Upload & Sell: Off
I've developed a paranoia about iPhoto. I used to coexist peacefully with it. It served as a good place for all of my photos to be stored and allowed for a modicum of organization and PP.
The problems started when I "upgraded" to IPhoto 11. Some of my originals vanished in the upgrade process (though I had backed them all up before the transfer so no loss of originals occurred). Still, it freaked me out.
Occasionally, a thumbnail will fail to load and equally occasionally another original will vanish. AFAIK, the latest version of IPhoto takes the originals and buries them in its hierarchical file system. Translation? If iPhoto develops a problem with an original and suddenly decides its missing, you cannot retrieve the original.
Even though I am a rank amateur, I'm not going to let this happen again. From now on I'm going to load photos from my camera directly to a Master Photo folder with appropriate subfolders. Then, if I need to, I'll copy images from that folder to IPhoto.
So, here are my questions: I would like to find an IPhoto alternative that would allow me to import photos, organize them, yet still maintain direct access to my originals.
This loading to my Master Photo folder act is gonna get old quick.
All advice and recommendations are appreciated!