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mikejkay

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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2013, 03:08:19 PM »
Lichtgestalt - My Photo Index seems to fit the bill, I've been playing with it this weekend.  I don't anticipate having several thousand keywords/tags and, like LR, MPI allows tags to be nested.  MPI also allows you to select multiple photos using the usual MS ctrl/shift click and then drag a tag to the nearest selected photo and all the selected photos are tagged.  One click per tag. Just repeat for each tag.  I don't know yet how many tags are allowed per photo but I'm sure that I'll find out.  I'm up to five at the moment and this is enough.  So far I am very pleased with MPI.

MPI doesn't identify RAW photos but will open CRW and CR2 files. As the JPEG and RAW are set out in order it's easy to see which is which.  I have my RAW photos in a sub-directory of a specific group.  More importantly the database is an mdb file and is not huge, nor is a separate copy of the imported photos kept.  My main concern now is that I spend a lot of time tagging years of saved photos only to find a nasty bug lurking in the background.

For a freeware program MPI is absolutely brilliant.  I don't agree at all that you have to pay for a program for it to be good.  For example Firefox and Thunderbird are, and always have been superior to IE. With a commercial product there is pressure to develop to the point of the program becoming unweildy and bloatware.  There's plenty of rubbish out there. The current trend for annual charges for software isn't going to help.

Many thanks for your help and to everyone else.

P.S. I tried to download a trial copy of LR but wasn't able to.
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Re: Cataloging
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2013, 04:15:51 PM »
I've also got 14 years worth of digital photos to deal with!

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.
Are you aware that you can download Lightroom from an American online store and pay American price?
Where I live Lightroom costs $250 ... so I bought it online from B&H and paid only $79 ... just look for special deals that come by and you can buy it at $79 ... I think it is well worth the money for your 14 years of invaluable efforts.

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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2013, 04:44:56 PM »
I've also got 14 years worth of digital photos to deal with!

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.
Are you aware that you can download Lightroom from an American online store and pay American price?
Where I live Lightroom costs $250 ... so I bought it online from B&H and paid only $79 ... just look for special deals that come by and you can buy it at $79 ... I think it is well worth the money for your 14 years of invaluable efforts.

I agree, Lightroom is excellent at managing photos, but it is a even better editor.  Download it, take the online lessons, and try it.   It is not something that you can learn by trial and error, its very powerful, and you need to learn what it can do to make your life simpler.  It was developed using input from professional photographers who may have millions of photos to track, it can handle any job.
 
Many people download it and giver up because they don't learn to use it efficiently or even understand what it can do.  Don't fall into that trap.

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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 06:50:20 AM »
Buy from the US?  Not currently.  Then there are delivery charges, UK VAT and import duty although I presume that these won't apply if I download the software.  Brings up another problem.  Would I be able or even allowed to burn a copy of the software to CD?
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Re: Cataloging
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2013, 09:58:25 AM »
I'm using apple aperture. It does also a very nice job at cataloging photos.

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« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2013, 10:09:09 AM »
I'm using apple aperture. It does also a very nice job at cataloging photos.

but difficult for him to use with a windows pc....

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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2013, 01:32:04 PM »
Buy from the US?  Not currently.  Then there are delivery charges, UK VAT and import duty although I presume that these won't apply if I download the software.  Brings up another problem.  Would I be able or even allowed to burn a copy of the software to CD?
Yes! ... you can download the software and are "allowed to burn a copy of the software to CD" or copy it on to a USB stick for your future personal use ... it doesn't matter if you want to burn a million copies of that software, what matters is the activation code, which is meant to be used only by you to activate Lightroom.
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« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2013, 02:57:58 PM »
Rienzphotoz - thanks for that.  I will see if I can get an evaluation copy of LR and have a go.
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« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2013, 03:11:12 PM »
Rienzphotoz - thanks for that.  I will see if I can get an evaluation copy of LR and have a go.
I'd verify that you can buy it from Adobe online from outside the USA using US dollars.  The credit card you use and your IP will tell them where you are, and if they restrict purchases, you will have to try a different route. 

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« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2013, 02:10:20 PM »
Rienzphotoz - thanks for that.  I will see if I can get an evaluation copy of LR and have a go.
I'd verify that you can buy it from Adobe online from outside the USA using US dollars.  The credit card you use and your IP will tell them where you are, and if they restrict purchases, you will have to try a different route.
First I downloaded the evaluation copy of Lighroom from Adobe USA without any problem (the site asked me to choose the country in the drop down menu and I choose USA) ... before the free trail period got over I purchased lightroom from B&H online store, using a credit card issued in Qatar ... after that I got an email within minutes with the activation code and I activated, my copy of lightroom free trial version, with that code without any problem whatsoever (in the past I had also purchased lightroom 3 & 4 online from USA ... lightroom 3 was purchased using a credit card issued in India) ...  see the attached screen shot from B&H online store (right now the price is $149 ... but there have been deals for $99).
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Re: Cataloging
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