- Mar 6, 2003Judii Rempel sent a link to a very interesting article today (see below),
the 7th anniversary of my permanent Family Tree Maker scrapbooks. Favorite
scanner software has always been the current version of Paint Shop Pro which
also has a new album program. http://www.jasc has trial versions of software
for anyone able to handle large file downloads.
I'm using FTM for digital camera scrapbooks in preference to any of the
album programs available. Files have up to 750 images each with detailed
captions. Each FTM database becomes a single file that is easily copied to
any media with sufficient capacity. Files are kept under 50 mb by choice.
My backup system for scanned images and digital camera pictures switched
from 36 floppies in 1996 to multiple CDs in 1997 and multiple DVDs in 2002.
Moving a hard drive with 25,000 organized JPG images from one computer to
another resulted in the loss of all images. CD-ROM backups of about 600 mb
have been more reliable and recent DVD Recordable allows about 4 GB.
Favorite method to resize pictures for family history projects is send to
e-mail in Windows XP. The images are smaller and better looking in a shorter
time than manually adjusting settings in Paint Shop Pro or other software.
FTM files have scrapbooks telling the life story of each person from birth
certificate to their most recent picture or final resting place.
I won't be able to attend the March 8 computer group meeting but always
interested in exchanging picture ideas by private e-mail.
The *safest* method for organizing thousands of digital images is a simple
one -- Windows folders and sub-folders with a unique readable file name for
each image. Code numbers are okay for a series in a distinctive sub-folder
like the way Judii has named census transcription files.
Test any photo organization method by copying files to a second computer or
sending a small sample by e-mail to someone who will let you know if the
method is successful. Viewing an album might be easy but combining pictures
saved by relatives using different albums might require starting over. One
man posted to a photo mailing list that his $300 album program was no longer
sold. -- Elizabeth
This article from NYTimes.com
has been sent to you by rempel@....
Adobe Photoshop Album was advertised yesterday in Future Shop flyer.
Cull, Then Categorize: A Digital Scrapbook
March 6, 2003
By TOM Di NOME
Options for managing digital images have proliferated almost
as rapidly as the cameras themselves.
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