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09/14/2005 01:18:46 PM · #1
I'm trying to get a good batabase program to store my photographs, it must have good search facilities. Can anyone recommend a good, easy to use program
09/14/2005 01:50:41 PM · #2
Using as Mac, PC, or both?
09/14/2005 01:52:58 PM · #3
Sorry i'm using xp
09/14/2005 01:55:46 PM · #4
Not a true database but cool tool, and free..
Picasa2
09/14/2005 02:00:52 PM · #5
I recently downloaded IMATCH 3 but it's not what I want. I need a database that will store photos and is user friendly for searching etc.
09/14/2005 02:04:21 PM · #6
Originally posted by nialljallen:

Sorry i'm using xp


I'm sorry.
09/14/2005 02:10:21 PM · #7
OK this could get very longwinded. I'm not sorry I'm using xp, I'm sorry i didn't mention it. so here we go again!!!!!!
I have a pc that's running windows xp.
So far so good.
Can anyone recommend a good photographic database that stores photos and is very user friendly?
After all I am a PADDY!!!!!!

Message edited by author 2005-09-14 14:13:22.
09/14/2005 02:12:46 PM · #8
I think Extensis Portfolio and Adobe Photoshop Gallery do this, maybe also ASee/DSee (or however it's spelled) and BreezeBrowser have this functionality. I'd suggest searching at cnet.com, where you can read reviews and download software.
09/14/2005 02:14:10 PM · #9
For that matter, you could use a real database program like Access and make it store whatever you want. But I don't find much of anything on a PC to be "user-friendly."
09/14/2005 02:16:28 PM · #10
iView MediaPro
09/14/2005 02:33:47 PM · #11
I use extensis portfolio 7. One of the best purchases I ever made. It handles everything except editing. I have over 50,000 images in my database & it takes mere seconds to search on many criteria such as any EXIF information, date, edit status, assigned keywords, file type or any custom created field. Searches can be saved as custom galleries that update in real time.

It also does file conversions, html creation for web pages, and creation of distributable cds with built-in browsers with any included info. It burns from the application for easy backups.
09/14/2005 02:51:59 PM · #12
I use Photoshop Elements 3.0 to both "Tag" all my photos for easy searching later and organize them into "collections" such as July 4th, New Years Party. Both these features work very well in PSE and it has a built-in editor.

Otherwise you could use an online photo storage such as Flickr.
10/01/2005 08:06:35 PM · #13
Hi all, I know this thread has been cold for a while. However, it is a topic near and dear to me at present. I'm pretty new to this digital photo game. I have about 4000 images (mostly junk) and I have 9000 slides - many of which I wish to scan. I'm currently sing ACDSEE to organise my images but find it a bit unstable. I would be interested in what people use in the Windows XP environment to manage their images and more broadly what people feel about file titling, calssification schemes etc. to allow for effective storage and retrieval of images. If this is all 'old hat' just point me a a link (or an orange book) and I will go away.
10/01/2005 09:10:58 PM · #14
If you're serious about databasing your images, why aren't you serious about your operating system? First stop using windows, then decide which of the many working solutions freely available to use. If you must use windows, expect to have to put up with badly supported or expensive buggy crap. After all, think about it - what sort of software developer would make free software for windows? One who wants to do everything he can't otherwise, and help others to do so, or one who wants to make a good cut of profit from the demographic that doesn't know better?
10/03/2005 10:12:30 PM · #15
Would you like to mention some of these freely available solutions? also perhaps suggest some of the "badly supported or expensive buggy crap" so I and maybe others can avoid?.
10/24/2005 11:01:21 AM · #16
I too am looking for a Windows based program to store and retrieve my photos. I guess the right thing to say is "bumb"?

Greg
10/24/2005 11:24:33 AM · #17
Originally posted by BikerGreg:

I too am looking for a Windows based program to store and retrieve my photos. I guess the right thing to say is "bumb"?

Greg


I think you were looking for "bump" :)

Anyways, I just started using ACDSee for categorizing my photos becasue I'm trying to get organized for starting on a couple stock sites. I've only had it for about 5 days now, but for what I can see it works pretty well. I certainly don't know about much of the advanced functionalities, but the categories and 1-5 rating system are awsome, as is the search feature. Another thing I haven't tried yet is the 'acquire photos' yet, since it can mess with the EXIF and I also aren't storing my photos directly on my computer.

There are a handful of other threads floating around here on ACDSee, and a search will pick them up, they also have a trial available so you can check it out before you buy it.

//www.acdsystems.com/
10/29/2005 02:32:47 PM · #18
have "F-Album" and it will do all you want it too. AND you can "Re-name" your source CD (in program tree) so if you have 5 CD notebook type holders. You can name a source CD something like: "Album 1 - CD-Oct2005-Marys BDay"

Also on the image properties tab, anything you add in the SUBJECT or COMMENT space is searcable. ALSO you can have unlimited catagories for each group of photos.
Check it out
//www.enins.com/f-album/

Main View
//www.enins.com/f-album/Shots/shot-00.jpg

Image Info Tab //www.enins.com/f-album/Shots/shot-05.jpg

It keeps a thumbnail database on your HD so you can free up your HD frpm the originals
Peter
11/13/2005 12:44:43 PM · #19
Thought it was worthwhile posting about Thumbsplus from Cerious software. I have been using it for years as a catalog and general photo utility software. It can catalog CDs and keeps thumbs and other info in a built-in (Access format) or SQL database.

It's a great little viewer and file management program that does RAW and can do batch operations as well. It's not the be-all end-all of such programs (I am still looking for that!), but definitely worthwhile having.

And I got an email from them today saying they are having a 1/2 price sale on it. (It's shareware, so you can try before you buy, but I guess that depends on how long the sale is.)

One other thing I'll say about this operation, having dealt with them for years is that they are very responsive and personal in their relationships with users. Yet professional all the way.

Give it a try.

//www.cerious.com

(Disclaimer: I have no relationship with the company other than being a long term user and a frequent beta tester for them.)


11/13/2005 12:48:42 PM · #20
I'm using iMATCH 3.4 which for searching and classification I find really good. It can manage all my 53,000 images.

It doesn't store them, it stores a thumbnail and pointers off to the DVD collection.
11/13/2005 01:10:02 PM · #21
Using the ZoomBrowser software I get with my camera..
pretty good to use
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