I've been a Mac user for a long time, preferring it's stability, elegance, features, and ease of use over Windows PC's that I've had to use in the corporate environment. Macs have always been well suited to graphics, and the native capabilities of OS X have been tailored to working with images.

I use a number of applications and utilities in my daily digital photography life, which I’ve listed here for other Mac users who may not know about them. I’m running OS X 10.5.8 - the latest version that runs on my old G4 Macs.

Nikon Transfer

A free utility from NikonUSA that launches when I attach a card reader with compact flash from one of my Nikon cameras. Available for Windows as well.

Nikon ViewNX

Another free utility from NikonUSA. Launches after Nikon Transfer finishes. Shows thumbnails of all NEFs just transfered, with EXIF data for each file. Allows quick review of files in full screen mode, with quick access to image at 100% view. Available for Windows as well.

Apple Preview

Supplied with the Mac OS. Opens NEF, tif, jpg files for critical evaluation in full screen mode or at 100%.

Adobe Photoshop CS 3

The ultimate photo editing application, from Adobe.com. Converts raw files with Adobe Camera Raw; all image post processing. Latest version is CS 5. Expensive but powerful and what every other photo editor is compared against. Photoshop Elements offers a lot of power and many of the tools in an affordable package that had can be upgraded to the full program and is a good option for those not sure how involved they will become in photo editing.
Available for Windows as well.

Graphic Converter

A very flexible utility that has been a staple in the Mac world for many years, from http://www.lemkesoft.com. I ignore all the file type conversion features and use this as a file browser that allows drag-and-drop and other Finder options. It i s a great way to manage all my jpg images in multiple folders.


From Dare to be Creative. A handy utility to generate jpgs from a folder of raw files. Find it at http://creativebe.com/dragoman


A simple EXIF viewer. I use it to show shooting information to make notes to accompany jpgs when I post them on photo critique web sites. Find it at Macupdate.


A versatile GUI for underlying Unix file renaming. Orders files by timestamp or name, constructs file names from user supplied terms and numbers consecutively. I use it to rename the NEF files that survive my review after I transfer them from my camera to my Mac. Find it at VersionTracker.


RapidWeaver 5 Icon

From realmacsoftware. An affordable website authoring application based on templates available only for Macs. Used to create this web site.

EXIF Extension for Safari

Apple’s default web browser,Safari, added the capability to install third party extensions with release 5.0.1. Find and install extensions from a pulldown menu while using Safari. ExifExt adds an option accessed from a contextual menu - just “right click” on any viewed image to see basic properties like pixel dimensions and file size, plus camera generated data for ther image (if it has not been deleted at the source). There’s educational value in knowing what gear and what shooting parameters were used in making many images and this extension gives the viewer a chance to see that data if the photographer didn’t list it with the posted image.