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Old 7th Sep 2014, 11:18 AM   #1
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I want to set up and organize a good reference library of photos for modeling and surfacing. I would like an image viewer that can select multiple files and edit keywords and metadata at the same time.
I'd also like to be able to filter by keyword, so I can bring up all "wood" photos, etc. So far Lightroom seems to be the only one I can find that does it, but I prefer open source. I have some decent tools, IIRC, on my Linux partition, but I can't use Lightwave on Linux
So I need something for Windows.

What are people using?

I've looked at Irfanview, UFRaw, RawTherapee, and a couple others.

Thanks.
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Good Question.... yes... yes..
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I've kind of assumed it would be a huge painful effort to get everything in and categorised, regardless of the software...

But I'd like to know if I am wrong!
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Sorry for the delay in responding. For some reason I seem to have stopped getting email notifications.

I've been trying out quite a few. digiKam is pretty good. I'm leaning towards it at the moment. There are a number of programs that do a pretty good job of replacing Lightroom for its other functionalities, such as Darktable and LightZone, both free.
Shotwell isn't too bad as a viewer, giving the ability to add tags. But for me it was lacking in functionality. I couldn't easily type in keywords to bring up a list of photos.

I think I'm going to stick with digiKam, at least for now. I have it on both my Windows and Linux partitions, so I can work the exact same way in either OS.

As a bonus, in my search I found a couple really cool photo editing tools, such as Darktable and LightZone. Then there's RawTherapee and UFraw.
delaboratory is an interesting little program. All non-destructive, and made more for experimenting with techniques.

digiKam
https://www.digikam.org/

delaboratory
https://code.google.com/p/delaboratory/

LightZone
http://lightzoneproject.org/

Darktable
http://www.darktable.org/

Ufraw
http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

RawTherapee
http://www.rawtherapee.com/

Photoscape
http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

And, of course, there's the one we already know and love:
The Gimp
http://www.gimp.org/
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Okay, so I ran into trouble having digiKam on the linux and Windows partitions and using the same digiKam database. I think it's because they're different versions. I hate to say this, but it looks like Lightroom has the best features as far as this goes. Frustrating. The quest continues!
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