IPTC Summary: Photo Metadata Editors

by JL Beeken on 2-10-2014

IPTC is a standard for embedding metadata in photographs. This is a summary of what is and isn’t IPTC-compatible software. (Updated from March 2008.)
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JLog’s 5th Anniversary

by JL Beeken on 10-18-2011

As JLog passes its 5th anniversary I have to say – We’ve come a long way. Or maybe I’ve come a long way and you’ve just been humoring me by being good sports. … [continued]

Picasa Revisited, Version 3.8

by JL Beeken on 4-09-2011

PicasaI installed Picasa on my laptop to have another look. Sam was interested in having it on her new computer. I wrote her an email about some of the reasons I hate Picasa and why she shouldn’t use it. It was quickly turning into an encyclopedia and I knew her brain would fuzz over if she had to read the whole thing. … [continued]

Picasa Summary: IPTC, DB3 & Backup Issues

by JL Beeken on 6-05-2010

PicasaDue to the fact that I’ve written several times about Picasa, I have people coming to JLog everyday as a result of their queries on the search engines. Here’s a sampling of searches from the past couple of days: … [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]

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]

PicasaAwhile ago I recommended Picasa 3 to you. It’s fun and interesting and all that but there’s a little problem with backups. Picasa does offer the option of backing up your entire photo collection but it’s labour-intensive, inefficient and redundant. If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you should already be keeping at least one up-to-date backup of your entire photo collection. The issue here is backing up the work you do in Picasa. … [continued]

Google PicasaPicasa 3 has been out for awhile and has lots of fun new features. Today, I’ll look at geotagging.

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Photo Organization

by JL Beeken on 3-22-2008

Email from a reader:

I have studied all your postings on digital photo organization. I am at a brick wall and I need some help.

I have been using Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0. I like the way it functions. However, for some reason, it keeps crashing on my computer. I believe this is because the program was written such a long time ago that XP is having difficulty with it.

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Photo Viewers: FastStone & Picasa

by JL Beeken on 1-26-2007

If my computer was an ocean I could accurately say I am swimming in photographs.

If you are still using Windows Explorer as a photo viewer, there are better ways.

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