Visual Aid

The reason why no new photos have been displayed are two-fold: I haven't been taking many new ones; and <a href="">iPhoto</a> sucks as a backup tool.
Like <a href="">Adam</a> and the <a href="">many others who groused</a> about how <a href="">iTunes</a> messed up their mp3 directory structure, iPhoto implements its own scheme of things. Photos would be sorted out by year, month, then day.
The problem is that iPhoto uses the day the photos were last modified, ignoring the metadata (the exif data) that tells me when the photos were <em>taken</em>. Who cares when I photoshopped / cropped / converted to jpg? I want to know if the photo was taken Homecoming 2001 or 2002.
Forcing me to use its own directory structure meant that I had come to rely solely upon iPhoto as my photo-organiser. It's all fine and dandy, as long as I can get what I want when I want it. Much as it is a thorn to my side, I'll let the internal directory structure go if I could have an interface that made sense to me.
Problem arises when too many photos are in the iPhoto. I've more than 5 gigabytes of photos. The startup time for iPhoto now rivals that of <a href="">Mac OSX</a> after it delivers me the semi-transculent screen of death (in multiple languages, no less).
So now when I show my clients their photos I need to arrive a good hour early just to fire up iPhoto. You could say I'm exaggerating, or that I'm merely extrapolating what would actually happen when my photos reach 10 gigs.
Anyone knows of a better (preferably free) photo-organising tool? <a href="">iView MediaPro</a> looks industrial-grade, but it comes with an industrial price. Not to mention anything that starts with an "i" has always tried to reorganise my life.

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