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Mamiya2Nikon 12-11-2018 07:23 PM

Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
I had my heart set on Luminar's new organizer "Libraries" until I learned that the version coming out next week has no keyword or tag searches. The company says that keyword search will be added in 2019.

I looked and found a couple of seemingly satisfactory alternatives in terms of features, ACDSee Photo Studio and On1.

Are the companies that offer the above apps reliable? Are they known as quality products or will I invest in one of them and regret it later? Can you tell me much about each of these companies I'm considering? How's their training and/or customer support?

Thanks.

gryphonslair99 12-12-2018 08:55 PM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
ACDSee has been around for many years and has excellent products.

Mamiya2Nikon 12-12-2018 09:28 PM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
Thank you!

gryphonslair99 12-12-2018 10:29 PM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
Since you only mentioned the two I am going to toss out a third option. Capture One Pro. https://www.phaseone.com/en/Capture-One.aspx


I will warn you that it is more expensive than the others but by far the best. While my Adobe photography subscription includes Lightroom I use Capture One pro. I use ACDSee as my image browser.

Mamiya2Nikon 12-12-2018 11:20 PM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
Thanks. Yes, I've heard good things about Capture One. It is a lot more expensive than ACDSee, Luminar or for that matter, Lightroom as well. I'm a passionate hobbyist, not a professional.
So I nixed it.

Organizing and tagging my collection is very important to me. If I add keywords to ACDSee but one day wish to move to one of the above alternatives, will I have to enter keywords all over again or will they remain if I begin using a different organizer app?

gryphonslair99 12-14-2018 05:59 PM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
I don't know for sure. Go to ACDSee's web sight and check the FAQ for the program you are interested in. Some do, but most don't. Most programs use a proprietary library system.

Mamiya2Nikon 12-14-2018 07:19 PM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
I checked and I believe the news is good.
IPTC keywords will be saved in the IPTC , or XMP sidecar for RAW images for ACDSee's Pro and Ultimate versions of their software.
To the best of my knowledge, this is not proprietary.
Thanks for your help, Gryphonslair99!

tomiduplex 03-05-2019 08:55 AM

Re: Photo Organizer& Editing alternative to Lightroom
 
Howdy :) Zoner Photo Studio X is a great alternative to Lr at a fraction of the cost. I've been happy with it for the past few months. They're almost unknown globally though and I feel that they deserve more credit. https://www.zoner.com/


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