Do you take digital photos? Are they stored on your computer or on your camera’s memory card? If they are in your computer – bravo! – but are you able to quickly find what you need when you need it? The computer is the 21st century version of the shoebox: all the photos get thrown in the computer and most people STILL can’t find that photo of Aunt Sally they took at the family reunion.
Lots of people use the folder system to organize their photos. Some elaborate examples are blogged about here: http://www.trustyetc.com/trustyblog/?p=74
The problem with folders is that they are time consuming to create, allow you to view your pictures only one at a time, and don’t provide an efficient method for cross-referencing. If you DO try to cross reference, you are usually forced to create multiple copies of the same image, so space quickly becomes a problem.
I am a photo organization and memory preservation consultant. Since I help people organize their photos and capture the stories behind them, it is essential that I, myself, am organized!
Creative Memories’ “Memory Manager” software is simple and elegant in design, with more sophisticated and intuitive features than the popular programs Picasa or Photoshop Elements. And at $40, it’s less than half the price.
Like the other two programs, Memory Manager organizes not only digital images, but also digital video, scanned documents, and audio files (including MP3’s). It allows for single-click editing and CD/DVD backup. Like Photoshop, it displays multiple thumbnail images and allows for quick drag and drop sorting. But here are some amazing Memory Manager features the other two programs don’t offer:
- Stores both import date and picture date – and allows sorts on either
- Allows picture date edits – great for scanned-in photos or correcting photos mis-dated by your camera – & shows a visual timeline of all files
- Searches by season (winter, spring, summer, fall) using “fuzzy” dating logic
- Unlimited journaling with spell check for every file; journaling stays with the file
- Option for automatic shadow copies of all files, images & journaling upon program close for painless backups
- Cross-tag and file pictures in multiple places WITHOUT making multiple copies
- Powerful custom search on key words or strings, by event, by date, or by individuals in the picture
- Has the option to overwrite after edit or keep individual revisions
- Revisions are kept with original photo for easy viewing and managing
- View images that have been printed or not printed
- Has 45 print layout templates. Easily make index prints, wallets, 8×10’s or unique combinations of sizes
- Create & print custom journal boxes with or without borders in desired size, font, & colors
- Create a custom default toolbar with your favorite editing tools
The editing features are awesome because they are simple for non-technical people to learn and use. The search feature is my favorite because of the versatility. I am able with just a few clicks to locate and display all the photos taken in summer showing both our kids.
My husband John was skeptical. He demanded a showdown and challenged me to find a particular copy of a picture of Emily just after birth, which we had in some folder on the home server AND on a backup CD. Using Memory Manager, I had the image up on my screen before he had even found the CD with the image on it!
Memory Manager also comes bundled with Storybook Creator – free digital scrapbooking software that creates albums using simple drag and drop functionality.
To take a virtual tour of Memory Manager, go here: http://www.CMmemorymanager.com/
To purchase this software AND receive free, in-person, one-on-one training, go here: http://www.myCMsite.com/DebS
Welcome to the 21st century!