program to manage media collection stored on multiple devices ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by paulCC, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
    I have collected a large collection of photos I took over the years. I am afraid it's more quantity than quality, but that is a different subject :)

    I was wondering if there is a tool to do the following:
    - keep selected photos on the main computer
    - keep a small preview of all photos on the main computer
    - support storage of full size photos on a set of external drives
    - keep track of all the copies of the photos on several external drives on the main computer, so one can quickly find which external drive the original is on
    - perform synchronisation of new photos to external drives, multiple sets for redundancy
    - possibly even synchronise selected photos on the cloud

    As I am re-reading the above, it sounds like a a lot of specialized requirements, but it seems to me like this is an issue facing anyone with a large set of media files.

  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    Maybe you can give a try....

    to Aperture. Seems to me almost anything in your list can be done with it, natively or with plug ins, if you do some research. Only thing I doubt is about the cloud. But maybe Adobe Lightroom can be useful too.:):apple:
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2012
    With Lightroom you can keep the library database and thumbnails on an internal drive...and have photos in that library sitting on N other drives. The key is to move photos with LR, not the OS. When you move photos outside of LR, LR does not have a clue where the photos are located.

    The last 3TB USB 3 drive we puchased at Costco was something like $130. So you can likely put all of you scattered photos onto one drive. And naturally use Time Machine to backup that drive (and all the others).

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