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Old 02-20-2008   #1
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I've searched the threads an was only able to find some from a few years ago on Cataloguing software. I'm looking for something that will index photos by keyword, tags, etc. I am currently using Photoshop Album, but it seems to be getting a little flaky. I see that Elements now seems to have many of the features that PSA had. I wonder if I can import my PSA database into Elements.

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Elements has Organizer, which is a fairly nice cataloging system. I don't know about importing your existing database, however.

Bridge is included with Photoshop CS3. At one time, I preferred Elements Organizer over Bridge. Today, they're probably pretty close in feature sets.

Lightroom is a standalone cataloging/image management application with developing and output (web, slideshow and printing) modules. It's my app of choice among the three.

This concludes my personal experience but several others can help out with this. You might expand your search for keywords "catalog", "image management", "organize photo", "bridge", "lightroom", and get more options, too.
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I'm using The Bridge and find it is an okay program. It lets you keyword, rank and the metadata palette is what I like to use the most. You can also assign copyright to images in the Bridge.

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Ok so I've played with Bridge a little bit. I'd rate it OK as well for what I need.

BTW - I did use some other keyword searches on the forum, but again most of the posts are 2 or 3 years old. Hoping to find some magic wand and a little newer.

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Microsoft Expression Media (Formerly iView Media Pro) is pretty good and is very quick, certainly quicker than Lightroom IMO, although I use Lightroom for its other features as well so have stuck with that.
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I have been using ACDSee for many years. I have upgraded to ACDSee Pro 2. It is very fast and stable on Vista. Reads Raw files and many other file types too, including video.

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I'm using two programs:

The input images (compare them to negatives in the analog way) are categorized with Imatch.

The output images are categorized with Idimager

I used an UID from the filename that looks like YYYYMMDDHHMMSS_counter.extension to trace the output back to the input.
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Do you use ACDSee with Photoshop CS3? I saw a few presentations recently that used this and they were great. Do you know if I install this, will I still be able to use the XP system to copy photos?One of my camera clubs,will only accept photos that are copied with XP or Vista.


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