If you have a lot of media to browse through, no matter what viewer you use, it's bound to take some time. Whatever the project may be--from picking the best shots from a pro photo shoot to getting the most action-packed movie clips from a birthday party--you need a good way to browse, compare, and sort through your media quickly. The obvious choices on your Mac are iPhoto or iMovie, but if you're looking for a different way to sort through several media file-types with added unique features, check out AtomicView.

An intuitive interface makes it easy to navigate through media quickly. (Credit: CNET Networks)

AtomicView offers a sparse, but intuitive interface for sifting through tons of images and videos quickly. It takes advantage of multicore processors and your video hardware, letting you work even while importing large amounts of high-quality media. Just drag-and-drop a folder full of images to the bottom of the interface and watch AtomicView quickly gather and display all the information about each image--without significant slow downs. From there you'll be able to perform simple changes like batch rotating or batch renaming in only a couple of steps. You also can create groups to make it easier to find media from specific events.

Search using any number of different criteria to find specific images. (Credit: CNET Networks)

AtomicView offers excellent viewing options, letting you go into full-screen mode with movable interface elements and different viewing variations to fit your workflow. A comprehensive search feature lets you search by a number of different criteria so you can find specific media in several ways. AtomicView supports ITPC, EXIF, and XMP Metadata formats and you can create your own fields to make finding specific shots from a subgroup of images extremely easy.

Full-screen views make it easy to sort through and compare similar high-quality images. (Credit: CNET Networks)

While AtomicView doesn't offer the editing tools of other programs, it's the perfect fit for professional photographers and digital camera enthusiasts who need to sort through and analyze big folders of media. The image-analysis-friendly interface, simple tools, and customizable views make it a natural choice for those who process large amounts of high-quality media.

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.