Looking for simple software to add tags/keywords to folders

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Sjak Senior Member • Posts: 5,812
Looking for simple software to add tags/keywords to folders

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.

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tkbslc Forum Pro • Posts: 15,596
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I've just tried it and ACDSee can do this.   I assigned keywords to an individual folder and then only the folder comes up when I search for those keywords, not any of the individual files under it.

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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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Why not just add them to the folder name? You said you only wanted to add a few keywords to each.

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Thank you, I will look into this! As it happens, I was also looking for some other functionalities, which ACDSee seems to have as well. Will download the trial version.

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gscotten wrote:

Why not just add them to the folder name? You said you only wanted to add a few keywords to each.

That option would impact other stuff too. When I'd add a "tag" later on this way, the other dependencies (such as session favorites in C1) will be impacted too.

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sluggy_warrior wrote:

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.

Thank you for your elaborate reply! I like your quoted idea very much, as it is indeed independant of any software, or of the actual folder location for that matter. So seems the best and most durable long-term solution. I'll look into it tonight!

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This seems to be interesting option to tag folders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyFhSdm4gD8

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Sjak wrote:

sluggy_warrior wrote:

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.

Thank you for your elaborate reply! I like your quoted idea very much, as it is indeed independant of any software, or of the actual folder location for that matter. So seems the best and most durable long-term solution. I'll look into it tonight!

Update: just tested this, it works beautifully. Thanks so much!

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elIvarz wrote:

This seems to be interesting option to tag folders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyFhSdm4gD8

Thanks, will try that out as well!

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Sjak wrote:

Thank you, I will look into this! As it happens, I was also looking for some other functionalities, which ACDSee seems to have as well. Will download the trial version.

They have a few versions.  Basically it separates like this:

Home = Cataloging and basic editing

Pro = Cataloging, basic editing and RAW developing

Ultimate = Cataloging, RAW development and full featured photo editing with layers.  Ultimate can replace both LR and PS for many.

My main complaints are the lack of up-to-date lens profiles and poor face detection.

I absolutely love their Light EQ feature though (in Pro and Ult).  It's so easy to get the exposure fine tuned with that that I have a hard time using anything else.

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tkbslc wrote:

They have a few versions. Basically it separates like this:

Home = Cataloging and basic editing

Pro = Cataloging, basic editing and RAW developing

Ultimate = Cataloging, RAW development and full featured photo editing with layers. Ultimate can replace both LR and PS for many.

My main complaints are the lack of up-to-date lens profiles and poor face detection.

I absolutely love their Light EQ feature though (in Pro and Ult). It's so easy to get the exposure fine tuned with that that I have a hard time using anything else.

Thanks for the additional explanation! I'm in the market for a pixel-level editor, so will have a look into it very soon.

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Sjak wrote:

Thanks for the additional explanation! I'm in the market for a pixel-level editor, so will have a look into it very soon.

While you're here, I'll take the chance to recommend the free/open-source darktable

https://www.darktable.org

An intro article from last year:
https://petapixel.com/2019/09/06/a-comprehensive-intro-to-darktable-a-free-lightroom-alternative/

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sluggy_warrior wrote:

Sjak wrote:

Thanks for the additional explanation! I'm in the market for a pixel-level editor, so will have a look into it very soon.

While you're here, I'll take the chance to recommend the free/open-source darktable

https://www.darktable.org

An intro article from last year:
https://petapixel.com/2019/09/06/a-comprehensive-intro-to-darktable-a-free-lightroom-alternative/

Yes, I know DT, and actually tried it some years ago, as well as Rawtherapee, when I needed a new Raw-convertor because Lightzone did not support the Monochrom. I found the interface of DT very confusing (this is personal, I've seen what people can do with DT so not bashing it at all!)  Eventually it became a close call between RT and Capture One; eventually settled on the latter because I get much faster to the results I want with C1.

But none of these are pixel-level-editors, although C1 has pretty elaborate layer-functionalities.

Obviously, Photoshop is not an option, as I'm not going to pay 12 euro each and every month for something that I would only use very occasionally. I know there's people who compare it to a certain number of beers or cups of coffee, but I'm confident those same people are also not paying for beer or coffee that they don't actually drink

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Sjak wrote:

But none of these are pixel-level-editors, although C1 has pretty elaborate layer-functionalities.

Obviously, Photoshop is not an option, as I'm not going to pay 12 euro each and every month for something that I would only use very occasionally. I know there's people who compare it to a certain number of beers or cups of coffee, but I'm confident those same people are also not paying for beer or coffee that they don't actually drink

Yeah, I was about to mention GIMP as it's the most popular equivalence of Photoshop. I mentioned darktable instead perhaps because it's more of a photography workflow than GIMP/PS.

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