The 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]
In 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]
Anyone 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:
Another 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 JPG’s.
You can double your work by adding tags (keywords) to your TIFF’s 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]
Here’s the short version: … [continued]
If you’re going to annotate your photos, one of the likely reasons is to be able to share it. This is some of what I’ve discovered about sharing IPTC & GPS from various programs. … [continued]
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]
It’s official. Canto Single User is the same insanely complex software as MediaDex.
It has the same help file with the same uselessly-small graphics.
They changed the icons, shape and color, on the main menu. Whoopdeedoo. They removed the most important one (add assets) and added one for configuring the screen layout. (That’s nice.)
The new ‘photo editor’ can hardly be called an editor. It can crop and re-size photos and change brightness levels.
The slideshow works now without crashing the program. That’s nice.
The search options in MediaDex were simple to access from the menu bar; this is a pain.
You can create and play QuickTime movies from your pictures. Big deal.
It’s still missing a simple way to rename files.
If you’re an organizing junkie you’d probably like it, but be prepared for a long hard slog to learn this software.
If you’re determined, please read my post called MediaDex Primer.
Don’t get me wrong. I liked this software, having made it past the intense learning curve to a basic level of usability. But it cost me $80 a year and a half ago. I don’t see what suddenly makes it worth $400. Because they changed the color of the icons?
(Update: Apparently the form of IPTC they use/used is/was all messed up as well. I found out after I moved to GeoSetter. So, nix on this product. Entirely.)
MediaDex is no more. Convoluted, but I think the story went like this. In the beginning was (still is) Canto Cumulus, corporate-level digital asset management system with a price tag so high they don’t quote it on the website. Then they came up with a single user version called MediaDex, organization minus the worldwide sharing part. Horribly abstruse piece of software with a support forum full of frustrated users. Nevertheless, potential to salivate over.
Apparently, someone else thought so, too. Now it’s become Canto Single User, being sold and supported through partners in Germany, France and Australia. So far I see there’s an image editor, watermarking and a modernized interface added. It will take more than that to impress me. Going by the price tag, I’m expecting all the bugs to be fixed and a good dash of user-friendliness added. Fortunately, there’s a trial version so I can find out.
User datasheet PDF
$400 USD or $200 for the upgrade from MediaDex.
Windows and Mac compatible.