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Best way to Tag Photos - non-Sw specific

Allen Krasna , Dec 21, 2005; 09:50 a.m.

I am about to embark on a serious organization project. I have put my images into directories now - I want to tag my photos. I have 2 questions What is the best SW to use for Tagging (is free Picasa that must worse than $99 Adobe)? How can I tag but get the info into the file itself so it is software package independent.

Thanks Allen


John Kissane , Dec 21, 2005; 11:00 a.m.

Allen the "best" is always subjective. Don't expect a final answer. Ask yourself what you need and/or what you want. Visualize a data base structure that will fill all your points. Then download the SW (most have 30 day trials} and test each one to your requirments. Then you will probably suit YOUR purposes not others opinions.

I personally use (the old) PS Album 2 which is around 50 US for over 21,000 images and it works for me. Organization only. Good luck.

Ted Chambers , Dec 21, 2005; 12:15 p.m.

For software independence, your best bet is any software that supports the IPTC standard. This is an aging standard and really designed for press work. However, it is a standard, is public, and should be portable to the newer standard, which is Adobe's XMP.

I'm not sure what software, if any, currently supports XMP. You could try IMatch, which supports IPTC writing. I use IMatch and am quite happy with it.

Beware of any software that allows changing the EXIF data in an image. EXIF is designed to be read-only, for the most part, and you could end up with unreadable files.

Lucas Masters , Feb 07, 2008; 02:32 a.m.

I used to use Picasa but found iTag to be an excellent (and free!) tool for adding IPTC metadata.

Greg Neils , Oct 25, 2008; 06:06 p.m.

I just found iTag on an independent search. At first glance it is everything that I wanted in a simple program with good visible documentation. It is free abd it is better than the rest.

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