Cataloging photos

Started Jul 14, 2005 | Discussions thread
sean000
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Re: IMatch Reviews and Info
In reply to horsegoalie, Sep 28, 2005

Here is the Luminous Landscape review of IMatch:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/software/Imatch.shtml

The following link offers a good description of using IMatch categories to develop an inverted family tree as one way of organizing people photos:

http://www.majid.info/mylos/stories/2002/06/29/imageCategoryManagementWithImatch.html

The following site offers good information on organizing images as well:
http://buchan.org/archives/000920.php

I set up my IMatch schema to include things like people, places, things, events, equipment used, rank (I chose a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of how much I like the photo), etc. If I want to find only the best photos of my niece, I can run a query or create a new category view with parameters like: Sophia AND (Rank 1 OR Rank 2). Then it will display only the best photos of my niece rather than all 200 or so.

IMatch can also copy files by catgory or view. So I can quickly find all images by category, and consolidate copies of those images into a single folder. This is useful for batch processing a group of images for the Web, or to burn onto a CD/DVD by category rather than physical location. IMatch can also catalog offline media like CD or DVD archives.

It's an incredibly fast and stable application. I've never used any software this flexible, but there is a bit of a learning curve.

I've never tried Iview (but from what I've seen it looks nice). I did look at some of the other popular programs, but none of them offered everything I needed. Fortunately you can download trials of just about any of these programs. That's what I did, and it was useful to get a feel for each one. In the end I settled on IMatch...which turned out to be the least expensive.

Sean

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