I currently have two iPhoto Libraries, one on my laptop with 4,000 photos and one on my external HD with 13,300 photos. I’m tired of switching back and forth and not knowing which of my photos are in which library. I keep thinking Apple will add multiple volume support to iPhoto, but I guess they never will.
Picasa is nice because it is free. I’ve fiddled with it a little bit and it should be able to handle multiple volumes. Does anyone know if it has performance issues with large volumes? (I’ve only loaded a few pictures at a time.) It seems to have most of the image editing capabilities that I use often, however, I would like to have more. I can open the photos in an external editor, but it would be nice to simplify my workflow.
From the product pages it looks like both Aperture and Lightroom let you use multiple volumes. Beyond that I don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of each. How difficult is it to migrate from iPhoto? What about from Picasa? Does Lightroom have the performance issues that other Adobe products have on the Mac? Is Lightroom $100 better than Aperture?
They both offer free trials, but I’d like to get some feedback before jumping in on one or the other.