Manage your photo collection with JPhotoTagger

downloadWith the Holiday Season upon us, its important to have the right digital photo utilities in your tool box. You’re going to want to find your stuff and get it together quickly so that you can share them with family and friends. This is why I really like tools like JPhotoTagger. It’s a digital photo utility for Windows and it can help you keep track of all of your digital photos.

JPhotoTagger is a platform independent Photo Manager, that has a native installer for Windows. You can use it to manage and find your photos quickly through the application of keywords, descriptions and other tags. It uses autocomplete to help speed up adding or editing tags, making it easy to apply them, and then eventually, search for them. All tags are written into XMP sidecar files and JPhotoTagger’s database. Your photos aren’t modified.

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One of JPhotoTagger’s best features is its ability to work with other applications like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. JPhotoTagger automatically reads tags from new and changed sidecar files and updates it’s own database. You can tag your photos with Lightroom and JPhotoTagger, even on different operating systems, and JPhotoTagger can work with and use those tags. The app runs on any system where Java is installed.

Depending on how you have your photos organized, using utilities like JPhotoTagger can be a huge help. If your photo library is large, like mine, having some way to quickly organize and add metadata to it that will help you find what you’re looking for so you can add photos to the right folders; or to find what you want to share with friends and family can be important.

The biggest problem that I see with JPhotoTagger is that it uses and needs Java to run. Aside from the security issues, which are numerous and enough to make you not want to install it on your machine, getting Java is problematic enough, in that there are a number of different suspicious apps that really want to install when you try to go and find the install file for your platform at Java.com.  

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Create instant slideshows with your digital photos, videos and music with ProShow

My daughter is getting married and will make a grandfather out of me this year.  I’m going to be taking a lot of digital pictures over the next few months. I’m certain of it. This is one of the biggest reasons why I really like ProShow Gold. It’s a slideshow creator for Windows.

With ProShow Gold, you can instantly create slide shows on your desktop with unlimited photos, videos & music. After they’re created, you can share them online or on your TV.  Slideshows are easily created drag and drop.  You can create unlimited slideshows with an unlimited amount of photos, videos or songs. ProShow Gold lets you tell your story the way you want.

Making use of different Wizards, you can get going in just a few clicks.  ProShow Gold has hundreds of effects, transitions, motion effects and fancy pre-made slide styles. You can use a single photo per slide, or have fun with multi-layered effects. When you’re done, you can easily share your slideshow online via Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo. You can also use ProShow Gold to create DVDs, Blu-ray discs or CDs to watch on your TV or your computer.

If your photos aren’t quite up to snuff, don’t worry. ProShow Gold offers a sea of built-in editing tools. You can fix flaws on the spot with crop, auto-correct and red-eye removal tools. You can transform a color photo or video into dramatic black and white. You can even do basic video editing.

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Manage and edit your digital photo collection with ACDSee 14

With the holidays fast approaching, people are going to be taking a LOT of digital pictures. With my digital SLR, its easy, and not uncommon for me to take well over 300 pictures at a family gathering. After that, it’s usually transfer, convert and tweak…the first two are easy. The last one, however, can be a bit of a problem as finding the right tools to tweak pictures the way you want isn’t always easy. That’s why I’m glad I’ve got ACDSee 14. It’s an awesome digital photo manager and editor, and its available for Windows.

ACDSee 14 is the ideal photo editor and photo manager for your PC, with all the features you need to organize your photo collection. You can edit and add effects to your images, and share your photos online. You can quickly find and organize your photos, and with its easy-to-use photo editing tools, get a perfect result every time. If you make a mistake, don’t worry. Your originals are always preserved, so you can go back and start over if needed.

Getting the best exposure for your shots is often difficult. It’s easy to ruin a great shot with too much or too little light. If that happens, don’t worry. ACDSee’s patented LCE (Lighting and Contrast Enhancement) technology can instantly lighten shadows and reduce highlights in one click; or you can manually adjust individual sliders to fine tune every aspect of your photo. You can change the tonal range, white balance, and color balance of your photos with its easy-to-use adjustment tools.

You can unleash your creativity with its cool special effects and then share your images through e-mail, social media or your own personal space on ACDSeeOnline.com. You can showcase images in an attractive, advertising-free photo sharing interface and easily manage your online images. To insure that only the “right” people see your shots, ACDSeeOnline.com employs full privacy control. You can also control resolution settings. You’ll have a full 10GB of free storage space for your photo collection.

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Pinnacle Studio HD the Homemade Hollywood

Choice is a good thing.  With the 2011 Holiday Season fast approaching, I know that many are going to be taking a lot of video and digital pictures, and are going to be struggling with the best way to share the memories.  Yes, online services like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, are nice; but not everyone has or wants to create an online media account. This is why I like applications like Pinnacle Studio HD. It’s a media editing and sharing application for Windows.

Pinnacle Studio HD makes it easy to edit your movies and digital photos like a pro. With it, you can quickly import videos and photos from a wide range of devices, and then edit scenes and create professional-looking HD movies with over 1,800 included effects, titles, and other content. When you’re done, you can export complete projects to today’s most popular formats or burn them to DVD, and share them with the world. If you make a mistake or your PC crashes, don’t worry. Pinnacle studio HD has a unique new Archive and Restore tool that conveniently backs up projects to preserve your work.

After you have your video and pictures imported and have created a project, you can access over 1,000 unique, professional-level transitions and effects with themes from Pinnacle’s Hollywood FX Volumes 1–3. The app also includes HFX Editor for creating custom effects.  Best of all, the app includes the ability to edit HD video on your computer-with ultra-fast performance when using AVCHD and H.264-based formats.

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Take charge of your graphics, icons and digital photos with irfanView

Taking control of your digital photos isn’t an easy task. If you’re like my family and have a lot of children and a photo happy wife, then you’re going to accumulate a lot of digital pictures over the years. This is why I’m happy I’ve got things like irfanView.  It’s a graphics and digital photo editor and management tool for Windows

irfanView (pronounced ear-fan-view) is designed to be simple for beginners yet powerful enough for professionals or advanced users.  It was the first Windows graphic viewer with Multiple (animated) GIF support, and one of the first graphic viewers with Multipage TIF support. It was also the first graphic viewer with Multiple ICO support.

irfanView supports many file formats, and includes support for select RAW file formats, so you may be able to edit files right off your digital camera, before you convert them to a more popular format. It also supports Adobe Photoshop filters, allowing you to bring power to an easier to use editing program, all this even before you consider its own drawing and editing tools.

One of the best things about irfanView is that it runs from a single executable file. It doesn’t require any dynamic link libraries (DLL’s) that may be installed or scattered across your hard drive in order to run.  It also doesn’t contain any registration or nag messages. The application is free, though the author does appreciate monetary support through donations.

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