Photo Annotation: Scanfest Follow-Up

by JL Beeken on 10-31-2010

As a follow up to the most recent Scanfest I’d like to lay out in more detail some of the options for photo annotation in particular. No matter what I’ve said about annotation in the past, (and I’ve said a lot) it’s better you read from the present backwards.

It’s been a learning process for me too and some things I’ve tried in the past, and might have even liked at the time, I wouldn’t go back to. … [continued]

Windows 7: IPTC

by JL Beeken on 10-24-2010

WindowsIPTC in Windows 7. Subtitle: When the standard of IPTC is non-standard.

Back in March I wrote a rambling discourse on various options for searching files, (Searching Files) and, in particular, searching metadata in photos. This is what I wrote about Windows Search 4: … [continued]

XnViewWhat I’d like is a reliable multifaceted universal file search option with an option in the context menu that will take me to whatever it is I want to know when I want to know it. And some quick editing functions at the same time. In other words, I want everything and I want it immediately. A workable alternative to Windows Explorer. … [continued]

IPTC Software Review: iTag

by JL Beeken on 4-11-2010

iTagThe subject of IPTC comes up over and over. And it’s been awhile since I did a general review of options at IPTC Summary: Photo Metadata Editors. I’m not keen to download a lot of new programs onto my computer to try because I don’t need any more of them. But I installed one called iTag to have a second look.

Here’s an interesting excerpt from iTag‘s “About Page”:

The inspiration for iTag came after scanning photos from old family photo albums. Some photos had labels and captions – but many did not.

Realizing that the massive volume of digital photos being accumulated were tagged with even less data, a digital captioning solution was required.

First, I’ll review some of the other things I’ve tried. … [continued]

IPTC: Picasa

by JL Beeken on 12-28-2009

PicasaIn case you haven’t noticed, Picasa is an IPTC train-wreck. If you’re serious at all about annotating your photos, use something else. If they ever catch up, good. … [continued]

Photo Mechanic

by JL Beeken on 12-20-2009

Photo MechanicAnyone else over the Moon about Photo Mechanic or is it just me? I’ve gotten more photo work done in the past 2 weeks working at it part-time than I have in the entire two years previous staying up all night. It makes me wonder what I was doing all that time. I decided my time is worth more than 2¢ an hour, and it was time to invest $150 and git ‘er done.

If you’re looking to annotate your photos for searching and the edification of future generations, this is it. Photo Mechanic is sublime. Every time I look I find another useful feature. Here’s some of my favorites so far:

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IPTC: Picasa & Tags

by JL Beeken on 12-04-2009

Google PicasaAnother caveat for all you Picasa lovers. If you have keywords embedded in photos outside Picasa do not expect Picasa to know that unless they’re JPGs.

You can double your work by adding tags (keywords) to your TIFFs in Picasa too. It’s a fun thing to do because Picasa will then allow you to search them. But, unless you are 100% done with your ‘real’ photo work and have time to add this as icing to your cake, I would discourage you from wasting your time on it. … [continued]

IPTC: Nix on BreezeBrowser

by JL Beeken on 11-30-2009

Here’s the short version: … [continued]

Sharing IPTC: Captions

by JL Beeken on 11-15-2009

Sometimes, it’s tempting to try to tell a long story under a photograph but after experimenting with five different programs, I would recommend limiting your IPTC Captions to one line. People’s names, for instance, and a date, if you must. Otherwise, you could run into printing problems. … [continued]

I just got a newsletter from Marlo Schuldt saying that his Heritage Collector software is now able to embed IPTC metadata. My ears perk up whenever I hear IPTC. Good one, Marlo. The more software sharing IPTC metadata the better. … [continued]