iView Media
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iView Media is essential software for managing your digital photos, music and videos, suitable for all who need a way to manage their growing inventory of digital media and share across different platforms. Based on the award winning professional version, this is the first launch of its fully cross-platform product running on Mac OS 9, OS X and Windows.

iView Media opens up the way to discover and manage media files in your disks, CDs, DVDs, photo collections, servers and the World Wide Web. With iView Media, you can view your images, play back your movies and sounds, print reports,
What's New
Version 2.6.4:
  • Added feature to create new catalogs with the results of user defined SpotlightTM queries.
  • Addressed general cosmetic user interface issues including: (a) highlighting Organize panel entries on media selection; (b) issues when removing user fields; (c) drag-and-drop on 10.4 (Mac), and other.
  • Added preview support for Olympus ORF (E-300).
  • Added utility scripts to improve annotation editing using CSV text.
  • Improved PDF rendering issues with files containing rotated bitmaps (Mac only).
  • Fixed reported issue with disappearing labels.
  • Slide show corrections: (a) First slide is always random (if running in random mode); (b) Slide show keeps running until all images have been displayed once (in random mode).
  • Fixed issues with NEF files with corrupt annotation directories. - Improved rendering of images with transparencies (TIFF, PNG, Photoshop formats).
Version 2.6.4:
  • Added feature to create new catalogs with the results of user defined SpotlightTM queries.
  • Addressed general cosmetic user interface issues including: (a) highlighting Organize panel entries on media selection; (b) issues when removing user fields; (c) drag-and-drop on 10.4 (Mac), and other.
  • Added preview support for Olympus ORF (E-300).
  • Added utility scripts more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X, CarbonLib 1.5 or later, QuickTime 5 or later






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Ocd commented on 26 Aug 2013
BTW - this no longer exists… MS sold it to 'Phase One' some time ago and they repackaged it as 'Media Pro'.

https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/5534/media-pro
[Version 2.6.4]


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Schoschie commented on 28 Mar 2011
It is a crying shame that this app was sold to M$. This was my favorite media cataloguer, but now that it is a M$ product, I don't want it on my disk (you might think that's childish, but if you, like me, have had to endure about 20 years of hell using M$ products, you would understand).

Does anyone have any suggestions as to a replacement?

I am using iPhoto to catalog my photos, but I really hate iPhoto; it is bloated, slow and buggy (boo to Apple! There was a time when you wrote good software…). Also, it only does photos, no other type of media, and I cannot save individual catalogs (such as all the media available for a certain project).
[Version 2.6.4]


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Rubaiyat commented on 11 May 2010
It is now Microsoft Expression Media and has resolved the crashing issues and problems with ai, pdf and eps files I mentioned.

Now working better than ever. :)
[Version 2.6.4]

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Cowicide replied on 18 Oct 2010
Uh, they don't make Expression for Mac so you are full of it. Like many things Microsoft touches, iView has been destroyed. I suppose you're running Virtual PC on your Mac too now, huh? No, Microsloth bought it out and destroyed it for Mac.
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Tim27 replied on 25 Jan 2011
Cowicide, Microsoft bought iView Multimedia and turned iView into Espression Media. They have since not done much with it, but Expression Media for Mac still works just fine. Before you go slamming someone that knows what they are talking about, when you obviously do not.
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Rubaiyat reviewed on 24 Jul 2009
This has been the best cataloguer I have used. Portfolio was always a PITA with every version "upgrade". iView has generally been clean and fast and reliable.

I do not use it on overall collections but set up logical collections then create .pdfs of the lightboxes and add those to the collections. Those are what I search and narrow my choices. I work this way as painfully tagging everything and putting them in large searchable collections leads to ultimate disappointment when those catalogs break for various reasons or get abandoned by the developer.

However any CS4 ai files cause it to crash which is a real shame because my preferred format is CS4 ai files with .pdf previews.

