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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Keep your DVD collection up to date with EMDB – Eric’s Movie Database

If you’re like me, then you love movies. I’ve got literally hundreds of DVD’s in my movie collection. Some of them are physical, some are digital; but they all need organizing. This is where EMDB saved my bacon. It’s a DVD collection app for Windows and its pretty cool.

EMDB is a small utility to keep track of your DVD collection. The app allows you to keep your DVD collection up-to-date. It features automatic data import from IMDB, and can export data to csv, text or to a complete website. It also has thumbnail cover previews.

EMDB - Eric's Movie Database

The thing that I really like is its loan tracker. With it, you can keep track of which friend and relatives have borrowed which movies. Remember the saving my bacon part… ? Yeah…that was it. With such a large movie collection, I’ve got friends and relatives pulling things out of my movie cabinets all the time. With EMDB, I know who has what, and how long they’ve had it.

EMDB is a decent DVD catalog manager. The fact that it can pull all of the relevant meta data you would want from IMDB is pretty cool. It would be a winner just with that feature. Its loan tracker, however is what really attracted me to it. I’ve got people sticking their hands in my DVD collection all the time. EMDB makes it very easy to know who has what, and where I might be able to find it when it stays gone too long.

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Quickly bring organization to the chaos of your life with ShoutDone

I’m all about process. Everything that you do is process oriented – from the simplest things like your morning routine, to service and repair depot activities – everything can be broken down into basic steps and to-do’s that make up a process flow.

Managing process isn’t always easy. It’s very common to have multiple tasks going at once and keeping track of all that can become cumbersome, time consuming and difficult. That’s why I like ShoutDone. It’s a multiplatform task management tool.

ShoutDone allows you to complete a six step process in managing your projects – Capture tasks, Organize, Process, Sync, Review and Do. Once you’ve made it through the process, you should be well on your way to process optimization and a well tracked, well managed process. It’s actually very easy.

ShoutDone allows you to easily capture your tasks. With it you can quickly add all of your projects and tasks to capture absolutely everything that needs doing. Once captured, you can sort through your projects and tasks using ShoutDone’s drag-and-drop ‘inbox’ tool. Here, you can prioritize tasks and identify next steps, ensuring that you’re always progressing toward your goals and milestones.

Once you’re on your way, you can review your progress at any point. ShoutDone gives you a clear overview of your tasks, while its filters generate ‘living’, contextual lists. At that point, all you have to do (other than completing the actual work) is tick off the tasks as they are completed. If you want to take your tasks with you, The Pro version of ShoutDone synchronizes information between multiple PCs and/or Macs.

I am all about the to-do lists. Managing them helps me manage not only my day, but also the projects I’m responsible for. ShoutDone does all of this, AND it integrates with Evernote, giving me the ability to use my notes with my tasks. The Pro version is $37USD as of this writing for a 3 PC license, which is an awesome price. If you’re looking for a task management tool, give serious consideration to ShoutDone, as it may be the tool that you’ve been looking for.

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Collect, organize, and retain lecture and study material quickly and easily with Knowledge NoteBook

Getting good grades is harder today than it was when I was a kid.  I didn’t have to go to kindergarten.  Now, not only do kids have to go to kindergarten, they must learn to read, and read well, before they get to first grade.  I didn’t learn to read until the first grade. In today’s faster paced classrooms, I’m glad there are tools like Knowledge Notebook. It’s a multiplatform study tool.

Knowledge Notebook is targeted for use by older students that need to get organized quickly.  With it, students can organize their lecture or class notes.  The note-taking tool provides three fields for taking a note: subject, tag (key concept) and notes. So, you can easily link your notes to subject matter, and the tag allows you to highlight important note content.  The result is a structured, clean note foundation for later review.

Each note is not an isolated island. The Notes Association feature allows you to associate one note with another for conceptual proximity or relationship. For example, a note about auto engine ignition is related to another note about auto engine induction, and both of them are related to a note about auto engine; associations which this feature allows you to draw, organizing information while helping you to better understand the relationships.

In order to prep for exams, many students review and re-review their lecture notes.  Knowledge Notebook allows you to condense all of your notes into a single PDF that can easily be printed or shared with friends and classmates.

In addition to consolidating all of your notes, Knowledge Notebook’s Learning Assessment Engine informs you if you’ve learned what is expected from your lecture or class notes.  All you have to do is click two buttons and the engine evaluates what you’ve retained and displays the results instantly.

In summary, a word processor such as Word is good for creating a document for presentation, but Knowledge Notebook helps you to simplify learning with recording, organizing, understanding, and remembering knowledge and information! And equally important, you instantly know if you’ve learned something (for qualitative subjects).

Word processors and note taking apps are ok for recording information, but when it comes to organizing and comprehending material, that’s a different matter. Knowledge Notebook helps you collect, organize, and retain lecture and study material quickly and easily.  A word of caution, however, the app requires Java and depending on the security settings on your PC, the app may require additional steps to effectively use on the platform of your choice.

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