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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 PhotoGallery alternatives

    This topic contains 8 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Lugh 4 months ago.

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    • #929816 Reply

      PeterSands
      AskWoody Plus

      I have an antique version of PhotoGallery which does work in Win 10. It is brilliant for organising photos! Does any one know of an alternative for keywording/tagging images that is compatible with the hierarchical keyword structures PhotoGallery use. Win 10’s Photo app is quite dumb!

      Thanks,

      Peter

    • #933008 Reply

      Elly
      AskWoody MVP

      I have to admit ignorance regarding hierarchical tags, so these suggestions may not be what you are looking for.

      For tagging I use Diffractor. It is specialized for editing and searching for tags and metadata.

      FastStone Image Viewer is great for photo editing- “image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments”.

      Win 7 Home, 64 bit, Group B

    • #945565 Reply

      mn–
      AskWoody Lounger

      Well, last time someone asked about this ( https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/photogallery-for-win-10/ ) I found a note that “digiKam” should work with existing Windows Essentials Photo Gallery data and allow straightforward continued use from that, but I still don’t have a test dataset to verify this myself.

      We’d need a volunteer who has such a collection already to test it…

    • #945740 Reply

      PeterSands
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks, Elly. I’ll look at Diffractor.

      I’m so glad someone else recommends FastStone Image viewer. I think it’s great and I’ve been using it for many, many years! It is my first-choice photo editor, from which I shell out to Photoshop Elements if I need something more sophisticated or creative.

      Best wishes,

      Peter

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    • #946851 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks, Elly. I’ll look at Diffractor.

      I’m so glad someone else recommends FastStone Image viewer. I think it’s great and I’ve been using it for many, many years! It is my first-choice photo editor, from which I shell out to Photoshop Elements if I need something more sophisticated or creative.

      Best wishes,

      Peter

      +1. I too use FastStone Image viewer for years.

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    • #951253 Reply

      access-mdb
      AskWoody MVP

      I’ve just tried Diffractor. Trouble is, it’s indexed every photo on all my disks – even the backups on my File History disk. I can’t find any way to limit where it indexes, so for me it falls at the first hurdle. I wasn’t too impressed by the way it displays, but maybe it would be different if it had got to index so many. I still use Picasa; I have yet to find and software as good for photo management and its editing facilities cover most of my requirements. It’s a shame it’s unsupported by Google.

      I have tried FastStone but uninstalled it a while ago as it added nothing to IrfanView or XnView which I occasionally use.

      • #965993 Reply

        Elly
        AskWoody MVP

        It is set on default to index a bunch of things. Go to Options, and you can be more selective.

        Diffractor-04252019

        Win 7 Home, 64 bit, Group B

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      access-mdb
      AskWoody MVP

      Sorry Elly, that doesn’t help. It is still indexing stuff on my backup drive and my C drive (my data is on my e drive).

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    • #972874 Reply

      Lugh
      AskWoody_MVP

      Being a long-time PC user, I use folders and files to organize my media—photos, music, videos, books. Careful naming of folders & sub-folders, allied with my own file naming conventions, gives me all the org I need. I occasionally copy media to other folders for cases where it’s relevant to each.

      This means I’ve never had to worry about any app’s naming structure, and just use what suits me best for viewing and editing.

      Viewing:
      Another Faststone user for years here—interface & ease-of-use are my primary needs in a viewer.
      Previous good ones I’ve used include XnView & Zoner Photo Studio.

      Editing:
      Most small stuff in IrfanView, which I’ve used since last millennium.
      PaintShop Pro for the rare larger edit—you can usually pick it up quite cheaply a couple of times a year during sales. It’s close enough to Photoshop, and much friendlier than Gimp.
      A couple in-between—mid-level if you like—which I liked, but haven’t used much, are Paint.net and PhotoFiltre.

      Something I grabbed but haven’t played with is Google Nik Collection of free photo ed apps—they used to be very pricey some years back before G bought them. Probably worth a peek if you’re into this game.

      Lugh.
      ~
      Alienware Aurora R6; Win10 Home x64 1803; Office 365 x32
      i7-7700; GeForce GTX 1060; 16GB DDR4 2400; 1TB SSD, 256GB SSD, 4TB HD

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