Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Gadget Bag: Get Organized
Software for managing your archive and more!
ACDSee Pro 6 is a browser-based workflow system with a 10 GB cloud space available for backup. Your image files are connected directly to the system, removing the import time most other software requires. ACDSee searches and organizes your files based on metadata, keywords, file properties, GPS location, ratings and color labels. It can save hierarchical keyword searches, such as Nature > Animals > Birds > Eagles. Nondestructive editing includes advanced color management, smart sharpening, red-eye reduction and single image HDR results. Share your images directly through Gmail or Yahoo, Flickr, SmugMug, Zenfolio, Facebook or Twitter. Upload to FTP sites, create slideshows or burn to DVD and CDs. Estimated Street Price: $99. www.acdsee.com
PhotoDirector is a relative newcomer to the management software division, but it has quickly made a place for itself with high-quality organization and innovative non-destructive editing. Flags, rating and color labeling are available, along with face recognition for easy custom organization. PhotoDirector 4 is loaded with adjustment tools. Fine-tune white balance, color and noise or use lens correction tools. Masks with smart-edge detection and gradients along with spot removers for sensor dust make edits quick. But PhotoDirector 4 has a few more advanced editing tools. Content Aware Removal tools assist in removing power lines from landscapes, Background Removal assists in collage creation, and for portraits, Body Shaper assists in adjusting body ratios with a quick intuitive design. Export your photos to different color spaces with different frames, or share directly to Facebook or Flickr. Estimated Street Price: $79. www.cyberlink.com
A bit more of an editor than an organizer, Serif PhotoPlus 6 manages your entire workflow from import to export. The predominant organization methods are album, star rating, flagging or viewing location on a map. But the software has a lot to offer in the way of nondestructive editing. Basics are covered in terms of brightness, contrast, color and perspective tools. HDR enthusiasts will be excited to find the HDR studio where multiple images may be merged into one, as opposed to the other software systems, which only handle single-image HDR simulation. For those interested in importing and restoring vintage photos, tools such as the scratch remover are available to help remove scratches, creases, marks and defects left from age. PhotoPlus 6 provides how-to guides and video tutorials to help you get to know the software. www.serif.com
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