Ever since I moved to digital I have been taking more and more pictures. And now the problem is how to organize all these images. It would be great to know how you all manage your digital pictures. Thanks in advance.
Victor is right...in that "ThumbsPlus" is an awesome piece of software in its own rite. Great for cataloging photos, it also allows you to convert, resize, and touch up photos. Obviously, not on par with PS-7, nevertheless this $79.95 (USD) gem is a winner!
Another image organizer is ACDSee 5.0. Many folks swear by this and it has received generally great reviews. This also a nice piece of software (around $49.95 USD). You can get it at:
Thanks for your inputs. I downloaded the Cerious software evaluation version. It looks impressive. But the only concern I have is that it does not recognize Nikon raw (.nef) files, which means I won't be able to catalog the raw images. Is that right?
There is another software called CompuPic Pro from Photodex which also does similar things as the Cerious software. It apparently recognizes even .nef files. Does Anyone here have any experience with this software?
Other than the file formats is their any other issue that I need to consider?
ThumbsPlus is supposed to have built-in support for NEF files in the next maintenance release. I am in the beta-test group for it right now.
In the meantime, you CAN organize NEF files with a simple workaround. T+ allows you to identify new file types to it. If you tell it to treat NEFs like tif files, it will pull the tiff-like built-in thumbnail out of the file and display it just like any other image. If you want more information on how to do this I will be happy to help you.
T+ itself can only open the tiny thumbnail in the file, but if you have NEF associated with Nikon Capture or Photoshop, you can have the file opened in that application from T+. It's all easier done than said.
...the makers of Photoshop, will be releasing a new image cataloging software package in February. List price is $49.95, and it appears to have some interesting features. Details can be found on the Adobe web site.
...appears to have serious limitations for those who use RAW files. The initial release does not recognize any RAW file format, and as a result this program will be of limited use to D100 and D1x users.
Of the others I have investigated, both Canto Cumulus and Imatch appear to be robust, full-featured programs that are both capable of handling and thumbnailing RAW files. Nikon provides a plugin for reading RAW files for Canto Cumulus with the Nikon View distribution disk. I'll probably try Imatch for myself.
You might want to look at iMatch (www.photools.com). Check out the www.dpreview.com and search for iMatch. I used Thumbsplus for years but switched to iMatch. It's about half the price and, for me, much more effective. Rich
I'm using DigitalPro - filing/organizing software by Moose Peterson and David Cardinal. With DigitalPro you can download photos directly from your card and place them in a "Shoots" directory. From here you can sort through and delete whatever you want (or send it to Photoshop for editing). One of the best parts is right here - as you are walking through your photos there is a Digital Loupe - just like you're slideloupe - to magnify a portion of the photo.
Once you've gone through and edited you can then use the "File" option to send the photos to your file cabinet where you want them stored - it'll rename for you also.
If you're in to publishing, there is another command to copy stuff to a submissions folder for later sending to an editor. There's a lot of options around this feature I haven't used.
A manual slde show (with the Digital Loupe) is available as well as an auto slide show.
Version 2.0 is in beta release right now and should be coming out soon. It is really slick! You can find out more at:
Moose's DigitalPro 2.0 was released today, but the more I look at IMATCH the more I really, really like it. If you haven't checked it out, I *highly* recommend downloading the trial from http://www.photools.com!
Good suggestion! I downloaded a copy and have been playing with it for a few days now. I wish it handled EXIF data for the D100 a little better, but that is a relatively minor point. Most importantly, Imatch handles NEF files transparently, off-line volumes (i.e., CDs) are easily handled, and the indexing and search options are first-rate, at about half the price of Cumulus. The only other organizational problem I can see coming is a proper archival file system for my CDs so I can retrieve them as needed. Right now I have all my CDs sitting on spindles, but I think I'm going to have to break down and put them all in jewel boxes for safer storage and easier retrival. One or two tpical hobbyist shoots can easily fill up one CD when using NEFs. Even with a 40 Gbyte hard disk things are getting a little full to store everything on-line. Maybe a USB 2.0 external hard disk is the solution for quick-and-ready storage.
I have iMatch and have used it for about 6 months now. I replaced Thumbsplus. It's category feature is far easier to use than T+ keyword and it handles NEF files. T+'s gui is getting pretty long in the tooth now as well. Try a free download of iMatch and take it for a spin.
Why does noone ever mention cumulus by cantos as a tool to catalog images. One user version is not expensive. I threw thumbsplus in the trash because I could not get it to work properly with old nikon tiff and raw etc images correctly. http://www.canto.com
I built a Access data bank to keep track of the images and disks I burn them to. I use 10 searchable subject fields for searching out specific items, like Bear, flowers, lake,etc. Currently I use Ulead picture show for creating a slide show on DVD, The slide shows are named like rainier 2142003 for reference. I will put all orginal images in the show and burn the orginals to the DVD. I can then watch the show, and have copies of the orginals. I have anywere from 4-6 shows on one DVD
Using the data bank I can look and find any general image what disk and show it is on, Then grab the disk and do a little hunting with in the 59 large tif files in the show.
Draw backs the sorting in the access bank is not exact its general, I would like to find images by title but the way I do it I dont have to rename the file. I take a quick look on the TV to see what I shot frist then edit the shots I want to work on. Big draw back is the slide show programs dont reconginze NEF format so I shoot in large Tif for now. ULead picture show is not great but it is so far the best that burns to DVD 4.7Gigs of storage. If you have CDR burner I highly recomend pro show gold but it limits you to 700-800megs of storage.
Very low tech. Keep an on going note book(paper). With Date & Subject for a group of photos. Location on what CD-R and Name of files. On the CD-R have a Autorun.inf linked to a program called MkAlbum. MkAlbum is self contained thumbnail viewing program. Starting instantly off the CD-R. Because it only works for Jpegs. Nef images have their equivalent Jpeg conversion on same CD so MkAlbum can pick em out. Haven't done it yet. But put all the Note book entries onto Windows WordPad. Can use Serach function to speedily match words. The Benefit of the system not having to put information into fields for every image. Kntfst