« on: November 06, 2013, 12:15:48 PM »
A) It doesn't display in albums like iPhoto or her old Windows did (Windows via pulling the first image in the folder in grid view)
The grid view is an option in the Library module of LR.
B) "How do you put something on Facebook" - the fact that you have to export something seems to confuse her. I think if I setup the Facebook Publishing that'd help, but for other things she might still be confused that she has to export. I'll give this one to Apple, they do have a well integrated entity passing framework that makes it pretty straightforward to have one application push/pull types of files to another
There is an option to export to Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, as well as many others. Some are native to LR and others require a plugin.
C) She feels very intimidated by it as it's "meant for professional photographers"
I understand that and I agree with Neuro's comments earlier that it can be clunky. The UI can be intimidating at first. I took the "tour" that Adobe opens up once you install it and that helped me quite a bit. From there, it's about exploring the various modules and using trial and error to see what effects they might have.
From what I'm reading, if she's a Mac user, Aperture is probably a better fit. She can't go wrong with either one, it comes down to what she's comfortable with.
Also, I've played with DxO and it's fine. They claim that since they grade all the camera's and lenses that their corrections are the best in the industry. I'm not sure I agree with that statement, but that's what they say. I found that it lacked some of the editing tools that LR and Aperture had. For example, there isn't any spot healing or brushes to change exposure in a certain area. You can adjust the entire image with DxO, but the adjustments are not as granular as they with LR and Aperture.