Does anyone have any better cataloguers or archiving methods to suggest?
[Version 2.6.4]

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Zx81 replied on 09 May 2010
I'm still using iView and am scared it would stop working ; no idea what I will use next! PhotoMechanic?
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Jul 2005
I don't know about the stability of IView Media 2.6.4. Version 1, which is still on my hard drive is extremely flakey, and prone to crash. Featrues are great, but stability is non-existent. I have not been able to find any information as to the long term stability of IView 2.6.4, such as exhibited by the slide viewer in PhotoShop Elements 2. I use a Mac, with v 10.3.9.
[Version 2.6.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Jan 2005
I've used the "Pro" version 2.6.2 for some 10 days now, and I've imported a few thousand pictures into it, including Canon and Nikon RAW images. I really like the concept of hierarcical sets for organizing images. I have created a few slide shows and some web pages; I especially like the look of the latter.

I am happy with the program so far, and would recommend it for Mac users, though it seems a bit pricey to its PC equivalent, iMatch (at $50; see qubbles, below).

Quibbles I have:
- There's no way to build a hierarchy of, say, locations (e.g., USA/national parks/yosemite), even though you _can_ do this with "catalog sets". In fact, catalog sets are a nice generalization of all the other classification tools, so why not go all the way and make the full power available everywhere?
- I haven't used iMatch on a PC (sounds very similar to iView, just better), but I'd love to have some of its features: "dynamic sets" (set union/intersection etc., computed on the fly), better scripting, database export to ASCII, ability to assign multiple "canned" classifications at once to multiple images in a single move, support for removable media. None of these should be hard to add; the basics are all there.
- major annoyance: PhotoshopCS uses "DateTime" and "DateTimeOriginal" EXIF annotations; most of the time you'd want the latter (when the pic was first shot, not when you last tweaked it), but iView doesn't seem to know about it. Minimally, there'd be an option for you to pick what iView should use on import. (I've found myself spending half my cataloging time on fixing the darn date.)
- for movie and sound clips from an old PowerSnot S40, iView seems to have no clue what the real date/time is; I haven't investigated yet whether that's a problem with the S40 or iView.
- there should be a way to keep image files and their sound annotations together.

Quibbles aside, this is a very nice and fast program. I think any media cataloging program that does _not_ support hierarchical sets (and that includes some rather pricey ones) cannot even aspire to be in the same league.

Four stars on all but "value"; I'll give them five once they are as feature-rich as iMatch (if the latter weren't PC-only, I'd use that instead of iView).
[Version 2.6.2]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Feb 2005
Nice review/feedback.
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Wizard2 reviewed on 15 Dec 2004
iView MediaPro is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST.

I previously tried and bought several other digital asset management 'solutions', including trade standards Canto Culumus and Extensis Portfolio.

None of them offer the flexibility, speed, and stability of iView MediaPro. IVMP's catalog features, EXIF and keyword capabilities, and HTML support are excellent.

My library is over 40,000 photos, illustrations and video and audio clips. iView MediaPro handles them all with ease, quickly and reliably. Support is responsive the one time I had a user question.

If you need to catalog, archive, share, or process images -- nothing even comes close.
[Version 2.6.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Nov 2004
Good app. Nice for organizing all those pictures of my favorite TV series and films.
[Version 2.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Aug 2004
This is a fantastic product. Very robust, definitely worth the money.
[Version 2.5.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 11 May 2004
If you really have to pay money for an app like this, you'd rather spend it on Q Media Manager

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/7716

Definitely better and cheaper.

Also if you just want something to quickly browser folders with images. GraphicConverter is pretty quick and good at that and can convert into some hundred image formats.
[Version 2.5]


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Date:03 May 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X / OS Classic
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iView Media is essential software for managing your digital photos, music and videos, suitable for all who need a way to manage their growing inventory of digital media and share across different platforms. Based on the award winning professional version, this is the first launch of its fully cross-platform product running on Mac OS 9, OS X and Windows.

iView Media opens up the way to discover and manage media files in your disks, CDs, DVDs, photo collections, servers and the World Wide Web. With iView Media, you can view your images, play back your movies and sounds, print reports, publish Web galleries, run slide show presentations, and much more.

With iView Media, you create catalogs and save them on your disk. Catalogs are much smaller and easy to search than dealing with all your original media files together. Catalogs retain media info even when the original files are not available (when the source disk or CD is not presently mounted).


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