Version 4 of the amazing program IDImager was released yesterday after a huge amount of work and testing on the part of Hert, the creator of the program. Version 4 contains numerous improvements on V3 and will make this program much more accessible to anyone needing help with digital asset management - from the casual family photographer right up to multiuser studios.
I've been using IDI for about a year and a half and still haven't realized all of the amazing features this program offers, including:
- labels (similar to 'tags' offered in some other programs) - includes several methods for assigning any type of custom labels to your images, unlimited number of labels per image
- with just a few clicks you can search all images in your catalog using any combination of criteria - pictures of your husband and son taken in the last six months with a keyword of 'sports,' for example
- versioning - one of the huge strengths of this program; it allows you to keep various versions of one image together and change labels and other properties all at once (i.e. the original RAW image, a JPG copy, a black and white version, and a resized version for web use)
- batch functions that can be applied quickly to any group of images
- collections, albums, and galleries can be customized endlessly for however works best for your workflow
- built-in HTML templates to publish your images on your website
- archiving capabilities - to CD/DVD or another folder or hard drive
- slide show editor - including music!
Honestly, I can't say enough about this program (and I'm not even a paid spokesperson, lol!). The price at $69 is very comparable to similar products and I believe it outshines the competition in all areas. The customer service is second to none: the message forum is very active and supportive, and Hert replies personally to nearly all questions.
If you are looking for a way to organize those hundreds or thousands of digital pictures sitting on your computer, I would encourage you to check out IDImager!