy to understand. No importing and sorting. You organize your pictures as you like into folders and these are used as such.A sidebar lists the complete content of your HD (internal as well as external) Clicking a folder displays its pictures in any of 4 different ways: a strip where you can select the picture to be displayed in a larger format; icons (adjustable size); by name (with thumbnails) and as a slide show (viewing time not adjustable). The complete EXIF data of each picture are displayed in a right sidebar (optional).
Individual pictures can be deleted, rotated or flipped but there are no editing tools.
"Works very well."
Version: Lyn 1.0b7
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Gave some feedback to Mirko on a slide show issue and he fixed it fast. Looking forward to the new features as it's updated. This image viewer works better than any free ones I've tried. Would like to see drag and drop for rearrangement of thumbnails. Thanks again for this.
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