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What do you use to organize pictures? January 28, 2007

Posted 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?



1. Andrew Underwood - January 29, 2007

I use ACDSee, it works smoothly on my machine and it’s been around forever. I’m just used to it. Not sure if it has tagging features… but it can categorize. I’m not using the latest version though so that might be something they’ve put in since I got it.

2. agm - January 29, 2007

flickr uploadr for tagged batch uploading (including creating new albums with all photos having the same tag and review of the upload in a confirmation webpage for further tagging and label editing), and batch processing operatings via the web interface. it’s good enough for management of a couple of hundred new photos per week, once you adapt to the interfaces and always select to batch edit.

3. gordonwatts - January 29, 2007

agm – how do you organize the photos you don’t upload to Flickr (I’ve got about x10 more photos than what gets uploaded to Flickr)? I use most of those tools you talk about as well, along with Photoshop Elements.

I’d not heard of ACDSee before — looks cool and the price is cheap. It has these things called “Catagories” but I’m not sure if they get written out to the jpg file. Only one way to find out — they have a free download. I’ll check it out, thanks!

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