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Woodcreeper
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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:06PM
I'm interested in what everyone is using as their image cataloging software. I've dabbled with Extensis Portfolio, but didn't like it much, and have been using Nikon View 6.x for the past year which I'm somewhat happy with.
I'd like to have maximum renaming abilities based on EXIF data, something that Nikon View doesn't do beyond the time of initial download. I'd also like to be able to create new folders for each date, and sort all images from that date into the appropriate folder. I also want to be able to view all the thumbnails for all my images even if they're stored on external drives and media that are not directly connected, but display the location of the photo so I can find it (hence catalog). This is something that Nikon View does NOT do at all. Is this too much to ask?

Oh, yeah, and free would be best. HA! That'll be the day...maybe for you Mac folks (gotta love the Mac community)

Cheers

David
Woodcreeper
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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:11PM
This may be more appropriate for the Photoshop etc. forum...so I apologize in advance.
P_Wei
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 3:13PM
The other option is Canto Software's Cumulous 6
Canto



But my favorite cataloging software is Portfolio 7. It's much more improved since version 6 plus the web gallery features are rather good.
You can paste your own custom HTML into their template too.
Version 7 support EXIF editing and cataloging (so if you wanted to see every shot you made using a 100mm lens at f2.8 on Dec. 31st, 2004...you can instantly pull it up.) It's a great program once you dive deeper into it and have someone show you some workflow examples.

Portfolio has:
-Thumbnails for offline viewing.
-collect for CD and archiving...will also include a portable catalog.
-RAW and EXIF support
-Finder and hard drive reorganization by folders...meaning what you organize on the database can re-collect your hard drive files into a neat. organized folders..

I watched their demo at macworld and it got me sold to upgrade my version 6. It's actually rather good.


Extensis Portfolio



(Edited on 2005-01-25 03:23:04 by P_Wei)
Mattboy_Slim
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2005 10:44PM
Give Google Picasa a try. I'm not sure of the features, since I've not used it any longer than 2 minutes myself, but here is a link:

http://www.picasa.com/
kickstand
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:21PM
So far iView Media Pro is my favorite.
dra_schwartz
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:01PM
You may want to read this article by Nick Rains:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/software/Imatch.shtml.

(Edited on 2005-01-27 03:06:17 by dra_schwartz)
Woodcreeper
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:07PM
Thanks for giving me some leads; I'm going to check them all out.
I'm currently playing with ThumbsPlus v.7 from Cerious. It's not very pretty, but it seems to do a good job. I just wish there were a better keyword interface, like where you could have a single word that would represent a whole list of keywords. Such as typing "Everglades" would pull up a whole list of words that I have pre-defined for all of my Everglades pictures (such as National,Park,Florida,Homestead,nature,etc. etc.)

I'll check out Picasa and some of the other recommendations ASAP.

thanks again- and feel free to keep this thread going to bounce new ideas around.

cheers



(Edited on 2005-01-27 06:12:39 by Woodcreeper)
matt_scherf
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:09PM
I can't offer tips on any useful cataloging software, but I can say that Adobe's Photoshop Album is an abomination that should never have been released.

kickstand
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:22PM

You may want to read this article by Nick Rains:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/software/Imatch.shtml.


Ugh. I tried iMatch, based on that article. While it is cheap, it is very counter-intuitive to use and very slow, compared to iView Media Pro. And it seems to have roughly the same feature set. Maybe it's worth paying 1/4 the price of iView, but I just hate using poorly designed software.
P_Wei
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:16PM
and that review is based off of Portfolio 6.
Portfolio 7 is lightyears better.
dbphotos
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Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:45PM
I've had quite a few pro photogs recommend acdsee7. I just purchased it myself. After I use it for a while I'll post my thoughts.

(Edited on 2005-01-30 01:49:36 by dbphotos)
fulcrumsf
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Posted Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:02PM
Google's Picasa 2 is great, and Free at the moment. I quick 5 minute read me file will get you up and going in no time. Very easy learning curve, yet has alot of support and functionality.

Some cool functions:

-Support for Captions and Keyword via IPTC

-Exif Data

-labeling system, good for creating themes, or galleries

-Export image gallery as a webpage

-editing photo's without affecting orignal, you can also close the program come back 2 weeks later and undo all the edits. Used for simple edits.

And it uses the google search engine to search through your images!!

http://www.picasa.com/

(Edited on 2005-01-31 09:07:09 by fulcrumsf)

(Edited on 2005-01-31 09:14:36 by fulcrumsf)
stressone
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Posted Wed Feb 2, 2005 5:45AM
Newer vesions of ACDSee, IMO, feel sluggish. The older vesions, like ACDSee32, are exceptionally good if you are just looking for a good viewer.

I would suggest something like BreezeBrowser or, like Kickstand said-- iView Media Pro. Both of these are excellent!

I use them both. BreezeBrowser on my PC and iView Media Pro on my Mac.

I've also heard good things about Irfanview which, btw, is free.

There are many options available...

(Edited on 2005-02-02 06:02:36 by stressone)

(Edited on 2005-02-02 06:05:33 by stressone)
photographerc
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Posted Wed Feb 2, 2005 8:04PM
I'm trying to find something to replace ACDSee 7. They keep piling on new features without ever fixing the old ones. Everytime I run it, it seems like my machine gives me an increasing your paging file message. It would be great if it just did what it was supposed too, but there are too many little annoyances (like acquire has now become this kludgy "synchronize").

Can't recommend ACDSee.
MarkAhn_Photography
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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2005 7:41AM
I use a combination of the Photoshop browser (to see RAW files) and iView Multimedia Pro. I haven't tried any other apps because iView does everything I need it to do and then some. Killer app! Starting to get a bit pricey tho'...but then again, I'm sort of a cheap bastard
joe32780
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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2005 8:38AM
I use I-View Media Pro 2, and like it...lots of flexibility, and a you can assign keywords to customize searches....very flexible.
kickstand
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Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 6:55AM

iView does everything I need it to do and then some.


Well, I'd like to see iView Media Pro display histograms. Then it would do everything I need it to do.

(If it does display histograms, somebody tell me how to see them!)
joe32780
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Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 7:20AM
iView does not show histograms, but I use photoshop CS for all of my editing, and use iView mostly for cataloging and searching, which it does very well.






iView does everything I need it to do and then some.


Well, I'd like to see iView Media Pro display histograms. Then it would do everything I need it to do. ;-)

(If it does display histograms, somebody tell me how to see them!)

shapecharge
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Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 10:33AM
i heard some saying that fotostation is quite good
kickstand
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Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005 11:39AM

iView does not show histograms, but I use photoshop CS for all of my editing, and use iView mostly for cataloging and searching


Of course. But when using iView for selecting a raw image for editing, it would be helpful and useful to see comparative histograms.
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