Cullinator Lets You Sort and Edit Photos Using a Video Game Controller


Photographer Ed Pingol was sick of battling carpal tunnel every time he needed to cull or edit photos in Lightroom. So instead, he developed the Cullinator, a software app for Mac that pairs perfectly with an attachable gaming controller to keep you editing and culling ergonomically for hours without fatigue.

Here’s a short demo in which Pingol shows you just how quickly he can sort and label photos using the controller:

Of course, you could go the DIY route and program your own software for a PC or Mac-compatible gaming controller. But if that’s not your cup of tea, the Cullinator packages Pingol is offering over on the product’s website have you covered.

You can choose to purchase the Cullinator + Editor package for $129 or just get the Cullinator for $50, with an upgrade to add the editor costing another $79. The first package comes with the controller and Mac app that will allow you to both sort and edit your photos in Lightroom 4; the second only offers sorting capabilities for $79 less; and the third is an editor upgrade for those that chose to start off by only buying the sorting package.

Regardless of the package you choose, your order will ship in a little over a month on March 29th. So if you’re not interested in doing any programming and a gaming solution to your Lightroom culling and editing needs sounds like a brilliant idea, head over to the Cullinator website to pre-order your own.

Cullinator (via SLR Lounge via DIYPhotography)

  • slantyyz

    An app like Joystick Mapper in the Mac App store is available for $5. You can use that in conjunction with any controller like a Wiimote or PS3 controller (wired or wireless) to do the same. Joystick mapper maps the buttons of a joystick to keyboard functions. On Windows, you can use JoyToKey to do the same, which is free.

  • Bruck Assefa

    There is a few free programs out there that let you control the sliders in Lightroom using the knobs on a MIDI controller which I see as much more useful than this.

  • Joakim Bidebo

    Once again someone make a “new” tool that is meant for photos and over price it. Had to try JoyToKey, works perfect and should maybe see myself using it in the future.

    Just hope none get fouled and buy it.

  • Cy Leow

    My goodness,what a TERRIBLE marketing video! And the web site… ouch ;) Seriously!

  • Brandon

    Two Mac programs ‘Enjoy’ and ‘USBOverdrive’ are Mac compatible and can be used to program a game controller to do the same thing. Both are compatible with OSX 10.7.

  • Miles Baltrusaitis

    That’s an awesome idea. I’ve got a M-Audio Axiom 25 that would be perfect. Any links you could share?