A Mac Stalwart Updated: GraphicConverter Version 7
Mac users enjoy access to a rich variety of software and while some of the big names (like Microsoft or Adobe) are often cited, I tend to eschew these for a number of reasons, including economy: Why pay top prices when there are applications bundled, or available for download, which will do the job for most of us?
An application that was bundled with one of my early Macs was Thorsten Lemke's GraphicConverter (one word). I later paid for a licence on that Mac's replacement. The application has recently seen a major update and is now at version 7.0.1. I downloaded the upgrade and had a look.
I tried initially with the unregistered version, such as a user would have with a straightforward shareware download, but because I had been using version 6 for a while, the nag screen started at the maximum 30 second delay. I intended to pay for the upgrade, but this hastened the process. The unregistered version takes slightly longer to start and the batch processing function is disabled.
GraphicConverter is a first-rate example of why most users do not need high end software for working with photographs (professionals are a different matter). A leaner application like this has most features that we will need at a considerably lower cost.
One of the major changes is to the Filters menu. It still appears as a menu at the top of the screen, but when accessed all filters are grouped in a panel to the right of the image (or browser panel). As the triangle for each group is clicked instead of a straight-forward text list of the effects, there are small icons indicating how the effect would work on the specific image selected, with a text title beneath each. A most useful addition is in the Geometry Adjustment section which includes Perspective Transform, for putting edges straight. Holding the cursor over the icon provides the effect title and a useful description of its purpose.
I did find a minor problem with one of the preferences, concerning camera connection. I prefer to use the camera and iPhone with Aperture so turn this feature off for iPhoto on my Mac. Although I unchecked the box for this in GraphicConverter it kept re-checking itself. This is only a minor inconvenience and I just ignore it.
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