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jimtron
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« on: October 12, 2008, 09:41:26 PM »

I've used Iview for a long time, now updated to EM 1 (the latest version of 1). I also recently purchased Lightroom 2, but haven't yet spent a lot of time with it. With Iview/EM, I like how you could very quickly browse thumbnails in catalogs with thousands of images. But I've been getting a lot of crashes with EM lately, when doing things like resetting paths. And I think there's a limit--that's not that high--to how many files you can have in an EM catalog (?).

Anyway, I'm wondering which application is the best for browsing lots of thumbnails at once. I shoot over 30k images a year, and would like to be able to browse entire years if possible. I'm intrigued by the idea of having one LR catalog for all images, which IIRC Beardsworth recommends. Does that get slow though, with over 100k images? Is EM 2 faster and/or more reliable than 1? Any apps I'm missing? I've never used Portfolio...

I'm on a Mac Pro by the way. Advice would be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2008, 11:20:17 PM »

EM2 seems a lot more stable and well-behaved than EM1. I never switched to EM1 but am now OK with EM2.

As for Lightroom, I've seen catalogues with upwards of 100k images. They don't slow down simply because of the number of records, though if you select them all then you have to wait for LR to build the list of common keywords and metadata.

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2008, 11:38:08 PM »

Thanks John! I'll probably give EM2 a try.
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