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Old 07-26-2011, 10:18 AM
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Photo and image management software recommendations?

Hi all;

I'm a painter, and my photo reference library is getting quite large. I'm looking to get an image management software solution, and want something that I can add keywords to each photo and be able to sort and find them quickly, as in a database by subject, date, etc. A plus would be the ability to do RAW conversion and rudimentary batch imaging processing or thumbnail creation. I already have Adobe Photoshop CS v.8, with which I barely scratch the surface of its capabilities. I'm thinking Adobe Lightwave might meet my needs, but would like personal opinions and experiences with any others. Thanks!
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:15 PM
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

Hi Jeff,

I'm a bit confused about the software names/versions you mentioned, so forgive me if my answer misses the mark.

I use a combination of Adobe lightroom (2.7) and photoshop (CS3). Lightroom is good and I think would do all the things you are looking for. On the downside, it can be slow, I find managing catalogs quite confusing/painful, and you can build up quite a lot of state in the program that it is not obvious how to transfer to another computer when you need to upgrade (going through that pain now).

If you have Photoshop CS, then you presumably already have bridge. I haven't used bridge much since getting lightroom, but I think it can also do keywording and searches, so you might want to explore that too.

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Old 07-30-2011, 09:25 AM
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

Thanks James. Yeah, I meant Adobe Lightroom, not "Lightwave". I think my mistaken name is cooler!
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:44 PM
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

I use ACDSee Pro which has a very good database system for finding reference images. It's currently on sale for $100. ACDSee also makes a less expensive program called Photo Manager for $30. Never used it but it's probably a sub-set of Pro.
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

have a look at photoshop elements that may do the job..
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:43 PM
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

FastStone Image viewer excellent - and I'll say it again excellent and its freeware- google it!
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

I'm new to Wetcanvas.com and couldn't help but check out a forum message on Photo and image management software since I am always looking for ideas on how everyone uses DAM software. Was surprised to see a "local artist" that I have seen in local publications
Nice to meet you online Jeff. I'm a Bucks County scenic photographer.

I own both ACDsee and Lightroom v3. I hope to have more time this year to delve into using them for my asset management.

Since your original message was posted 8 months ago, which software did you finally decide worked best for you?

I'm always up for tips on using these programs
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

Check out Corel Paint Shop Pro X4.
It is cheaper than Photoshop & has received a lot of favourable reviews.
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Re: Photo and image management software recommendations?

I am more of a store n folder by date and name when downloaded from camera. I open the folder in PS and browse by thumbnail. As I review I open an image of interest and then save by name. For example eagle0123.jpg. Later in windows I can search all images by name.
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