Peakto is artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Mac software that promises to provide photographers with a comprehensive view of all their photos along with centralized, automated search across a host of previously incompatible editing platforms.
The software is developed by Cyme, the same company that produced the Avalanche photo migration software which converts one catalog of photos to another without losing any data.
The company says photographers have a problem with preserving their images. He alleges that there are often thousands of photos scattered across multiple drives and storage locations that often aren’t properly synced with each other or with cloud backups. Cyme also says that, until now, there was no centralized view or search that would encompass all the ways photographers find and organize their images since photo editing software options don’t communicate with each other.
Peakto 1.0 promises to sync all photos found in Apple Photos, Aperture, Lightroom Classic, Luminar 4/AI/Neo, Capture One, iView Media and standard photo folders on Mac. Cyme says it mirrors the entire original organizational structure of the photos (collections, folders, faces, annotations) so they look familiar and are always where they should be. It doesn’t matter if the software the photos were originally edited on is no longer supported, as in the case of Aperture: Peakto can still see that metadata and find those photos. A full compatibility list can be read on the company’s website.
The program always stays up to date and displays the latest version of each image, regardless of where changes are made to it. The company claims that all changes to a catalog are tracked, which includes additions, edits, annotations, or even changes in the structure of the library. Peakto does all of this without creating new copies of photos or changing any organization.
Peakto has two main features which it calls Panorama and Instants.
Panorama View uses AI-powered image recognition to automatically organize and reveal photos scattered across multiple editing apps and folders. The company says photographers no longer need to sort or annotate their photos to find all their images of landscapes, portraits or food, for example. Instead, Panorama automatically organizes all photos across multiple apps and locations by content, style, and color without changing the catalog organization.
Instants is what Cyme calls a “completely new concept” for photographers. The feature brings together a master file and all edited versions of the original to allow an editor to trace the path back to the original shot, or “the moment”. The idea is not only to be able to find the original photo, but to see it side by side with all its instances to view the editing history.
Cyme describes Peakto as “filtering and searching on steroids” because it can see all metadata that is attached to images and provides universal overview and search capabilities that it says are unique to the platform. Peakto can filter by camera model, lens, EXIF, IPTC, faces, flags, color tags, keywords, ratings, location, software, and by master file, and photographers can search using keywords automatically applied by AI on a multitude of photo catalogs.
Peakto is only available for Mac (where it’s optimized for macOS Ventura and Apple Silicon) and is available either as a one-time purchase for $189 or through a subscription that costs $10 per month or $100 per year.