Has anyone used both Iview Media Pro and Lightroom. I have Iview Media Pro 3 and want to know if there would be any reason to go with Lightroom. I must say I'm intrigued by Michael's Lightroom DVD tutorials.
Over the last two months or so I have trialled both Media Pro and Lightroom, as well as Aperture. Originally I just used iPhoto to catalogue my photos but I grew out of that a long time ago! Since then I have bumbled along using the file browser in Photoshop Elements 3. As you can imagine, after that, Media Pro was like a breath of fresh air!
I don't understand how someone could find Media Pro slow. Initially, I used it on a G3 iBook, then on a G4 Powerbook and I could not believe how quick it was.
Having said that, I don't think I will buy it. It is a brilliant application for importing, comparing, rating, moving, storing and deleting but any editing has to be done in a seperate application. I would have been content with that if I hadn't tried Aperture and Lightroom (beta 4.1). Neither of these programmes is as good at cataloguing as Media Pro because they tend to move the file into the application and it has to be "exported" (i.e. copied) to move it back out again. There are ways around this and I believe V1 of Lightroom will have this sorted. That's okay though, because if you use either application all the time, you can keep tabs on your photos just like with Media Pro.
That's where Media Pro stops for me, in practical terms. Now the other two come in guns blazing because they have decent, useable editing tools and good choices for printing, plus one or two other tricks. This is so useful, because I can shoot, import, compare, delete, edit, catalogue, store and print all at once. Saves hours and hours!
I haven't yet decided 100% but if v1 of Lightroom is what is promised I'm going for that. Aperture is truly wonderful but it really needs a big desktop screen (or two) and has more gadgets than I need. Lightroom as it stands is quick and easy to use, Though it took weeks to actually come to terms with how to do things, it now seems so simple!
Hope this helps. It is just my experience, I'm a photographer, not a computer technician!