All (and there is a lot) of the image management programs and websites purport to allow users to organize their image collections. However, my wife and I have over 3,500 images which are not well organized, and we found all the options we tried to be cumbersome at best in bringing any type of order to this. So we brainstormed what we wanted, and came up with the following feature list:
- Non-proprietary database (i.e. we want our images portable anywhere! and certainly don’t want to be locked into any one site from a long-term perspective.)
- Easy to use / fast – able to crank through 3,500+ images without wasting time
- Ability to add metadata directly to the image format itself (EXIF/IPTC/etc.) rather than storing it in that proprietary database we mentioned not wanting earlier
So we are designing and implementing some quick software that will accomplish these goals. Initially this will be used to organize our collection of images, however if we find it quite useful, we may go further with the concept. More to come as progress is made.