Hey, that’s not a screenshot of iPhoto. Nope, it isn’t. It’s a screencap of the one thing I see most of whenever I have to spend any time at all with my least favorite Apple app ever – the Spinning Wheel of Wait on iPhoto on the Mac.
I have mentioned how I hate iPhoto on Twitter and other social networks, and while some agree with me I always hear from some who love the app and reckon it performs like a champion. To that second group I say great stuff and lucky you. I’ve used a MacBook and three MacBook Pros over recent years, the latest couple with 8GB of RAM and very powerful all-round specs. And on every single one of them iPhoto runs like a dog. Like a huge, fat, probably crippled dog. In fact the word runs is not even appropriate – to say it crawls would be an undeserved compliment.
None of my Macs have been generally slow, none have had any trouble running any other apps – including iTunes, virtual machines on VMware and Parallels, browsers with 20+ tabs open at a time, and so on. All generally perform well (apart from occasional major lapses nearly always caused by one Flash related plugin or other).
But iPhoto isn’t just slow; it’s diabolically, soul-destroyingly slow. Always. How or when is it slow you might ask. Here are some of the ways:
– It’s ridiculously slow to open. Like get up, go make a coffee, do some stretching, check the weather, return and see it maybe somewhere near finished opening.
– It’s farcically slow when importing photos from anywhere. Watching it struggle and gasp and limp along on a Photo Stream update was nothing short of painful – and of course not short at all. I believe people finish marathons faster than iPhoto handled that import.
– It’s slow to exit. Incredibly slow. iPhoto > Quit. Yes – quit. Quit now. Just close down. Quit sometime today, please. FFS.
– It’s stupendously slow to respond to almost any click or action of any kind while in it.
I know the app has many great features, or at least so I’m lead to believe – but honestly as hard as I try I just cannot bear to spend any length of time with this horrific app to see whether they actually work.
If there’s such thing as Hell and my life has not been lived well enough to avoid it, I imagine I will be doomed to an eternity of staring at a Mac with only iPhoto installed on it.
Blah, I feel like this post does not begin to express the level of my hatred of iPhoto.