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    Looking for a piece of software that can manage all my images. I do parttime snapping for a local football club & keep getting quizzed if ive got an image of x player, but im finding it increasingly hard to flick through all the pics especially backdated ones.

    Im after a piece of software where I can manage all my images with key words/tags so that i can simply put x player name & it brings up all the images under that keyword.

    I used to work in the industry years ago & they had something similar that was called something like photogrid, but cant seem to identify it.

    Help appreciated.

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    I presume you are using a PC?

    Original Poster

    yes using a pc

    did think about picasa, but was thinking more of a standalone piece of software that just is for image asset management.

    Does Windows Live Photo Gallery do what you want.

    Part of Windows Live Esentials

    explore.live.com/win…her

    ACDSee might be what you're looking for, but I assume it still costs. The freeware alternative is supposed to be irfanview, but I've never used it.

    If you're after freeware, I always look on snapfiles.com, it's better maintained than cnet and easier to look round. They have a section for photo organising here.

    CNet seems to offer a photogrid for the mac. Is that what you used?

    Hope something there helps. Personally I always used to use ACDSee, I got a free copy of V7 with a magazine years back. I assume it does tagging it certainly seems to do most other things.

    Good luck!

    dcx_badass

    Google Picasa is good, it also scans your images with face recognition … Google Picasa is good, it also scans your images with face recognition and groups them by person (lets you enter a name).[url=http://picasa.google.com/]http://picasa.google.com/[/url]




    Another vote for Picasa, used an early release of it and it was a bit pony, however used the new one and it really has come a long way in terms of image management and it's face recognition is brilliant.

    Not sure what you mean about standalone, but the software is fully installed on your PC?

    I'll also vote for Picasa. You can also sync picture folders to a google mail account and automatically have these uploaded to an online [private] folder (so that you can then hand out the link to the parents so they can find their own pics online as needed)

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    lanc_red

    yes using a pcdid think about picasa, but was thinking more of a … yes using a pcdid think about picasa, but was thinking more of a standalone piece of software that just is for image asset management.


    in other words - picassa oO

    Original Poster

    just got into work & seen a few more posts. i can see a trend opting for google picasa, but dont think its right for what I want.

    the images are stored on a central server & i just need something to catalogue them. picasa will prob do the job, but dont want anything that could potentially start manipulating the images. just need something to tag the pics & index etc.

    to add no pics are going to be uploaded to picasa/facebook/twitter or anything else. I have a separate process for all this.

    appreciate all the advice
    Edited by: "lanc_red" 24th Mar 2011

    Original Poster

    paulmcuk

    ACDSee might be what you're looking for, but I assume it still costs. The … ACDSee might be what you're looking for, but I assume it still costs. The freeware alternative is supposed to be irfanview, but I've never used it.If you're after freeware, I always look on snapfiles.com, it's better maintained than cnet and easier to look round. They have a section for photo organising here.CNet seems to offer a photogrid for the mac. Is that what you used?Hope something there helps. Personally I always used to use ACDSee, I got a free copy of V7 with a magazine years back. I assume it does tagging it certainly seems to do most other things.Good luck!



    Just looked at ACDSee. gonna look more into this. cheers for the heads up

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    So basically why ask for suggestions just to ignore all of us. Waste of … So basically why ask for suggestions just to ignore all of us. Waste of time.



    i thought this was the basis of a forum? paulmcuk has advised of a piece of software that can do what i originally asked......

    cant see where time has been wasted?

    lanc_red

    i thought this was the basis of a forum? paulmcuk has advised of a piece … i thought this was the basis of a forum? paulmcuk has advised of a piece of software that can do what i originally asked......cant see where time has been wasted?



    I don't know if ACDsee costs, but if it does then I certainly wouldn't discount Picasa without at least trying it first. It really is a nice piece of software these days. At the end of the day, should you not like it then its quite easy to remove again. (and Picasa definitely is free)

    Edited by: "BurntEffigy" 24th Mar 2011

    Original Poster

    BurntEffigy

    I don't know if ACDsee costs, but if it does then I certainly wouldn't … I don't know if ACDsee costs, but if it does then I certainly wouldn't discount Picasa without at least trying it first. It really is a nice piece of software these days. At the end of the day, should you not like it then its quite easy to remove again. (and Picasa definitely is free)



    i'll have a look at it, but i remember installing on my mums PC. was a good bit of software, but just feel that it was too basic for my needs. looking for something a little more advanced.

    cheers for help.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Clearly have never used it, it does exactly what you want.



    as said, will give it a try

    Picasa vs Adobe Photoshop Album vs ACDSee

    will let know the outcome

    dcx - is the face recognition good for pics of kids? I'd never heard of anything that could do that, but am downloading Picasa now, in the hope I can tag the children, and it'll do the rest.

    i found it pretty good too, I've got 3 kids who all look very similar - I'd guess it recognised the correct one about 80-90% of the time. (and sometimes even I was hard pushed to recognise who was who!)

    Where it couldn't decide, you just go through confirming or re-tagging. dead easy

    Thanks both, I'll give it a go. At present I have to rename each pic with the names of the people in it so I can search my pc for people. This sounds much better.

    An update: It got most of the way through scanning all my pics, I was happily tagging them rapidly when my pc crashed. Not a happy bunny, I restarted and continued, albeit slightly less rapidly - for a random amount of time when it crashed again. This time I just ran it through the scanning until it finished before I did ANYTHING else, as soon as I went to tag more pics, crashed again. I've done a system restore and somehow cocked up my anitvirus too, maybe unrelated, but it was due for renewal anyway, so that's been uninstalled and renewed. Now I don't want to download the Picasa again, something clearly disagrees with my humble machine, but I was REALLY liking it, and it could tell my children apart better than my husband can. Ah well.

    As said I think you should give Picasa another try, I know it has basic image editing abilities, but it's image management is where it stands out.

    However I didnt realise you were willing to pay for it, so have a look at Adobe Lightroom, which is designed as an image management/storage solution.

    adobe.com/pro…om/

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the offers of advice on software & as mentioned heres the conclusion. Some will say 'told you so......'

    I tested the following Google Picasa, ACDSee & Adobe Photo Album

    Google Picasa - Easy to install & setup and set the folders to scan. Basic layout and very home user friendly, easy to assign tag names. Also note very good with caching images and when you exit/log back into the application it starts scanning from where it left off. Very easy to search for tags.

    ACDSee - Professional layout, easy to setup & setup folders to scan. Quite hard to tag, but then easy to search. Very slow cache. Took upto a minute for it to connect back to network drive & bring up images.

    Adobe Photo Album - Home user layout, quite hard to navigate. I wasnt really able to set my target folders to scan. Basically didnt trust it!!

    The winner: Google Picasa

    May try Lightroom as suggested before I get knee deep in tags using Picasa.
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