Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Following Taneya's Tip

I love it when I pick up a really useful tip from another geneablogger.

Yesterday as I was catching up on some blog reading I came across a recent Tech Tuesday post from Taneya Koonce in which she talked about the organisation of her digital images. She mentioned that she had been a user of Picasa but that when Google withdrew support for that product she returned to an ACDSee  product she had used previously.

That post was so timely for me as I have been looking around for something to replace Picasa.  Picasa still works but I don't want to be in a situation where it may crash and I lose all the info I have added to my images with the program.

I immediately investigated the ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 10 program by seeking out reviews and reading posts in user groups. There was a lot of positivity so I took advantage of the month's free trial and downloaded the program.

Playing with ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 10
After 6 hours use I find that it is a sophisticated package that has some features I may never use but it does what I want and more. The tags I had assigned to all my images in Picasa have appeared in the IPTC Metadata keyword field. This was a major criteria for me, a feature that was essential. Being able to apply metadata that conforms to IPTC international standards is most important to this old librarian, I have spent most of my time today doing that. I have played around with retrieving images from my sample collection and that works well.

I only had to resort to the Help Menu a couple of times as I played with my photos from 2017 so I guess that means it is fairly intuitive.

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 10  is not cheap but is on special online for $USD99 until 17th January. I won't be parting with my money immediately. I'll play with the program a little more but I am confident that I have found a solution that suits my purposes.

8 comments:

jennyalogy said...

You'll have to show it to me. I'm still using Picasa

Susie Zada said...

Hi Jill,

Just in case it meets your needs, have a look at Photoscape - this is freeware (bonus) and lots of options.

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

Regards ... Susie Z

Jill Ball said...

Will do. BTW I'm now travelling to Rootstech on the Thursday.

Jill Ball said...

Thanks Susie. Will do before I fork out my $$$.

Sharon said...

I need to sort out my images. I have my other files in perfect order but images are a mess!
I have tried Adobe Bridge.

Jenny Mackay said...

I had a look at ACDSee and it does look good. I like that you can still add stories, sort by date etc and it uses the Pictures folder already on your computer. Also had a quick look at Photoscape, however that does look to be just an editing software not for organisation. I've been using Historian for quite a few years, previously called Memory Manager by Creative Memories, however I always worry if the company goes under. It doesn't use the Pictures folder. It has it's own hierarchy which is a very obscure, so you can't use your photos outside of the software. Not good. Thanks for sharing your journey with photo organising.

JL Beeken said...

If you're looking for IPTC-standard, and free (for Windows), try GeoSetter. http://www.geosetter.de/en/download/

The IPTC tags are secondary to the mapping features but just as good.

Genie Jen said...

This was interesting to me as I have used ACDSee for several years when it came with my first digital camera. I have upgraded over the years and am now up to ACDSee20. It's not the Ultimate version but is more than adequate for my needs and affordable too.

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