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iView MediaPro 1.0

Need a way to organize your digital photos or your Mac's multitude of graphics, sounds, fonts, and movies? Look no further than iView Multi-media's powerful yet affordable asset-management program, iView Media-Pro 1.0.4.

The program's simple interface lets you create catalogs by dragging files, folders, and complete volumes into the application's main window. You can view files as thumbnails or full-size images, as well as play movies and audio files. iView MediaPro offers an abundance of ways to find and sort, including by assignable keyword, and it supports a wide variety of media files. You can export your catalogs of digital assets as HTML documents, contact sheets, and QuickTime slide shows. You can even adjust image brightness, color, and sharpness from within the program.

While we highly recommend iView MediaPro overall, unlike programs such as Canto's Cumulus and Extensis's Portfolio (which are admittedly much more expensive), it doesn't let you share catalogs across a network. In addition, the program is buggy under OS X.

Macworld's Buying Advice

iView MediaPro is a terrific utility. For OS 9 users on a budget, there's just no better way to organize digital-media files.

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