Digital cameras make taking photos more convenient. You can snap a couple dozen photos, knowing that if you don't like them, you can easily delete them, and if you do like them, you can easily upload them online. As your photo collection grows, so does your need to organize your pictures into an easy-to-remember filing system.
Photo management software makes it easy to import your photos and manage them. Additionally, most management software also gives you editing abilities so you can quickly perform touchups such as removing red eye or increasing the exposure. Once you've got your photos sorted and in the aesthetic condition you'd like to see them, you can share them on the internet, in book form or in other formats directly from the software. These applications also allow you to backup your files so you don't lose any of the original pictures.
We have compared products such as PhotoDirector 5 Ultra, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture. In comparing products, we looked for those that have the most management and sharing tools, and are the easiest to use. To learn the differences between this type of software and photo editing software, read our articles about photo management software.
Photo management software allows you to organize your images so they are easy to find and quickly upload them to the internet or create them in a format most useful to you. As we researched the products, we identified aspects of this software that can help you increase the beauty of your photos while helping you to keep them accessible.
Photo management software can make it a breeze to organize your photos. When you tag and rate your photos, you can search for all your classic car photos, five-star favorites, your kids' baby pictures or all the photos you took on a particular date.
If the file type you're working with isn't compatible with the software you want to use, it won't be much use to you. Effective software allows you to import and export photos in many file types, including RAW so you can preserve the authentic colors. We looked for products that display the metadata for each photo so you can see when you took the photo, with which camera you shot it and details about the camera settings.
The best photo management software provides you with access to post your photos directly to an online gallery, Facebook, Flickr, Smug Mug or YouTube, as well as the ability to send photos to your cell phone or via email. Some software allows you to make specialty products such as photo albums and frames. You can also make slideshows, CDs and DVDs through many of the products we reviewed.
Ease of Use
We looked for software that is intuitive enough to cut down on time you'll spend using tutorials and reading FAQs. We also weighed the number of organization and editing tools available compared to how easy it is to keep track of where the tools are and what they do. As we reviewed software, we also looked for things that made it more difficult to use. Some products have a delay in showing the changes you are making to the photo, which can make it difficult to get your photos looking just right. It's also more difficult to make precise changes if you can only see the photo in a small preview window. We also considered the number of operating systems that support the software.
Help & Support
Tutorials, online manuals and search features in the manuals are the support options we found most helpful as we tested the products. We looked for manufacturers who offer FAQs and user forums on their websites. We also looked for contact information for the manufacturers that allow you to access technical support in case your software isn't functioning properly.
Photo management software can make the process of organizing your pictures easy. We looked for the software that will best assist you in cleaning up and enhancing your photos quickly, so you can sit back and enjoy them instead of spending your time reading manuals and watching tutorials. With good photo management software, you'll be able to keep track of thousands of pictures and rest assured that they're safely backed up.
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|PhotoDirector 5 Ultra||Adobe Lightroom||Apple Aperture||ACDSee Pro 4||Serif PhotoPlus|
|Search by File Name|
|Organize by Date|
|Organize by Keyword|
|RAW File Compatiblity|
|Add Color Label|
|Organize by Category|
|Help & Support|