Looking for an picture management program - ideas please.

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at gmail.com
Sat Jul 5 16:48:44 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-04 at 22:15 +0100, Chris G wrote:
> I'm looking for a picture (image) management program to handle a large
> collection of photos dating from the 1960s to the present day.
> My *main* requirement is a program which allows me to store the photos
> in a standard directory hierarchy and which uses that hierarchy as the
> basic organisation. My main structure is a series of directories which
> are named by year, i.e. I have directories called 1994, 1995, 1996,
> 1997, etc.  Then within the year directories I have sub-directories
> containing the actual images, I want to call these things like:-
>     Jan - Snow at Newbourne
>     April - visit to Poland
>     April - pictures of pets at home
>     May - riding
> Now the big issue is that I want to be able to sort these directories
> containing the images in chronological order.  This basically requires
> either that the program allows me to add some sort of property to an
> image directory indicating its date or it allows me to sort the
> directories manually.
> Even if I use numbers for the months (01 - Jan, 02 - Feb, etc.) it's
> not a perfect solution because different directories for the same
> month will still not be sorted correctly (e.g. April above).
> Does anyone know of an image viewing/editing/managing program that
> provides this sort of organisation?  At the moment I'm using digikam
> which is close to what I want but doesn't provide the chronological
> sorting I want within its folder structure.

Google Picasa is worth a look, if you don't mind it not being free.


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