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Family photo archive on CD

Family photo archive on CD

Posted: 1422779405000
Classification: Query
I want to put my photos (all are jpeg) on a CD so that family members can slot the CD into a Mac or PC and, when they enter "John Smith", up will come on screen all photos of and including John Smith which can then be browsed. Each photo file will have a caption and keywords.

An alternative would be to create a searchable web site for the photos.

Does anybody know how to do either?

Brian Jones
Oxford, England

Re: Family photo archive on CD

Posted: 1422890453000
Classification: Query
To do this with any real search capability, you will need to have a database that can provide a place to store, relate and index meta data about each photo. Meta data is another term for "attributes" or search terms. The database contains a list of words (meta data) that are linked to each photo that is about that word. For example: meta data could be "John", "Doe", "1945", "New York City", "High School". Etc.

Each of these words represent an attribute of the photo. The photo is a High School graduation photo of John Doe from 1945, he lived in New York City at the time.

As you can see finding a determining the meta data can be fun, but also exhausting. I have a commercial database that I purchased to catalog and organize my photos. I am also a computer programmer, library professional and photographer so I have a background in this area, but also a budget that requires me to organize the thousands of photos I produce each year as well as the photos I collect of family items.

The first program I used before purchasing software was one that came on a CD ROM from a photo finishing company. I think WalMart still does it this way but I not sure. The photos have two components a small thumbnail for initial viewing and then a full-size version that can be used to see the detail.

I can't help you with specifics because I am not in the same user space as you are, but maybe this will give you a few ideas.

Re: Family photo archive on CD

Posted: 1422912720000
Classification: Query
It looks like metadata is the way to go. Thanks for the steer.

Re: Family photo archive on CD

Posted: 1422958276000
Classification: Query
Just a further reply. I'm not alone in unearthing old family photos and wishing to distribute them to family members in the most easily producible form and the most easily readable form. Each of us must be devising/following/modifying ways of doing this with much duplication of others' efforts and with varying degrees of success.

Perhaps readers could describe here what they have done and say how satisfactory the results have been.

We have a common need. Perhaps there is a common solution.

Re: Family photo archive on CD

Posted: 1422996332000
Classification: Query
To collaborate effectively without "real" distribution but sharing none the less, social networking sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Picsa, Shutterfly Adobe and many many more all have possibilities.

If you are good with your own website you can also use software from "The Gallery Project" or create something with a CMS program like Joomla or WordPress.

I have also shared with friends around the world using DropBox. This is a good way to share but does not index the photos.
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