Re: Photo collection management
On Tuesday, 17 January 2006 at 11:22:52 +0100, Piotr Kopszak wrote:
> Dear list,
> Couple of days ago I decided (evidently too late!) that the amount of
> pictures on CD-ROMs and on my disks has attained critical mass and I
> no longer am able to get any orientation whatsover in my
> pictures. That's probably the moment when most other people also think
> about finally starting to use some collection management software. I
> spent couple of days looking but haven't find anything that would
> really suit my needs, that is:
> 1. Possibility of cataloguing my old CD-ROMs without the need of copying
> them to disk.
> 2. No need to rename any files.
> 3. Possibility to read and write EXIF and IPTC data (and really use them in
> cataloguing pictures)
> I guess that's it for now. I would be very grateful if anyone shared
> his or her experiences in a similar case.
I haven't tried this, but it strikes me you might be able to modify
qdig, the one-file gallery script to do this. You'd need to enable it
to identify the CDs by whatever ID number CDs have, and to mod the code
(or perhaps just the setup segment) to use a 'qdig-files' directory on
your hard drive, presumably one subdirectory per CD. I don't think it
would be wildly difficult, on the basis of my experience fiddling around
with the qdig code in the past. If you do try this, I'm sure qdig-user
list will be interested in your efforts.
Just a fall-back option in case nobody comes up with a better idea.