software for photographic slide catalog

Una Smith unasmith at phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Tue Jan 14 20:08:40 EST 1992


As a biologist, I own a growing collection of slides.  For most, I want
to record a date (year and month, at least), location, and the names of
any people and/or scientific and/or common names of any plants and
animals appearing in the picture.  If I were to build an old-fashioned
card catalog for my collection, there would be many "access points" per
slide.  Clearly, I need a computer program to handle creation,
maintenance/updating/corrections, and elaborate searches on keywords,
geographic names, etc.

Any suggestions?  I've been told some bibliographic software packages
have some options for image cataloging, but they sound pretty
rudimentary.  I know no photographers who bother to do any cataloging at
all.  I realize that all cataloging systems involve a lot of work, which
may never pay off because most slides will never be used more than 6
months after they're taken...so, is it even worth bothering with?

   - Una



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