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Old 02-28-2013, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default Need a Good Image Organizing Database Software

I work as a graphic illustrator for a small company. Our current graphics library is pretty unorganized and we're looking to find a new software for easier searching/organizing. Currently, we have various folders and subfolders and we use ACDSee, which I ignore in favor of the basic Windows search; ACDSee retrieves lots of gratuitous results even when I know the exact file name and sometimes lags.

Our library consists of Flash MX files (.fla) and their JPEG and Flash animation files (.flv, I believe) published from the originals, so it's essentially 3 files per graphic. The JPEGs are always published simply to see the main work file's contents in a search browser. I'm not sure the purpose of the animation file. We don't use any tags as far as I know and I'm trying to implement standards for how we name the files using key words, since my supervisor only gradually seems to realize the importance of this. Lots of old file names contain typos or have the words run together rather than separated with underscores as we currently practice, so it can be frustrating.

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good image organizing software? I'm trying to read up on this but most software seems to emphasize photography. Maybe it would be the same principal. My boss might consider paying for software, but I'd also consider freeware programs.

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What you are looking for is "digital asset management" (DAM) software. I'd suggest taking a look at "The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers"--the link is to a used copy at Better World Books priced at $3.98 and I'd suggest that you pay for shipping as their free ship is sent media mail so it will take a week or so to get to you (new, the book sells for $35-ish so I think, even paying for shipping you'd get a very good deal...'-}})

While the emphasis is on photographic images, much of what he has to say can apply to any sort of digitially-based imaging and I think chapter 7--Using Cataloging Software--will give you a feel for what's available out there and why it might be useful and the other chapters discuss approaches to organizing, cataloguing, naming schemes, etc.--generally getting stuff into workable, accessible categories...

For just viewing, you might also take a look at IrfanView although I'm not sure if it supports flash stuff but it might because it supports a huge number of different formats and it's free for non-commercial use--not sure if that would apply to you but maybe you could download it at home and check it out and if it's something workable for your situation, touch base with IrfanView to see what the commercial cost is.

Hope that helps...

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Yep, it supports flash (I'm guessing that you'd need to have Adobe's flash player installed, but if you're cataloging flash files, you'd have that anyhow).

It's hard to sort out how to buy it on the site, but there's a Support IrfanView page that asks for a donation of 10 euro. From something I found elsewhere, that's also the way to purchase a license.

   
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steve: It's hard to sort out how to buy it on the site, but there's a Support IrfanView page that asks for a donation of 10 euro. From something I found elsewhere, that's also the way to purchase a license.
That's good to know...I had browsed around looking for commercial license cost and how to buy but found only the donation page...

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You might want to consider the "Digital Asset Management" category of software, which I know almost nothing about. This includes cloud-enabled software, server-based, standalone, etc. Extensis Portfolio is an example of DAM software.

   
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andrew: Extensis Portfolio is an example of DAM
I couldn't remember any examples when I was replying so thanks for mentioning that...'-}}

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