The machine that I was running this on is a 2.4 GHz, P4 with 2 GB of RAM and 80 GB HDD. The issues that I have seen are quite repeatable so perhaps my use of the term "stability" is inappropriate. I would put the things I mentioned more in the class of things, "it hurts when I do that" -- well then don’t do that. i.e. I can work around them.
I have not anteed up the $200 for the program yet and my trial has run out -- so I am through fiddling for a bit. I am trying a few of the other contenders but I have found nothing with a UI that I like as well as iView (except for PSE4, which I am currently using). Most of my photos are JPEG with about 300 of the latest ones being DNG.
I tested alot. I will give you a short summary of my experience:
- I used Imatch for a long time. Damn fast in building the catalog and on the interface side. Never had speed issues (on the interface), BUT it doesn't fit that much in a good DAM system. It uses its own tagging logic and doesn't make primary usage of IPTC/etc. The main issue which draw me away from imatch was: the image viewing is so damn slow (and yes i switched of some setting, which are causing slow downs)
- I use Iview now. It is a bit slower than Imatch (on the interface) and i wish it would have a "please wait i am busy" window. Sometimes it freezes for minutes (f.e. on resampling images) and i am unsure if it is still working or crashed.
- I tried extensis portfolio. After dropping a 20.000 image catalog and waiting 2 hours it seemed it hanged to death (the window couldn't opened anymore and the process was idle). I also noticed that it uses a high amount on files, cause it took ages on deinstallation.
- idimager (or however it is called). Alot of people call it a favorite. In my humble oppinion : it sucks more than Iview. I had alot of speed issues (i used the pro version) and the interface is far behind usuability...