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Windows photo management software recommendations

Hi Folks,
I'm looking for a Windows equivalent of F-Spot, can you recommend anything?

Basically I want a program that will sort photos and store the tags in it's own database, without moving folders on the disk. This will allow me and the missus to sort photos as we like on our own laptops without messing up the folder structure for the other person.

So:
  • All photo's and videos will be stored in just 2 network attached directories.
  • I need the ability to sort and tag them locally without making change to the network dir.
  • The sort by date with a timeline like F-Spot has would be great.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

I don't know F-Spot but Picasa would seem to fit most of your requirements http://picasa.google.co.uk/

It does not touch the original files and you can sort or edit photos easily within the programme.

Windows Vista also offers a tagging and grading facility.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

Adobe Photoshop Elements also does the managment tasks you ask for, plus it has a pretty powerful image editor.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

Jalbum might do some of what you want to do.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

Adobe lightroom

It's not expensive and the install is for both Windows AND Mac.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

Thanks guys, I started with Picasa but for some reason it hung when I was trying to expand the network drive to show it what to index, I couldn't get past this stage so gave up.

Looking at the adobe site I came across Adobe Photoshop Album starter addition which is very similar to F-Spot, I got this running and it seem to work pretty well.


The only problem I have now is that when I import photos F-Spot uses a different naming convention for folders than Adobe, I need to have a look to see if I can change this in F-Spot if not will look at Jalbum since this will run on both laptops, only problem I have there is exporting to Gallery2.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

I'm with Gooner here... Go for LightRoom. Absolutely perfect for sorting and Meta-Manipulation. Plus, batch processing is super easy. 8700 photos edited with one mouse click.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

I took advantage of the free trial period to give Adobe Lightroom a go when it was first released. However, I quickly gave up when I found some of the photo organization methods that I used in Photoshop Elements were missing. They seem to have given a more powerful photo editor in that program, but a less powerful organizer. It would be great for a pro' photographer, but not for organinzing the family photos with multiple levels of keyword hierarchy, plus an album index.

Also, for those of you who have a Mac, as far as I'm aware, Photoshop Elements for Mac still doesn't have a consumer-oriented organizer, so I do not recommend it for Mac users unless you only want the editor.
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It would be great for a pro' photographer, but not for organinzing the family photos with multiple levels of keyword hierarchy, plus an album index.
Having looked at the website, I tend to agree. I could not justify Light Room for family/holiday photos etc. I will stick with Picasa for now. No problems with it for me.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

Irfanview?

I know you did not ask for it but it's free and solid even for a pro devil like me (PC). I absolutely hate Photoshop's slow browser for quick stuff.
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Irfanview?

I know you did not ask for it but it's free and solid even for a pro devil like me (PC). I absolutely hate Photoshop's slow browser for quick stuff.
That's more for photo manipulation though Devil, I was just looking for photo catalogue software.
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Re: Windows photo management software recommendations

iPhoto -oops!!! wrong OS. maybe I should be under fail of the day
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That's more for photo manipulation though Devil, I was just looking for photo catalogue software.
Hence "I know you did not ask for it" part You can do lot with it though...batch renames and stuff.

You are complaining so here is another one for you- Extensis Portfolio 8.5
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