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I often find myself searching sub-folders of files and photos (and I have a ton of them). After a certain critical mass of files, say 10 thousand, drilling down forever and hand-picking files doesn’t really do it for me. … [continued]

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]

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]

Searching Files

by JL Beeken on 3-01-2010

For those still floundering in genealogy file overload and general disorganization—

The general file challenge breaks down into 3 parts: naming your files, organizing your files and searching your files. And then, if you have any time left over, linking them to your genealogy database. And if you’re really far ahead of the game, doing creative projects with them.

Today, I’ll revisit searching files and see what’s new. … [continued]

Finding Duplicate Images

by JL Beeken on 1-13-2010

XnView has a handy feature called “Find Similar Files”.  It actually means files, not just finding duplicate images, although it’s not well-designed for non-image files. … [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]

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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It’s been a slow week at JLog but I can’t be everywhere at once. And I know you’re all busy checking out the new Legacy Charting anyway. I can hardly compete for excitement.

I’m down in the muck of photo-filing. It’s almost enough to make me want to burn my hard-drive and take up crocheting.

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