Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Nov 2004 20:53 UTC

Making things easier is not always the way to go. The best example I have is iPhoto.

I bought an iMac a few months ago. I was very happy with it. I transferred all my digital content (only photos, actually) from my x86 to my iMac (I believe I used my network). Then, I opened iPhoto to order all my photos and pictures. So far, so good.

However.

On my x86, I organized my photos per directory. "Backgrounds", "Going out, 21-6-2004", "My Car", etc. etc. Here comes the problem: iPhoto doesn't do that! iPhoto creates a database, which isn't based on directories. This means that when I wanted to add "Car Front.jpg" to the "My Car" album, I had to a) add it to the iPhoto album, and b) to the "My Car" directory. On my x86, on the other hand, I simply dropped the photo into the right dir and done.

"But that's just the way iPhoto works!" I hear you say, "Don't use iPhoto!" The problem is, that if it were up to the author, all programs would behave in the same way iPhoto (and iTunes) does. Leaving me with a mess of photo's.

Then, some friends of mine from Berlin came over. They made shitloads of photos. We imported those photos using iPhoto. We burnt them onto a CD using iPhoto, only to realize that iPhoto burns a disc which only seems to work when again using iPhoto. Those friends did not own Macs. So, we had to find the dir in which iPhoto criptically stored the photos.

What I'm trying to say: the author's suggestions make sense when one uses one application "to do photos". Well, most people simply don't. Those ideas of the author are nice, but they wreck interoperatebility.

PS: I replaced the iMac with a iBook a few days ago, btw. And, I now simply use Finder + Preview to manage my photos, it's much, much easier. Finder shows previews, and Preview opens them. Perfect.