With some reservations I’d like to suggest that you might want to
take a look at IMatch (http://www.photools.com/, US$50). I hesitate
slightly because IMatch is a large, powerful program that does many
things and can be user-programmed to do MANY more.
IMatch is really a database wherein an image is associated with the
digital photo details (as assigned by the camera when the shot was
taken) and whatever other data you want to assign to it (such as
descriptive details, price ranges, date of production, whatever). Add
to that tools for image editing, HTML page building, batch processing
of images (to size, frame, caption, watermark, etc), as well as a
myriad of ways to filter, sort and group images based on their various
properties and, finally, a Visual BASIC scripting language and editor
and you’ve got some idea of what IMatch is all about. It’s basically
image management and processing.
The database concept is central to IMatch so it’s not really intended
for one-by-one tweaks. I guess another way of saying this it that
IMatch isn’t is a program where you grab an image, type in some text,
drop the text onto your image and Save it. Other programs do that
sort of thing much better than you ever could with IMatch.
That said let me give an example of what I’ve done with IMatch that I
don’t think I could have done with any other image management
program. (I realize that this isn’t exactly the type of info you were
asking for but I’ve come this far on the subject so I may as well go
One of my areas of interest is ancient jewellery and it’s methods of
production. I’ve collected close to 1200 images of ancient pieces and
using IMatch have assigned a variety of properties to the images
including a “Methods of Work” property. “Methods of Work” would
include “cast”, “forged”, “riveted”, “enameled”, “granulation” and so
Using the scripting facility of IMatch I wrote a “Find” script that
will allow me to search my image database for images that have one or
more given “Methods of Work”. To make a long story short I can search
for “Gold” “rings” that were “forged” and “enameled” … and I can
frame and caption those images and put up a web page of them and be
done in less than 30 minutes, all using IMatch. Of course it took me
a week to write my scripts and fiddle around figuring out how to do
things but there you go.
Whew! Guess I better stop or Hanuman will start charging me by the
word. Usual “me happy customer” disclaimers re IMatch.