Photon
Photon
1.1.5

4.2

Photon free download for Mac

Photon

1.1.5
17 February 2009

Professional-grade image browser with speed and simplicity in mind.

Overview

Photon... Designed for both professional photographers and advanced photography enthusiasts, Photon is a high-performance digital photo workflow application that makes it easy to review and organize large numbers of photos.

Photon focuses on the front-end of the photo workflow process: ingest, review, and culling. Unlike other photo management applications that often require lengthy import steps before reviewing and organizing photos, Photon's intelligent on-demand caching engine makes full resolution views of your digital photos available within seconds. Additionally, Photon's innovative "stacking" feature streamlines the process of organizing large batches of images by making it easy to quickly shuffle photos into separate stacks using a single keystroke.

Your time is precious. Why spend it waiting? Download the free trial version and start organizing your images with Photon today!

What's new in Photon

Version 1.1.5 is a minor bug-fix maintenance release:
  • Fixed a problem that would cause photos to appear missing if Photon encountered a problem reading the display profile
  • Fixed a rare bug that would sometimes cause the zoom tool to sop working
  • Fixed a bug that would cause screenshots downloaded from an iPhone/iPod touch to load incorrectly
  • Fixed a few minor memory leaks and possible crashing bugs

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surloff
10 May 2008

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$69! For what this software offers, it should be $15.
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Version 1.1
Macsterdam
26 July 2012
After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I found that Photon no longer worked, so I emailed the developer. I got a very quick reply, but the news was not good: Photon is no longer under active development, due to a lack of sales. Although a fair decision, I'm still somewhat p****d-off, as I've had asked about updates several times before over the last few years, and was told every time that Photon was still under active development, and that Photon would be updated as soon as he (the developer) could find the time to do so.
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Version 1.1.5
Macsterdam
21 August 2010
I bought Photon shortly after it was released. At the time I thought is was by far the best program to quickly view and sort RAW files. These days, however, I hardly use it anymore. There are other programs out there which do more or less the same, but faster, and, more importantly, development seems to have ground to a halt. Just check the developer's blog, no mention of Photon at all in any of the more current posts. A shame really, as I still feel Photon has a lot of untapped potential. And btw, yes, I have emailed the developer a few times, and always got a swift reply. The promised update(s) have yet to materialize though.
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Version 1.1.5
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Dlwhite
Dlwhite
02 November 2010
@Macsterdam I'm awfully disappointed at the lack of updates, as well. I was a HUGE fan of this program. OH, well. What alternatives have you found that are current and perform faster?
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Version 1.1.5
Zx81
Zx81
26 December 2010
I'm trying AtomicView at the momet. Very fast.
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Macsterdam
Macsterdam
27 December 2010
@ DIWhite: The few times I still use Photon is to sort a folder of assorted images, mostly just jpegs. For all my RAW files I've switched to Aperture. I have tried other programs, but none appealed to me, really. Here's hoping the developer hasn't completely abandoned Photon.
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Macsterdam
21 August 2008
another big fan here. both photon and the response time of the developer are bloody fast. initially the program may look somewhat expensive, until you've used it a couple of times and find that it saves you a lot of time. there's always room for improvement, of course. in my case I'd love to see batch renaming options when exporting, to name but one of my feature-requests. I wouldn't be surprised if this was added any time soon ;-)
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Version 1.1.4
Patoche
08 June 2008
Very, very good software...I bouhgt it with the MU discount, but after having used it intensely. I think that even at the full price this soft is worth every $. You will gain, time, convenience and space on your HD... All photographer has to try this soft and put it in his own workflow. Have a nice day. Pat
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Version 1.1.3
Sjsw
03 June 2008
After trying the demo I can say that this software is excellent at what it does and it does do exactly what the developer claims. The GUI is slick and the program is extremely fast on my Mac Pro. Congrats to the Developer for a fine piece of work. That being said however, I do believe that the program is overpriced for a one trick pony. Perhaps someone indicated to him that a higher price would add value and thus make the program more desirable but in this case I believe that he's overshot the market by at least 100%. While I would definitely purchase Photon for $25 or $30 dollars, $69 just seems high to me and I say that with all due respect because I think the program is very good. In my mind he would be better served to get $30 from "the many" rather than $69 from "the few".
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Version 1.1
Dlwhite
15 May 2008
My mind is still boggling at how much time Photon saves me in my photo workflow. If you shoot or work with tons of high-res photos, you probably have a good idea of how valuable time is. And you owe it to yourself to at least demo this app. It's a magic time-making machine. Every day you're not using it is a day you're spending a little more time than you need to be sorting and culling photos. And over the course of a day, week, month, year, the vast quantities of time you save makes the license cost negligible. IMHO.
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Version 1.1
siamlotus
10 May 2008
Very nice update, especially the "recall stacks" function.
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Version 1.1
surloff
10 May 2008
$69! For what this software offers, it should be $15.
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Version 1.1
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Rosenkrieger
Rosenkrieger
11 May 2008
Eventhough I also think the price is pretty steep, how to you come to the conclusion it is worth 15$ ?
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Version 1.1
Kraudio
06 March 2008
Otimo :D
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Version 1.0.3
Andrew-Scott
04 January 2008
Photon has an appealing interface and it does indeed work quickly. However it's overpriced and lacks features of competing software. It's really quite limited. My current tool for photo sorting is PhotoReviewer which is also very fast and, for my needs, better suited to habitual photo sorting where your categories or destinations are well defined in advance. (If only the author could update it to work properly with Leopard it'd be perfect.) I hope Photon continues to evolve. It wouldn't hurt if it could handle video as well since many cameras generate this too. But $49? "Tell him he's dreaming."
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Version 1.0.2