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    Photo Album Software

    Greetings to all!

    I recently purchased my first digital camera (Canon PowerShot S1 IS). Although I've worked with photos and other images on the computer for years, I've never felt that I needed a separate application to manage a large volume of these files. Having a digital camera, of course, changes this quite a bit. Now, I could have literally hundreds of new photos to manage each month!

    One of my goals is to have an easy way to keep track of attributes (caption, keywords, events, people, place, etc.), which I know can be done using the EXIC/IPTC metadata. I would also like to share these photos on the web with friends and family. My first thought as a web/database application developer is to do this via a database. But I would not mind having software that generates static html files from descriptions stored within the metadata of the selected images.

    I have tried Jasc's Paint Shop Photo Album and did not care for it. In my evaluation experience, I realized that managing the metadata was not very friendly. This is disappointing, because I swear by Paint Shop Pro - I've used every version from 3.11 to 8.01...

    I've also used the Zoom Browser software, bundled with the Canon PowerShot series. It's very capable, but stil not quite what I'm looking for.

    I still have not tried PhotoShop Album.

    I came across the neatest application that fits almost every aspect of my requirements: Brilliant Photo. This application is VERY impressive - it stores the metadata directly in the images. It can easily manage thousands of photos, allowing quick and easy searching/filtering as well as offering a number of editing and touch-up features. It also generates web albums, Photo CDs and handles printing. All for $29 US. Amazing!!

    Does anyone have any other recommendations for Photo Album management software?

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    If one was to enter information from the "Describe" function, is the data accessible by Windows Explorer and other programs?
    If so how does one see this information?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Mark,
    Might want to look at Smart Pix Manager. It does work from a database but is as full featured and you could image. And the author 'does' support his software..

    Added: btw good blessings on your upcoming marriage..<g>..

    Bob

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Mark, I've always liked and used ACDSee for photo management. Like your preference for Paint Shop Pro, I've used ACDSee since the days of Windows 3.x and always been pleased with it.
    -Mark

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the recommendation. Smart Pix Manager looks like it's geared for all kinds of media (pics, music, video, etc). I'll have to give it a look-see.

    Thanks for your kind wishes for the wedding!

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Dave,

    Yes, other applications can view and edit these details (such as Exifer). It uses common EXIF and IPTC file fields to store the data.

    Unfortunately, the Windows Explorer properties do not reflect the same properties. The Keywords and Captions fields, for instance, are not the same in Brilliant Photo and Windows Explorer.

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your comments about ACDSee. I've seen several other references to it in other boards (http://www.dpreview.com). I'll give it a look-see!

    Thanks <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Mark,

    Thank you for the heads up on Brilliant Photo. I downloaded it last night and let it scan my pc for the images. It abended after it found 1247 images. Will try again this evening to see if it can hold more. I have around 3500 pictures to catagorize.

    Good choice of camera. Happy shooting.

    Oh and best wishes on your up coming wedding. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
    Don
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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Don,

    That' odd that Brilliant Photo would choke after such a relatively small number of images. I have around 3000 and it seems to run fine. I wonder if the issue is related to scanning your entire pc? It actually makes shortcuts to local images rather than copying them all to a single repository. However, for remote images (from cameras or cards) it will make a copy of the image (with an option to delete the original source).

    There are a number of Brilliant Photo users with over 10,000 images - several with more than 15,000. Of course, when I get anywhere close to that I'll probably create additional libraries to help with organization.

    Overall, it seems like a solid application with a fantastic design, despite a few minor bugs here and there (which are being addressed).

    So far, I'm loving the Canon S1 IS. I'm very happy with the choice.

    Thanks for your kind wishes on the wedding <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    What, not impressed with ZoomBrowser? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    The problem I find is that the interfaces of most photo browsing software are slow and clunky. I've seen numerous recommendations from Canon users for BreezeBrowser but never actually tried it.

    The one that seems "most recommended" for high volume work is iMatch from Photools. It tends to be used more by those who are "in the business" and need a database-oriented approach. (Sorry, I don't know whether it has a programmable API. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> )

    Both of the above are $50 and have evaluation versions to test drive. Have fun!

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    ThumbsPlus

    Edited by WyllyWylly to add URL tag. See the markup help. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I'm surprised no one mentioned ThumbsPlus. It's been around for a dog's age and they're about to release version 7. It's easy to use, has plenty of features and is quite customizable. My favorite aspect of the software is the support community surrounding the product. There hasn't been a single problem I have not been able to solve after posting a question to their news server. Check out http://www.cerious.com to see if T+ will meet your needs.

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi mark ,
    Glad to see you've got yourself a digital camera! I personally think it is important to start collecting digital photographs, I imagine I will pass mine onto my children and grandchildren. I can't imagine what the future holds in (IT) that respect.

    I found this very nice site that has some useful progs written in VB6 that can paste your photos together, superimpose the same photo on itself to improve clarity , remove superfluous pixels, plus other inyeresting things.

    Don't know if you will have enough time in your busy schedule to try them out though!

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    Yeah, BUSY is the operative word here! Hey Mark and Jennifer, are you getting butterflies yet? FIVE DAYS and counting! I wish you both "advance" good times, wonderful services and happy honeymmon'ing!

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Rupert,

    I couldn't agree more - having a digital camera is a way to record life as it unfolds. I'm really enjoying it so far! I've takend hundreds of pictures of family, friends, and life in just a few weeks. My new motto is "shoot first [pictures, that is] and ask questions later"

    Thanks for the link. I'll look into these to see if any of the apps can assist with my photo collection and identification process.

    All the best,

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    Re: Photo Album Software

    Hi Al,

    Thanks so much for your kind wishes! The much-anticipated day is coming VERY quickly. We're both quite excited and really looking forward to it.

    We'll be sure to have some digital photos posted as soon as we can after the wedding for all to see. If the honeymoon location happens to have internet access, it may be just a matter of days. Otherwise, we'll have them posted within a few weeks...

    I think Mike ( <img src=/S/wolfman.gif border=0 alt=wolfman width=18 height=24>) and KT hold the world's record for getting wedding pictures poted to the web at the speed of light. They had their pics posted within 1 or 2 days after the wedding - amazing (and nice pictures too)!!

    Thanks again, Al <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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