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Astec123 Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
As I've taken to doing some hardcore sorting of my files and reducing the amount of space my files are taking up while weeding out duplicates, I think it's about time I tackle my image collection. I've got 1000s of family photos, outing and trip photos that I want to sort it to some sensible layout. These have been taken over the years through various cameras as well as images that have been scanned in from film covering about 50years.

Therefore, the simple sort by date or tagging process for irfanview or similar programs is not practical as the oldest photos don't have dates as many were scanned to digital in the last few years and tagging will take an age remembering where photos have been taken. Additionally, it's not helped by the fact that there are lots of duplicate images

I would like to know if anyone has used or knows of any software which will allow me view the image and click a hot key to sent it into a pre specified folder. ie pressing the "1" key will send the image to folder 1, pressing the "2" key to folder 2 and so on.

What I would like to achieve is to break the files into sub folders to make it more progressively more manageable. ie if I can move all the holiday photos from the years into a separate folder quickly and easily, I can then repeat to sort through that folder and place the images into the relevant individual holiday folders.

My plan is that once this is done, I can send a copy to all the rest of the family and hopefully ask they identify where galleries were taken where I cannot and help sort any remaining files that are not already sorted.

To explain the level of problem I have to deal with 9000+ images on just one hard disk. There are more elsewhere that I've yet to even look at. Therefore tagging images in a program is less desirable than just one key press to move and then move on.
Astec123 Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
For me it would be just as easy to create photobucket account - create separate folders and password protect them - then upload relevant photos to relevant folders (I believe bulk tagging is possible via photobucket)

Why use photobucket? it's online - if your hard drive dies or your storage media fails you have a backup on photobucket and sending folder or individual photo links to others is easy

Just remember to password protect the folders
#2
dcx_badass
Awful advice, photobucket destroys photos with it's horrendous quality, it's useless.

suggest you educate yourself... try this Original Photo Information (Hi-Res Uploads)

Why are originals so great?

To understand this, you need to understand what originals are, and how they are stored on our site. Your original photos are your photos in their original state when uploaded from your PC/Phone/Camera, without any resizing or compression done to them.


Edited By: philphil61 on Jul 13, 2014 22:42
#3
philphil61
For me it would be just as easy to create photobucket account - create separate folders and password protect them - then upload relevant photos to relevant folders (I believe bulk tagging is possible via photobucket)

Why use photobucket? it's online - if your hard drive dies or your storage media fails you have a backup on photobucket and sending folder or individual photo links to others is easy

Just remember to password protect the folders

As I've said, I want a quick process, uploading even on a fibre connection is going to take considerable time and even more sorting it all by click and dragging and making folders. I'm looking for a quick way to sort to various folders. I've tried the main photo management tools and none offer a quick press X to move to folder A and press y to send to folder B option.

dcx_badass
philphil61
For me it would be just as easy to create photobucket account - create separate folders and password protect them - then upload relevant photos to relevant folders (I believe bulk tagging is possible via photobucket)

Why use photobucket? it's online - if your hard drive dies or your storage media fails you have a backup on photobucket and sending folder or individual photo links to others is easy

Just remember to password protect the folders

Awful advice, photobucket destroys photos with it's horrendous quality, it's useless.


OP, I recommend alldup for finding duplicates, it will do it on any file type even if a different name and date (select byte by byte comparison).
http://www.alldup.de/alldup_help/alldup.htm

Dupes are a minor issue by comparison getting some structure to sorting it all. Thus looking for a program to take the pain out of it. If all fails I'll have to program something but I'm sure something must already exist.
#4
I use Google Picasa. You can sort photos into albums or folders.
#5
Probably not as advanced as you are looking for but I have a small app called Picture Sorter (no instal required). It can be pointed at a folder and move every file in it to a folder of your choice and will create A-Z folders.. It can deal with thousands of images very quickly. It will also rename or delete duplicates, whichever you choose.

Not ideal but a handy wee program.

I dont know of any that add a context menu.
#6
what's your operating system? that makes a big difference in any advice people can give
#7
install cubic explorer (everyone should have the file explorer imho)

then create all your folders 1,2,3,4 etc etc

then open them all in TABS and save this as a Session

click on the session and this opens all your folders and go to your main photo folder and view them as large photos and just drag them into their correct tabs (tip: use the CTRL key whilst clicking multiple photos to drag multiples to a folder and drag use right mouse button to do a MOVE rather than a COPY)

also use ccleaner to weed out duplicates first

http://www.cubicreality.com/ce/

the best sort sequence for folder names is CCYY-MM-DD-Sample Name as then they wil always be in date order

I then used file renamer to batch assign names to each file within each folder

i.e IMAGE001 became CCYY-MM-DD-Sample Name 0001, IMAGE002 became CCYY-MM-DD-Sample Name 0002 etc etc

http://www.sherrodcomputers.com/products_FileRenamer.cfm



Take a backup before commencing all these changes and keep for a few months after in case you have deleted something you shouldnt




Edited By: chocci on Jul 14, 2014 07:31
#8
I have used Visipics for sorting through large numbers of images and then giving you the option to delete duplicates.
#9
De-duplicate first, saves you doing things twice. Plenty of apps for that, I've done it on my system with 170,000 shots reducing to 150k :)

Don't mix things up thinking you'll move back in to individual folders, it's impossible top do. I do Photos/Year/Event/image.jpg ie photos/2014/New York/dsc1000.jpg, face tag in picasa, then in picasa drop images on map to gps tag roughly to city level, in Lightroom import gps tagged & it will reverse-geocode them all automatic, filling in city, country etc. Don't do it manually you'll go mad-Lightroom did them batch mode, 100s at a time.

