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Since we have solid options on how to organize, distribute, and display our video and audio collections, what do HTPCers use for their photos?
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To organize: Windows Explorer
To distribute: Zenfolio
To print: Zenfolio (very easy) and ProAmImaging (maximum control and good value)
To view on PC: FastPictureViewer

To view on HTPC I use mediaportal. Good for casual use but not for critical use on calibrated screens since it is not color managed as far as I am aware.
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I have use IrfanView for viewing pictures and basic editing. Completely free and super fast. (back in the XP days, nothing come close to its speed).
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I just bought a Pix-Star DLNA photo frame and it runs off a ReadyNAS Ultra where the photos are stored. Set it to random play and it works very well. http://www.pix-star.com/
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We have 30,000+ photos and growing. I use Lightroom on my laptop to import in the RAW files from the card and then process them through any development tasks. Then I export them to my server's Picture share as highest quality .jpg. These are then accessed using Picasa on the wife's laptop or simply through Windows Explorer, while I mostly stick with Lightroom. The RAW files are included in the nightly back-ups, but purposely not shared out. My whole ordeal was to have a way for both of us to view the picture library and make changes as needed without corrupting the database. Most typical home products don't like network sharing of the database. Neither Lightroom or Picasa allow it, but used together they work since they maintain their database differently.

As for the HTPC, we never view our photos there because it is easier to navigate with our laptops.

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I use the same software as the one I use for my music and video collection : JRiver Media Center. Amazing search capabilities.

When I import photos on the NAS, I take time to carefully fill 3 tags for each picture:
- People. A list of everybody known to us that appears on the picture.
- Place. Where was it taken. A list of location keywords such as "home;Montreal"
- Keyword. A list of keywords related to the occasion such as Halloween, Christmas, Jeff's birthday, basement construction

This is a bit time consuming, but only once, and sooo valuable !
Afterwards I can see all pictures where (as an example):
- Annie is on the picture
- Ita (Annie's dog) is on the picture
- her dad is not on the picture
- picture taken in Montreal or Ottawa
- picture not taken during Christmas

There is no limit to the filtering expression, it is amazing !
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I use the same software as the one I use for my music and video collection : JRiver Media Center. Amazing search capabilities.

When I import photos on the NAS, I take time to carefully fill 3 tags for each picture:
- People. A list of everybody known to us that appears on the picture.
- Place. Where was it taken. A list of location keywords such as "home;Montreal"
- Keyword. A list of keywords related to the occasion such as Halloween, Christmas, Jeff's birthday, basement construction

This is a bit time consuming, but only once, and sooo valuable !
Afterwards I can see all pictures where (as an example):
- Annie is on the picture
- Ita (Annie's dog) is on the picture
- her dad is not on the picture
- picture taken in Montreal or Ottawa
- picture not taken during Christmas

There is no limit to the filtering expression, it is amazing !

Is JRiver the program you are using to do the tagging?
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Yes, I use JRiver Media Center to do the tagging, it is very powerful.

Beside manual operation it has the capability to infer some tags from parts of the file name or directory name. You choose.

And once the tagging is done, you have the option of renaming/moving/copying files with the directory and filename generated from a combination of custom text and tag values. That program is amazing !
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I use the same software as the one I use for my music and video collection : JRiver Media Center. Amazing search capabilities.

When I import photos on the NAS, I take time to carefully organize photos fill 3 tags for each picture:
- People. A list of everybody known to us that appears on the picture.
- Place. Where was it taken. A list of location keywords such as "home;Montreal"
- Keyword. A list of keywords related to the occasion such as Halloween, Christmas, Jeff's birthday, basement construction

This is a bit time consuming, but only once, and sooo valuable !
Afterwards I can see all pictures where (as an example):
- Annie is on the picture
- Ita (Annie's dog) is on the picture
- her dad is not on the picture
- picture taken in Montreal or Ottawa
- picture not taken during Christmas

There is no limit to the filtering expression, it is amazing !

Thank you that is nice. I use Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder (VSDIF) by www.mindgems.com
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