Photo Archiving Software

With photo archiving software, individuals can label, organize, and store digital photographs. The need for such a program is obvious. Even infrequent amateur photographers soon find themselves overwhelmed with hundreds of images that need to be transferred from the digital camera's memory stick to some other storage device. Moving the images to a personal computer's hard drive is only a temporary solution, though it is an important first step in photo management. The danger in leaving photographs only on the personal computer is that hard drives sometimes crash, almost always without any warning. Everyone either has a horror story or has heard one from a friend about the loss of valuable information when this unexpected event happens to a computer. It's especially heartbreaking to lose cherished photographs that cannot be replaced. But photo library software usually offers features that will protect the total loss of digital photos. Some software programs will also allow individuals to scan prints from the pre-digital age and other types of documents. These are converted into images that can then be labeled, organized, and stored like the digital photographs.

Of course, families aren't the only target market for photo archiving software. Many companies now specialize in a field known as digital asset management, or DAM. These innovative companies are in the business of designing progressive software that meets the needs of the ever-expanding ecommerce industry. This is an exciting time in history when practically anybody can be an entrepreneur with an online store. The more successful store owners will begin with a solid plan for marketing the chosen products to the targeted audience. An online store has several advantages. For one, it is much less expensive than starting out with the overhead expenses associated with a physical location. In addition, an online store's customers aren't limited to those within driving distance of a physical address, but can live anywhere in the world where internet access is available and a package can be delivered. Practically every online store, whether it sells a single product or a large range of items, needs some type of photo library software that efficiently tags, organizes, and stores digital images that can be easily added to the entrepreneur's website.

National chains, those with household names, almost always have an online presence these days. Not only do they promote the items sold at their retail locations, but they often sell items on the website that cannot be purchased at local stores. By including the online items in selected advertising, the chains entice consumers to visit the website. Once at the site, the consumer may be encouraged to sign up with an email address to receive special coupons or to be given advance notice of sales. These retailers know the value of maintaining a good relationship with return customers. They want their company's website to be as attractive and appealing as possible. Considering all the many graphics and images that are included on such sites, especially those with photographs of practically every product, it's clear to see that a reliable photo archiving software application is an absolute must for a company's digital asset management program. The employees on the digital asset management team need to be able to categorize, locate, and publish the product images in as efficient a manner as possible. This requires a powerful application that provides advanced labeling and organizing features.

Families, ecommerce entrepreneurs, and major chains are joined in the need for photo library software by such nonprofit organizations as museums and art galleries. Digital asset management allows these types of organizations to create both online photo galleries and traditional catalogs of the items in their collections. The nonprofit's directors or administrators can browse through the library of photographs to select the best ones to highlight on the website's front page and which ones to include in published reports and documents. This is beneficial for several reasons. The organization's website and published materials can be used in marketing campaigns that encourage tourists to visit the nonprofit. They can also be included in presentations for grant funding applications and large gala benefits. In addition, the organization may have a gift shop that sells such items as calendars, note cards, art books, and even prints of selected items. All these can be showcased on the website and made available for purchase by consumers browsing on the internet. Many classic works of art were inspired by Biblical themes. In this way, it could be said that: "One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness (Psalm 145:4-6).

A photo archiving software program should include such basic features as photo editing and the ability to label or annotate photos so that they can be catalogued and easily retrieved. A more advanced program may also include a feature that allows additional information to be attached to a specific photograph, such as the names of the people in the picture or even a short story. Some companies may need a digital asset management system that works on an intranet, thus allowing users on multiple computers to access the same library of photographs. A web interface like this usually requires the employees to log in with a user name and password to provide a layer of security for the system's images. Advanced photo library software programs like this usually include an index database that creates contact sheets and reports. The digital asset management industry continues to improve and expand the available features of photo archiving software to meet the needs of consumers, whether they are families, the online stores of entrepreneurs, established chains or nonprofit organizations.

Photo Database Software

For the digital shutterbug, a photo database software program is an absolute must. Anyone who has taken a photo in the past few months knows how easy it is to go overboard the clicking of that smooth little shutter button now that the cost of film and film processing is no longer a consideration. Photographs are spontaneously taken of the grand and the mundane, not just once but multiple times. Before long, hundreds of images are taking up space on the digital camera's memory card and something has got to be done with them. Even a basic digital photo management software program can bring order to the chaos of hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs cluttering up a computer hard drive.

As with the growth of any popular industry, companies have sprung up to meet the needs of consumers who have grabbed onto the digital photography bandwagon with no plans of going back to traditional film cameras. These photographers, whether amateur or professional, novice or advanced, need a way to store and organize their photographs. Well-known companies have been joined by new upstarts to provide storage, maintenance, organizing, and printing capabilities to consumers. After opening an account with a specific business by registering with a username and password (and providing whatever identifying information that is requested), a consumer can upload photographs to that company's website. But some people prefer storing their treasured photographs on a personal computer system. For these consumers, photo database software developers have created a wide assortment of products that provide an excellent alternative to online photography sites. The only difficulty now is for each consumer to choose the best program that will meet his or her needs and requirements. A multitude of options are available and many have similar features. Almost any digital photo management software should, at the very least, provide organizational and search-and-find options. Many have more advanced cataloging and publishing features.

The foundation for any storage or retrieval system begins with appropriate and thoughtful organization. When digital images are first moved from the digital camera to the computer hard drive, they should be organized into folders and subfolders as soon as possible. For most families, an easy organizational system might begin with a folder for each calendar year. Subfolders could be named for each month or for specific events that occur within the year, such as a child's birthday party, the class trip to the zoo, or spending Thanksgiving with the in-laws. Each photo should be annotated or given a caption. With the use of its search feature, the photo database software can then retrieve specific photographs based on the use of keywords. This makes it much easier to find the one photograph a person wants without opening a lot of folders to do so. Of course, there are other ways to organize folders. Some people may find it easier to think in terms of categories. For instance, all Christmas pictures would be placed in the same main folder. The sub-categories may be by year or some other designation that makes sense to the person setting up the organizational system. The psalmist wrote: "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way" (Psalm 37:23). Order, whatever the categories and structure, is always better than a chaotic mishmash.

Small business owners and hobbyists can also take advantage of digital photo management software to promote their products and interests. With the phenomenal growth of online auctions, many individuals need sharp, focused images of the items they wish to sell. A digital camera is an inexpensive and quick way to get quality photographs that can be uploaded to the auction site. Hobbyists, such as coin and stamp collectors, may wish to host a website that showcases the individual pieces of the collections. Here again, a digital camera can take a quality photograph that can be easily inserted into a website. With the appropriate digital photo management software, the images can be organized and sorted for easy viewing and selection. Some software packages have the capability of cataloging both photos and graphics. This can be a beneficial feature to the collector when designing and updating a website.

A small business owner may wish to distribute print catalogs of her store's products in addition to selling them online. She will need a photo database software program that provides the capability to create documents. Though most programs include templates for making and printing photograph albums, this small business owner will want advanced applications for designing a professional catalog that uses the photographic images she has taken of her products. These more advanced applications usually allow detailed information to be attached to each image and the capability for the information to be changed or edited at a later date.

It practically goes without saying that the photo database software program will have such basic functions as red-eye reduction, cropping, and rotation of photographs. Amateur photographers with advanced skills, along with the professionals, will most likely choose programs that offer additional features for editing digital images. Prospective consumers will also want to pay attention to such important features as printing options and the ability to share photos with others. The digital photo management software industry is a competitive one. Consumers can take advantage of free trial versions to be sure they make the best choice for the storage and organizing of their digital photographs.

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