Yes, Image *Management* apps.
Posted Apr 20, 2005 2:19 UTC (Wed) by allenp
In reply to: Yes, Image *Management* apps.
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Management Applications
I wonder how many hackers got cameras a few years ago and started work
immediately on a tool to sort the images?
I've got about 13,000 images and about 3000 lines of perl/Tk to manage
them. The image database is an XML file that's now up to about 1.5M.
My ImageTool script takes about a second to start, and most of that
is spent creating the GUI. A query that will return the entire database
has the thumbnail view filled in less than five seconds. Smaller queries
are much faster because they only hit the disk for thumbnail display.
The big problem is to keep up with the tagging. I've had some sort of
tagging capability for about two years, but I've still got piles of
images that have yet to be tagged.
I'd like to thank the grumpy editor for a great conversation-starter. The
two features I see here that I haven't thought to implement are batch
rotation and searching by EXIF date. Another feature I've got on my list
is the ability to email reduced versions of a selection of images to
friends. The free Google tool does that, I think.
I've always intended to release my ImageTool at some point if it ever
stabilized. With so many strong competitors already out there, I may
just keep it to myself. :-)
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