I REALLY want this to work. Or perhaps i should say, i really want a simple, flexible contact sheet maker. Unfortunately, PhotoTiles has a lot of quirks and some crucial functionality is missing.
Drag and Drop _only_ is not a great UI for this type of app where settings are likely to need changing often.
Devs seem to have forgotten what a computer is best at: computing. If one wants a 5 x 5 grid of images from a video clip or large folder, it's silly to have to get a frame count and divide by 25 to determine how many frames to skip. An 'In' and 'Out' time based option seems a requirement here also where video frame tiling is an option. Additionally, with video, where every frame will be the same aspect ratio, it's very wasteful of real estate for tiles to remain square.
Back on the computing topic, I fail to see why the X and Y offsets, requiring trial and error to get the desired appearance. Should the software not calculate how to align text with the tiles or center the text beneath? And there also seems an inherent need to be able to add some page header text.
In the video realm, it choked on WMV files even though i have more than one library installed to read them.
For some peculiar reason, forward delete 'Del' key doesn't function properly in input boxes.
The "Top to Bottom" tile checkbox oddly defaults to unchecked though it's a rare case that one would want the tiles to be inserted bottom to top.
When i DID make a 5 x 5 grid i expected it to come out wrong because the progress counter deceptively stopped at 24.
When giving the images and tiles borders, there needs to be some separation between the two rather than image borders overwriting tile borders. The app uses a menu & box instead of a standard OS X font picker; annoying when you have hundreds or thousands.
PhotoTiles badly needs the capability to automatically include additional information with each tile.
It also attempted to run Firefox, when i was already using a community build (Namoroka). Not a huge thing. But it took an excessive amount of time between my clicking "Okay" in the dialog reporting it couldn't do so, and when i was presented with a second dialog about the contents of the current web page, which it somehow located anyway.
Then, when i clicked cancel, PhotoTiles took so long to actually do so (20 seconds or more) that i was beginning to think it had hung.
All that aside, it did complete some tasks fairly well. I would like to see this developed to be more sophisticated.