Photo library/DAM software for a Mac user

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Richardjoseph, Jul 23, 2010.

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  1. Richardjoseph macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    I am a photographer with a library of around 6,000 images mostly 35mm colour slide and black and white 35mm negatives, (plus more recently jpegs), over the last 30 years. The collection is largely uncatalogued and not well organised. I desperately want to digitalise these images and catalogue them as ultimately I want to establish an online photo library.

    Currently I use a Macbookpro, Imac desktop, Vivitar 6.2 mega pixel digital camera. The first job I need to do is scan my collection. I have an Artiscan 4000T which scans up to 4,000 dpi but what file size should I be aiming for as ultimately the images just have to look reasonable on a computer screen. The Artiscan produces either jpeg or tiff files. Will this be a problem at the cataloguing stage? Do members know of an alternative scanning/copying process?

    The software choices for Mac users initially appears limited as I have read good reviews of Idimager and Imatch but they are both Windows applications only.

    The scanned images will have to be imported to the Mac on a disc as the Artiscan only has a scsi card and does not connect to my Mac.

    I don't plan on altering the images very much. They will all be full frame and no changes to the colour balance etc.

    The choice of Mac software is the next problem area as I don't know whether I need just one or a combination of different software to handle my workflow. There will be jpeg images plus I intend in future to shot in RAW. I take maybe 200-300 images per month.

    The software needs to:

    1. Catalogue my images.
    2. Provide keywording and metadata.
    3. Be relatively simple to use (I would prefer just one programme to learn) and inexpensive.

    Bearing in mind my ultimate aim would be the online photo library should I be looking purely at Pieware like Aperture or lightroom or go for only catalogue software. Maybe there's some great photo library software out there that I haven't heard of yet.

    This is my current predicament and all comments/advice from members would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    Luckily there have been two threads about this in the last two days:

    If you try again tomorrow, maybe choose the Digital Photography sub-forum.

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