Looking for simple software to add tags/keywords to folders

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sluggy_warrior Senior Member • Posts: 2,599
Re: Looking for simple software to add tags/keywords to folders

Sjak wrote:

After a shoot, often I leave my images untouched for 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, or maybe even longer, before editing. My storage logic is a simple year / month / event structure.

Ideally, I'd have a program which quickly allows me to add a few tags to the folder where I stored my images.

I know there's software that allows tags to individual images, and tagging multiple images at a time, but that is not what I'm looking for. That would either require me to go through the pics after a shoot, which is clunky/timeconsuming, or to have many autotagged files cluttering the search results.

Just having the relevant folders as search result really would suffice.

So I'd like to be able to add a few keywords to a newly created folder, eg the name of a few friends, or the city / area I've been, or e.g. whether there were trees or other notable objects.

I know I could make a spreadsheet for that purpose, but surely there must be some program available that can do this simple action?

Many thanks for your input! And apologies if this has been asked (and answered) before, but my search did not reveal anything that I was looking for... if this has already been discussed, feel free to simply link to a relevant thread which I have apparently missed

O yeah, I use a PC running on W10.

While images have EXIF metadata where the tags/keywords are stored, folders are just a basic structure, it's unlikely that you can add any attribute to it while keeping it universal (e.g. backup to external drive and open on a different computer/OS).

Whatever program you use to tag the folders will have to keep the association in its own storage/DB. That will create a dependency on the program/application (or OS), you'll have to keep using it if you want to maintain access to the tagging/searching. If the program will stop working at some point, and there's no way to export the taggings, you'll loose the effort you put in.

One simple mechanism that comes to my mind: create a text file inside each folder with a fixed name, e.g. 'keywords.txt' or 'tags.txt' ... then put the actual tags/keywords as its content. Most current OSes have content indexing and can easily search for them.

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