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Photographers: Which photo manager/viewer do you use?

post #1 of 45
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I need a photo manager that works better than the one that comes with Photoshop elements 4.0.

That particular manager makes me want to pull my hair out. The way it organizes files drives me mad, and the way it replaces the original when I modify a RAW is unacceptable.

Maybe it's just user error on my part, but I want something different.

What do you say? It must work with RAW either natively or with a plugin.
post #2 of 45
When you say photo manager, do you mean a Digital Asset Manager? If that's the case, then you should like either iView Multimedia Pro the MS Expression Media or the Extensis Portfolio (I've been using the IMP for the last 3~4 years, it's decent).

However, if you only want a photo manager, then ACDsee Pro might be good.
post #3 of 45
A lot of pros use Photo Mechanic: Welcome to Camera Bits, Inc.

Its more of a browser/tagger than an editor though if that's what you're looking for.
post #4 of 45
I like Adobe Lightroom. It's designed to catalog your images, and handles your workflow from RAW image to finished product, including printing, slideshows and web galleries. The newest version allows local adjustments, like dodging and burning. It will pretty much do anything you need to do as far as digital imaging.
post #5 of 45
I am no photographer and I have to say I am using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. It does slideshow which is really cool.
post #6 of 45
Very pleased with iPhoto.
Not all that advanced, but allow you to organize the photos in multiple ways. The search feature works really well as well.
post #7 of 45
I just organize all my photos into folders with dates and subjects and I use windows thumbnail feature to see what pictures are in each folder. When I open up and view them, I use ACDsee Pro or use Picasa.
post #8 of 45
I use iMatch photools.com - Solutions for Image Management and Digital Photography.

When I started with digital photography, there wasn't any product I could find that had the capabilities of iMatch of assigning multiple categories to one image. It's cheap and I'm very satisfied with it so I've never looked to see if other products have caught up with it.
post #9 of 45
I use Adobe Lightroom.
post #10 of 45
Picasa 3, here's the free download
Picasa 3: Free download from Google
post #11 of 45
I-Photo works for me if I get more serious then Aperture 2.
post #12 of 45
I'm a professional real estate photographer, and I've always -- always -- used ACDSee.

Currently, ACDSee Pro 2.5.

Awe-some!
post #13 of 45
I'm curious, do any of these products allow multiple categories to be assigned to a photograph?
post #14 of 45
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Originally Posted by scompton View Post
I'm curious, do any of these products allow multiple categories to be assigned to a photograph?
Lightroom allows you to add keywords, so you can use those. You can also create collections. The same photo can exist in multiple collections, so that would probably do what you want.
post #15 of 45
Yes, ACDSee allows you to categorize in different ways...ratings, favorites, date, or custom categories. Free trial download at their website.
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