Image Database Software
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: stcyhood-ga
List Price: $10.00
19 Aug 2006 16:55 PDT
Expires: 18 Sep 2006 16:55 PDT
Question ID: 757743
A friend of mine has owned/operated a tattoo shop for over 7 years now and has quite an extensive collection of ?flash? cards (graphic drawings for tattoo placement that hang on the wall for customers to choose from). He has around 4,000 of these flash cards and has a very hard time keeping up with/finding them. If he could somehow index these on his computer (and also somehow categorize them with searchable keywords) it would make his life much, much easier with his ?ever growing? collection. 1) - I have searched the Internet and have come up with a few different possibilities of applications/software available to purchase, however, I would hate to find out later that there was 'a better way' to do it. 2) - I know he would definitely have to do a lot of scanning, categorizing, and multiple keyword assigning on the front end but I feel it would pay off in the future if he could get this done with one software or application and then update accordingly. 3) - I also realize that just about all of the camera and photo/imaging software come with a feature that allows you to categorize/keyword assign each photo/image but I?m not sure that this would be the correct approach. 4) - I?ve also thought that maybe I could do this for him with Microsoft?s Access or Visual Basic, however, I would have to learn it first and it looks rather complicated, so, I'd rather not try this approach. 5) - I do know that he would like to be able to type in and search by number (the number of the flash card which has anywhere from 5 to 20 images per page) or by category (like eagles, animals, bands, etc.). 6) - Another thing I do need to mention is that he is not very ?computer literate?. He only uses his computer to do very simple tasks so I?m pretty sure I will have to help him on this? or at the very least, show him how to do the search after the project is completed. My Question is this: Is there a program/software/application that would be perfect for this type of image database/indexing and where would I find it?
Re: Image Database Software
Answered By: tisme-ga on 19 Aug 2006 17:36 PDT
Hello stcyhood-ga, I would advise against creating a custom application to do this. It would certainly be more cost-effective to use something already created. I have recommended some different tools for you below that I think meet your requirements: My recommended choice for you would be to go with flickr (http://flickr.com/) After signing up for a free account, I would immediately upgrade to a Pro account: http://www.flickr.com/upgrade/ (costs $24.95 a year, about $2 a month). With this solution, you don't have to worry about hardware (any internet compatible computer can run it), computer space, security (passworded), losing data (they have a highly redundant service) and their keywording/category system is phenomenal. Other more professional services/products to consider (all had good reviews): http://www.pixfiler.com/ (Cost is about $49 USD) http://www.picajet.com (Cost is $40 USD) Higher end: http://www.fotoware.com/ (Cost is $599 USD) http://www.thirdlight.com/ Again, I recommend you try the flickr route because it seems perfect in my opinion. Please let me know if you require any clarification and I will do my best to further assist you. All the best, tisme-ga Search Strategy: Flickr pro Flickr Image databases Image database
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Re: Image Database Software
From: dmrmv-ga on 29 Aug 2006 10:32 PDT
Google provides free photo software called Picasa that would seem to fit the bill: http://picasa.google.com They have a related service that allows you to upload from Picasa to web albums that can be private or shared, but it's currently invite only I think.
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