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Cataloging
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:37:19 AM »
Can anyone point me in the direction of a simple program that can tag photgraph files with things like subject, location and EXIF data? Not hugely expensive, in fact freeware/shareware would be preferable!
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 10:34:33 AM »
what do you consider to be simple?

My vote goes to Adobe Lightroom ;) It's not freeware nor shareware, it's about 100 eur, but it's totaly worth it
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013, 01:49:48 PM »
Photo Mechanic?

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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013, 02:30:07 PM »
Cid...........as simple as me!  Basically I want to be able to annotate and sort my photos and then be able to search on subject, location etc.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2013, 03:02:42 PM »
Photo Mechanic looks as though it might don the job.  Thanks for that.
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2013, 07:05:20 AM »
Tried AD/DC - no good
Tried Photo Mechanic - no good
Tried Picasa - discarded because of the limited number of tags allowed and because of the peculiar tree structure.
Now trying My Photo Index which seems to do what I want it to.
In an ideal world I want to be able to go into Windows Explorer, right click on a photo and have a drop down list of tags with tick boxes that I can select. I then want to be able to search on the tags.
Simples........no.
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2013, 07:36:01 AM »
what do you consider to be simple?

My vote goes to Adobe Lightroom ;) It's not freeware nor shareware, it's about 100 eur, but it's totaly worth it

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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2013, 07:59:56 AM »
Try power exif editor by opanda
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2013, 08:02:06 AM »
Tried AD/DC - no good
Tried Photo Mechanic - no good
Tried Picasa - discarded because of the limited number of tags allowed and because of the peculiar tree structure.

ROTFL... so if you search a free tool you better reduce you expectations!

try LR it´s a good DAM solution for a single workplace.


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In an ideal world I want to be able to go into Windows Explorer, right click on a photo and have a drop down list of tags with tick boxes that I can select.

with a growing keyword database it´s not that easy anymore.. a "dropdown menu" will not cut the cake.
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2013, 08:02:41 AM »
Another vote for Adobe Lightroom.

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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2013, 08:21:48 AM »
I'm a software engineer and in working to manage customer/user expectations, we have a saying - almost an axiom, actually:  "You can get it cheap, you can get it fast, you can get it right/good.  Pick any two. Getting all three is not an option."

Lightroom is the way to go my friend. At $79.00 it is eminently affordable and while I'm not familiar with any of the freeware/shareware options, I'd bet my next mortgage payment that it will blow the socks off any thing you're going to find that you don't have to pay for.

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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2013, 09:10:45 AM »
In an ideal world I want to be able to go into Windows Explorer, right click on a photo and have a drop down list of tags with tick boxes that I can select. I then want to be able to search on the tags.

As far as I can tell, you can do the searching but not the tagging with Windows Explorer.  See this link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa965711%28v=vs.85%29.aspx  Here's an example query:  tags:"january 2013*"

Also, maybe Digikam: http://www.digikam.org/node/700


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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2013, 11:03:28 AM »
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.

My Photo Index allows for nested tags but this requires multiple clicks.  Before anyone pops up to say I'm lazy, they are right I am lazy but I've also got 14 years worth of digital photos to deal with!

I envisage that on clicking on a photo in Windows Explorer the photo appears as a thumbnail which would leave the est of the screen for tags and click boxes and maybe even a free form text box.

Also, $79 is approximately £50.  Unfortunately American software companies seem to use the reciprocal of the exchange rate when pricing for the UK.  I haven't been able to find Lightroom (5) for less than £95 in the UK.
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Re: Cataloging
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2013, 09:09:47 AM »
Orangutan - thanks for pointing me to Digikam.  I've had a look and unfortunately I don't think that it fits the bill.  The program requires that either you put all your images into a Digikam folder(s) or that you make duplicates and I simly do not have the space even with two 1TB drives on my laptop.  Also, it seems to be very flaky, crashed twice within the space of a few minutes.  I don't want to go through all the angst of catalogging my collection only to find that the program loses files/folders or is unreliable or in some way limited.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2013, 10:45:41 AM »
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. ;)
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2013, 10:45:41 AM »