In reply to Lichtgestalt AC/DC photo manager is not free neither is Photo Mechanic. I don't want some bloated, complicated software, I want a simple program to do a simple job.
i am well aware they are not free.
that´s why i wrote that you have to reduce your expectations for FREE software... if you get what i mean.
or in other words, when these apps are not good enough, you will (imo) have a hard time finding a freeware program that´s good enough.
you seem to have very specific expectations, as all mentioned programs are not your taste.
one thing to keep in mind thought, when you have a lot of images to catalog it is better to have a program that helps you keywording. a simple tool like you mentioned may look good at first glance. but when you have to do 5x more clicks it´s not economic.
and £95 .... what is your time worth?
LR for example has a few features that helped me a lot to keyword my dia scans (18000+ dias scanned and keyworded over the periode of 3 years).
my keyword list is sure not the biggest but it has grown to 12000+ keywords.
it´s nice to organize keywords in sets. LR offers suggestions based on other keyworded images etc.
trust those who have done keywording for a while.
anyway... good luck in your journey.