Keyword management software
Keyword management software
Oct 18, 2006
Hi folks, first time poster, long time reader
I have spent the last few days in an exercise of frustration, looking for simple but powerful keyword management software for images. I am starting up a stock library of my own photos, and I really need a utility of some kind to help me with the process. However all the software I read about, or trial, seems to come up short in one or more crucial areas. I was hoping to get some recommendations from the experts here. Specifically I need IPTC keyword and metadata management software.
Adobe Bridge comes extremely close to what I need. The things I like about it include: check boxes on keywords and categories to apply to one or many images with a single click, saving keywords in an open, portable xml file, fast browsing of thumbnails etc. But there is one critical and other annoying problems - most importantly the lack of any way to have nested categories to organise hundreds of keywords, and less importantly a built in thesaurus/synonym utility to recommend keywords.
I have researched and tried numerous solutions, and various problems have caused them to come up wanting, including: lack of nested categories, horrendous user interfaces, feature bloat burying the features i need, inability to write metadata to IPTC fields within the image etc.
I am willing to pay for software, but would ideally prefer to pay less than $200usd.
What do you all use, and how crucial do you find keyword organisation to your digital asset management?
Thank you in advance for any advice!
For all my captioning and keywording I use iview.
As log as you remeber to sync out at the end of a session it's the best, easiest (drag and drop keywording), and cheapest all in one solution...it's also great for editing and being able to keep the catalogue on you HDD/server is a neat way to look for images without having to load CDs/DVDs of high res images
not to mention the way you can simplly email watermarked images with a few clicks of the mouse, or set up html libraries
No I don't work for them, the Tech support is good and the forum on the site is invaluable
Give it a go if you haven't already....21days free to make up yer mind what have you got to loose
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Sounds good. Thanks for the referral! But their site seems to be down at the moment? At least, I'm unable to connect to it. I'm downloading the trial form download.com but it's coming in at a measly 2k/sec. Oh well, I'll just have to wait to try it.
Any other suggestions from other people?
Sorry for the double post, but reading through the iView forum (which oddly I can access, while the site remains out of touch) I remembered why I didn't download the trial. It seems that iView does not support keyword hierarchies. From a forum post:
Hierarchical keywords has been a bone of contention with a lot of users for quite a while. It's something that the developers are looking into to see if they can make it work and still meet the metadata standards.