I didn’t like early versions of iPhoto at all, but iPhoto 5, was, I think a big improvement. Now it does most of what I want, and it mostly stays out of my way. There are, however, a few things that consistently bother me and that I hope will be addressed in version 6:
- It’s not possible to edit roll names or photo titles by clicking on them directly. Instead, you have to go through the Information pane.
- Contextual menus appear on mouse-up rather than mouse-down.
- The preferences window is modal, but doesn’t look like it. (Normally, modal windows, like the iTunes preferences, have OK and Cancel buttons. The iPhoto preferences look like the Mail preferences but don’t behave like them.)
- Often, in the middle of editing a photo, I use the Duplicate command to make a backup. iPhoto switches to an “Importing Photos” source, then takes me back to the library. There’s no way to get back to the edit view where I was; that context is lost. I think duplicating should happen in the background, like in the Finder.
- I use the Undo command all the time when cropping. True, iPhoto fades out the cropped-out portions of the image, but it’s not until I click the Crop button that I see exactly what the image will look like. Often, it’s not quite right and so I Undo. But then iPhoto takes me back to the original image, sans cropping rectangle. All I wanted was make a small adjustment to the crop, but it makes me start over.