Once everything is tagged then you can make selections based on location, date, tags etc and group them like that, it's much much easier and far less work.

Edited By: dancedar on Jul 14, 2014 11:02
#10
visipics doesnt seem to work on my win 8.1 but i found this instead http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo.html
Only started playing with it, so trying to find out if it can move all duplicate photos to separate folder automaticly rather than deleting them although i can move them individually once found i think. Apparently its checking the actual picture not just the file name although ill have to check that.


Edited By: Denbi on Jul 15, 2014 13:37
#11
Denbi
visipics doesnt seem to work on my win 8.1 but i found this instead http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo.html
Only started playing with it, so trying to find out if it can move all duplicate photos to separate folder automaticly rather than deleting them although i can move them individually once found i think. Apparently its checking the actual picture not just the file name although ill have to check that.

http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo-features.html
#12
chocci
install cubic explorer (everyone should have the file explorer imho)

then create all your folders 1,2,3,4 etc etc

then open them all in TABS and save this as a Session

click on the session and this opens all your folders and go to your main photo folder and view them as large photos and just drag them into their correct tabs (tip: use the CTRL key whilst clicking multiple photos to drag multiples to a folder and drag use right mouse button to do a MOVE rather than a COPY)

also use ccleaner to weed out duplicates first

http://www.cubicreality.com/ce/

the best sort sequence for folder names is CCYY-MM-DD-Sample Name as then they wil always be in date order

I then used file renamer to batch assign names to each file within each folder

i.e IMAGE001 became CCYY-MM-DD-Sample Name 0001, IMAGE002 became CCYY-MM-DD-Sample Name 0002 etc etc

http://www.sherrodcomputers.com/products_FileRenamer.cfm



Take a backup before commencing all these changes and keep for a few months after in case you have deleted something you shouldnt




Possibly the closest thing to what I'm after so far, I'll have to give it a whirl thanks. Not ideal but a bit easier than the windows explorer route or other management software for now. I cant believe that something like this doesn't exist, I think I'll have to consider programming something up.

dancedar
De-duplicate first, saves you doing things twice. Plenty of apps for that, I've done it on my system with 170,000 shots reducing to 150k :)

Don't mix things up thinking you'll move back in to individual folders, it's impossible top do. I do Photos/Year/Event/image.jpg ie photos/2014/New York/dsc1000.jpg, face tag in picasa, then in picasa drop images on map to gps tag roughly to city level, in Lightroom import gps tagged & it will reverse-geocode them all automatic, filling in city, country etc. Don't do it manually you'll go mad-Lightroom did them batch mode, 100s at a time.

Once everything is tagged then you can make selections based on location, date, tags etc and group them like that, it's much much easier and far less work.

Sadly that's no help to organising the negatives that have been digitised, stuff taken pre 2000 has no GPS data as it's been scanned in from physical negative film and some of it over the years has become mixed up, with negatives ending up in the wrong photobooklet. As I said, tagging isn't of interest to me, it's about sorting them into workable folders such as specific holidays etc so that a reasonably organised digital copy of everything can be sent to family members to further identify the who, what, where and when they were taken. My hope would be to then do things like tagging at a later date but it's not possible when the images I have are in such random order.

Furthermore, the duplicates is a non issue as I stated in the original post, it's the sorting files out. If I can find an app to display the next image and I simply press a hot key to send it to the relevant folder ie pressing the 'A' key sends the picture to a holiday folder, 'S' would send it to school photos and 'd' moves the file to an unsorted folder.

A few runs of something like this would mean my gallery would become more manageable. If I can get things into sections of around 100 images at least family can make sense of stuff and say x image doesn't belong here and slowly start to make sense of the memories.


donaldduck2
I have used Visipics for sorting through large numbers of images and then giving you the option to delete duplicates.


Denbi
visipics doesnt seem to work on my win 8.1 but i found this instead http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo.html
Only started playing with it, so trying to find out if it can move all duplicate photos to separate folder automaticly rather than deleting them although i can move them individually once found i think. Apparently its checking the actual picture not just the file name although ill have to check that.



chocci
Denbi
visipics doesnt seem to work on my win 8.1 but i found this instead http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo.html
Only started playing with it, so trying to find out if it can move all duplicate photos to separate folder automaticly rather than deleting them although i can move them individually once found i think. Apparently its checking the actual picture not just the file name although ill have to check that.

http://www.duplicate-finder.com/photo-features.html

As above, the duplicates are a non issue, I've got software I use for this problem. It's the sorting aspect that's the actual problem as explained above.

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