I know there are tons. Some like iViewMediaPro, others like Photo Mechanic, some just use Photoshop browser, or Adobe Bridge, etc. I've been using PhotoGrid to quickly sort through my photos from any given shoot and erase the bad ones. This is for jpegs only, I don't know if it reads NEFs.
I'm looking for a new browser for images. PhotoGrid doesn't display all of the EXIF data, and doesn't allow me to erase images when I'm looking at them in the slide show. I have to stop the slide show and go back to the preview grid view and find the one I was just looking at full-screen in the slide show to erase it. It can be very hard to differentiate from 10 photos of the same scene when looking at little thumbnails (taken with VR in hopes of finding the sharpest photo of the bunch later). It is easier to see your keeper when you are looking at it full frame. Just one of a couple gripes.
What are peoples favorite software for the organizing/eliminating stage of their workflow? I'd say for me the things it needs are:
1. SPEED, needs to be FAST, even on my old 1.25GHZ powerbook (so Aperature is OUT). 2. EXIF data displayed 3. Ability to scroll through images fast at full-screen, and erase them.
I am also at that stage where images are piling up fast. I just have them organized in a folders by their shoot date on my HD. I have not got into keywords for images or any of that, but now that I have 20-some thousand images, is it time for more organization?
I would have to say my favorite browser so far has bean Photo Mechanic. This software is very efficient and fast with lots of tricks up its sleeves to get your shots through the initial editing process as fast as possible.
I also really like Nikon View although it is a bit to slow on the Apple platform and even more so now with D2X & D200 NEF’s.
For initial evaluation and editing, Adobe Bridge. It takes a while for it to first read the files and build previews, but once that's done you can zip through large preview images and either apply a rating or delete the file immediately.
For organizing large numbers of files (I have more than 75 gigs in my catalog) by keyword, ranking, date, etc., etc.,: iView MediaPro.
An update is imminent (was due < Christmas but got delayed). The new update supposedly includes a much easier GUI, although the existing GUI isn't bad. The "problem" is that iMatch has LOTS of useful features and excellent extensibility capabilities.