Luminar Neo is one of my top editors, and Peakto is my very favorite cataloging app. Bringing the two together is a win-win for editors because one of the weaknesses of Neo is their catalog/database. It's been improved some, but it certainly can't compete with Lightroom or even Adobe Bridge.
That's fixed with today's release of Peakto, adding integration with Luminar Neo from Skylum.
Continuously synchronized, Peakto can mirror the latest versions of edited images in Luminar Neo. It automatically collates these edited versions with the originals, streamlining the process of resuming photo editing with a single click, eliminating the need to hunt for the correct file. With AI-powered ultra-precise organizational capabilities and powerful conversational search, Peakto complements the already outstanding photo editing tool that Luminar Neo is, making it a powerful partner for serious photo editors.
It's the AI in Peakto that makes such a difference. As I've pointed out before, you can search a database of thousands of images in a few seconds by describing the image. No keywords need to be applied. Peakto takes care of that automatically. It saved me the other day when I was looking for a photo of a tree with yellow leaves. It only took a few seconds to find it, then with a click, I could open the file in Neo.
You can get more complex. So, as an example, I asked for bridges at sunset. It found them.
So that power, paired with Neo (or Photoshop, Lightroom and many other editors), really changes and speeds up my workflow.
Here's some other notable features in this latest release:
- Unified Editing Interface: Whether images are stored in Apple Photos, on an external hard drive, or within photo editing software like Luminar Neo, Peakto brings them all together, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date view of all photos.
- Editing History Preservation: Peakto automatically compiles different versions of images, regardless of the editing software used. This enables users to revisit projects and apply new modifications easily.
- Automated Image Categorization: Peakto's AI categorizes images, allowing users to locate specific photos quickly or rediscover forgotten ones.
- Artistic Selections: Peakto automatically assigns aesthetic criteria to photos and offers a daily selection of images, enabling users to rediscover their pictures.
- Cross-Application Photo Annotations: Peakto introduces an annotation system encompassing flags, favorites, colors, and keywords. This functionality is unique because it applies to all images, regardless of their storage location or editing software.
Of course, as I mentioned, Peakto works with and can interact with a wide range of photo software, including Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Apple Photos, Luminar Neo, Capture One, Pixelmator Pro, DXO PhotoLab, DXO PureRAW, Aperture, iView Media, Instagram, and seamlessly integrated with all photo folders, Peakto is unique because of its non-invasive approach. It refrains from duplicating images or altering photo organization, making it very powerful for image management.
The only drawback is that Peakto is Mac only, and I know a lot of Windows based colleagues that would love to see a version for their favorite OS.
Peakto is available by subscription or one-time purchase on CYME.io and on the Mac App Store.
It can be tested for free for 15 days (no credit card required on CYME.io). Peakto is available on a monthly plan at $9.99/month, a new yearly plan at $59.99/year ($5 per month), or for an unlimited license at $189.
Peakto is optimized for M2 and requires macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later.