What do you use to organize pictures? January 28, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in computers, life.
I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for several years now. I’m not a pro, but it gets the job done. I’m starting to move over to the Vista version of Windows I’ve discovered that Elements 3.0 doesn’t install. Well, the base version does, but none of the updates (why did you do that Adobe!?). I would guess the things I need the most are:
- Must be comfortable with 25,000 and growing pictures (about 45 gigabytes of image files).
- Tag my photos, and the ability to store that tag info directly in the JPG for uploading to Flicker. I would not be such a big user of Flickr without this program.
- Cropping the photos
- Being able to drag a photo from the interface directly onto another application or an explorer window to copy the photos.
- Minor adjustments to the photo (adjusting contrast, etc.).
- Last is using the reduced version of photo shop for read image editing. But I’ve done that only about 4 times in the 2 or 3 years I’ve had this program.
There are lots of improvements I’d like to see, however. Among them are the way you apply tags. I have almost 1000 tags. Also, my tags are big things (like names of people, places). I really like Flickr’s trend of tagging smaller things (like “wood table”, etc.) — the effort required to create a new tag “on-the-fly” is too much for that in Adobe’s 3.0 version.
On top of all of that, I’ve gotten a bit annoyed at Adobe for there Acrobat package (version 7.0’s license terms were such that if I were to legally buy it for all of the places I use it, it would cost over $1000 bucks, which is crazy when I just need to reorganize pages, add, remove, from a pre-existing PDF and create new PDF’s from postscript). So I thought I’d look around.
I know about the following
- Elements 5.0 — I’ll probably go back to this
- Picasa — Google’s image. Looks like it doesn’t do tagging from the stuff on the net.
- Adobe Lightroom — looks interesting, but probably more $$ than I’m willing to pay and its workflow isn’t really focused on someone like me.
All of them seem to have demo or are free, so I can try them out (in a virtual machine with horrible performance!). Anything else I’m missing or should try out?