štvrtok, 14. januára 2010

Looking for "Big photo collection managing software"

Changes list:
2010/01/14: This is another post in English. Additional information is planed.
2010/01/14: Photoshop Elements 8
2010/01/14: Picasa 3

I do have big photo collection. Better say - huge collection. I have gathered most of my photographs to new external HDD and there are 45 310 photos - 89 605 872 216 bytes. And they are not really organized. And I would like to change it.

I have few requirements for such software :
1. Tagging
  • Unlimited tag tree (so not only 2 levels such as People->Family but allowing People->Family->Mother for example)
  • Tags in db outside photographies
  • Easy to filter with tags
2. Albums or some kind of db on external medium with photographs. As far as I have photographs on external HDD and I will use it on at least 2 computers I would like to perform tasks on both of them without any other tasks (like "synchronizing" special db from one computer to other)
3. Ability to perform basic photo editing tasks - color corrections, red eye removal, ... I do not want to do that on separate application.

Nice to have features:
1. Facial recognition - creating tags from faces
2. Advanced photo editing tasks
3. Sharing data - creating online albums, ... 
4. Creating backups on DVDs

I have used Google to find such software and I'm going to try some of them. If you have some suggestion of some software - even if it will not fulfill all requirements - please write it to comments.

Here is report:
Name
Must Have
Tags
Albums
Photo editing
Picasa 3
Only in file
without tree structure
Not checked yet
Yes
Photoshop Elements 8
Yes
3 levels
Not checked yet
Yes

Name
Should Have
Facial recognition
Advanced photo editing
Sharing
Backups
Picasa 3
Yes
Not too many but yes
Yes
Picasa web and more
Yes
Photoshop Elements 8
Yes
Yes
Simplier version of Photoshop
Yes
Not checked sharing types yet
Yes

Photoshop Elements 8
UI


Pluses
UI looks like some kind of photo professional application. Allows to group similar photos taken in short time to one group. Advanced photo editing functionalities.

Minuses
I have not found (yet) any good possibilities how to have photo database on external medium.

Pricing
2010/01/04 - €83.00 in EU or $79.99 in US (Plus version including some additional resources and more space of online storage cost €125.00 $119.99)

This report will be updated with new tests/tries.

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