Once again, iPhoto crapped out on me and the usual recovery methods like replacing the database file, rebuild the library will not work. Redoing the whole library with all the albums is not an option for me anymore!
iPhoto 7? No, thanks. It does look nice and everything, but I’ll choose either Photoshop Lightroom or Apple Aperture. And after my bad experiences with Apple’s Software I decided to give Lightroom a try first. I’ve seen some of Apertures features a while back at SAE Byron. After trying Photoshop Lightroom for a day, I prefer the latter because of the adjustment options, the import procedure and the tight integration with the other Adobe products.
I uploaded a web gallery from our trip to Prague.
Creating web galleries seems to be one of the main drawbacks of Lightroom. Ok, it can create Flash or HTML galleries (while Aperture only creates HTML) but I’m not a big fan of Flash based galleries anyway.
And setting up your own template (beyond just selecting a preset and adjusting colors) seems to be time consuming and/or almost impossible to do. The only extra templates I got working in Lightroom 1.1 are the ones from Adobe and they happen to be Flash galleries.
All I wanted to do is to create a template that works with my blog. But I couldn’t get anything to work in LR 1.1.
Also, Lightroom’s API did not get released yet and therefore you can’t get exporters for flickr (although there is a workaround), facebook or any other 3rd party gallery.
I’ll keep testing it and decide soon which one I will use in the future and hopefully save a lot of harddrive space since unlike iPhoto, they don’t save new pictures with the edits.