Woo, first mac-related entry here in a long long while. It’s not that I have nothing to say about the subject, but nothing has exactly broken the surface yet.
Anyway, turns out that I seem to be incompatible with iPhoto. It just seems to be too constricting to work as an image-editing solution.
The best OS X software guidance site (snadiomena) I’ve located thus far features a wide array of alternatives.
And now’s the time to pick and choose… Ought to be cheap(ish) (so photoshop CS is out), should have a decent interface (so GIMP is definitely at risk here), ability to deal with a decent swath of image formats (so getting an ancient version of photoshop is not an option) and altogether be more of an image manipulation program than something that attempts to organize my photos every chance it gets.
Have played with adobe’s Elements, photoshop’s kid brother, and it satisfies most requirements above. And its eagerness to reorder and tag photos can be curtailed by forcing it to work in a pure edit mode. So that just might be it, or not. I guess I have to bite the bullet and try out a couple of others before settling down.