Version: 1.1.5 || Release Date: 2008-10-14 || License: Commercial with demo ($69) Developer: Green Volcano Software, LLC | App Owner: mikebernardo

Digital photo downloading and organizing made easy

Designed for both professional photographers and advanced photography enthusiasts, Photon is a high-performance digital photo workflow application that makes it easy to review and organize large numbers of photos.

Photon focuses on the front-end of the photo workflow process: ingest, review, and culling. Unlike other photo management applications that often require lengthy import steps before reviewing and organizing photos, Photon's intelligent on-demand caching engine makes full resolution views of your digital photos available within seconds.

Additionally, Photon's innovative "stacking" feature streamlines the process of organizing large batches of images by making it easy to quickly shuffle photos into separate stacks using a single keystroke.

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I'm curious whether it will support my Canon Powershot G9 using OS X 10.4.x. I'm not sure that I'll be able to upgrade to 10.5 in the near future. If not, why isn't this possible?

@mortimer :

The idea is, once you've got your images organized into stacks, you can save them back to disk. If you tend to organize your images by rating, you could create subfolders to separate keepers from the junk shots. Also, if you use an asset management app like Aperture or Lightroom you can export your stack to disk and then import into the asset management app of your choice.

Regarding performance: It sounds like you may have found a bug. You should definitely not be seeing the spinning beachball, and this is the first time I've heard about this behavior. If you'd like to help out, please contact me directly and I'd love to get more details: mike (at)


The stack interface is very interesting, nice concept and well implemented, but I am missing something... What can I do with a stack? i don't see anything, the interface is not straightforward there...

And, well, on a macbook dual core duo2, it's not fast at all, every time I do something (send a photo to a stack, move between stacks, etc. etc., I get 1s of beach ball... umpf.

very impressive. slick interface, small memory footprint, and fast. i dumped a folder with hundreds of 40mb+ files with virtually no wait for thumbnails to generate and instant access to full resolution view. i would like to see extended file management capabilities (to move, duplicate and delet files to trash) and fullscreen view, but in its current state it is a worthy app for image browsing.