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    Software for archiving negatives?

    Hi,

    Wondering of anyone knows of any simple software I could use to create a database of my negatives so I could search on key words and find the one I want?

    Thanks

    Matt

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    Matt,

    Take a look at IView. It is a very good cataloging application.

    http://www.iview-multimedia.com/products/

    Allen

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    AllenR and Matt
    this is why I like APUG, I was thinking lately of the same thing as matt and now a link has been provided.

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    A potentially less expensive option would be to give serious thought to how much time you want to spend maintaining the image-description database, recognizing that any wavering of dedication renders the database almost useless. An ancillary question relates to the longevity of software and operating systems.

    As you might guess from my gloomy attitude toward the subject, I've tried this a couple of times, and eventually decided it wasn't worth the time or effort - for me. I now use a naming scheme for images and the PrintFile sheets that gets me to the subject matter or location quickly, grouping them by general category.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    I have a much better system, I now keep all my negatives in one building; so I know exacctly where they are.
    Regards Dave.

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    I use FileMaker Pro for my database of edition prints and negatives. It is completely customizable (complete with photos) for whatever database needs you may have. I find it to be an excellent overall solution.

    See it at:

    http://www.filemaker.com/

    Bill

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    I use Commence by Commence Corp, (a Personal Information Manager first marketed by IBM as Current). Commence has design software that make it easy to create databases, reports, displays, etc., based upon my own requirements and desires. I've been using it for over 10, maybe even close to 20 years.
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    I use an old film box and a handfull of 3x5 cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    A potentially less expensive option would be to give serious thought to how much time you want to spend maintaining the image-description database, recognizing that any wavering of dedication renders the database almost useless.
    A few years ago, I started writing my own program to maintain my image database. After about a year of working on it, I realized I was spending all my time writing the darn thing, and not enough time photographing. During this development process, I realized that it was going to require more time to maintain the database than I was willing to invest. I also found out that I have a good memory for images, so I keep my images in print file sleeves and just take them out and put them on the light table when I need something.

    However, I do use a computer system for some aspects of my business. It is custom written, runs on a Windows web server, using Microsoft SQL Server.

    Robert
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    VI + grep.

    (it's a unix thing)

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