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#57478 Digital Documents/Media File Organization Method

Posted by Athena on 15 April 2013 - 01:15 PM in Discussion

I'm finding it more important to include the metadata for photographic images in the image itself than in the image's formally defined metadata.

I use my photo organizing software (Thumbs Plus) to do that too. When share a hardcopy of a photograph, I can generate an image with a border that includes the metadata. That's what I do when I print copies for relatives. That way, the recipient can paste it into an album or pass it along to some one else with the critial information.

The technique is described in this article. I've been using ThumbsPlus for over a decade so when I saw the article a few years ago, I decided to do a little experimenting with it and it works reasonably well. I do have some enhancement requests in with Cerious to improve it but Breeze Browser doesn't do any better.

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#57365 Digital Documents/Media File Organization Method

Posted by Athena on 09 April 2013 - 06:28 PM in Discussion

Keep it Simple :) so you can easily find them without creating an additional index. Meta Data is needed but would not use it for attaching to RM unless the title matches the name you gave it when saving your photo.

The whole point of metadata is that you don't have to keep a separate index -- the descriptors are part of the file itself. All of my images and documents (over 5000 items and growing) are tagged with IPTC and/or XMP metadata and Windows automatically indexes it. I don't have to use any kind of complicated filing system because I can find anything quickly with keywords. For example, surname and "vital records" immediately displays all vital records for that line and I can break it down even more by the person's name which I store as headline. I don't have to keep track of anything externally, a simple Windows search will take me directly to the documents/images I need.

I find it very annoying that when I select an item for inclusion in the media gallery, RM doesn't offer me the option to use the data (Title/Description) that is already there. These are media standards that, IMHO, should be honored by RM.