iView MediaPro 3.0
"iView's philosophy is we try to be flexible enough to play with as many players as possible," says Shayne Bowman, Chief User Experience Architect at iView. "But with all the proprietary soup that's out there it's pretty difficult." To prove his point, iView has built-in support for PhotoShelter and Digital Railroad, as well as Photoshop. The company was recently purchased by Microsoft, and company officials stressed in announcing the sale that iView would continue to work on both Mac and Windows-based platforms. In addition to photos, iView works with multiple media types, including audio and video files. So if you want to manage or review metadata inside an audio file, you don't have to open a different application. iView's image comparison tool, called Lightbox, allows you to easily zoom in on images to get magnified details, and the software offers exposure warning histograms. It also allows for multi-platform scripting, with multi-platform being the key. "Good asset managers have to play well with others and I think that's why iView has succeeded," Bowman says.
Price: $199 for iView MediaPro 3, or $49.99 for version 2.7.