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Digital Photography Workflow-Management Software

(August 2004) posted on Mon Aug 30, 2004

Software and systems to streamline image

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Collection is a Mac OS X and Linux-platform
image database suitable for large-size
files and use in corporate-graphics
workgroups, professional photo labs, and
picture libraries with mixed PC/Mac networks.
You can organize, manage, archive,
and distribute image and document files
with it, plus it features strong graphics
query tools to simplify image retrieval.
Collection also offers basic photo retouching
and ICC calibration, plus a Web-based
module. Price: $5886.

CompuPic Pro

From Photodex, CompuPic Pro offers
image browsing, viewing, and management.
It supports more than 70 file formats
and allows for batch conversions. In
addition, CompuPic Pro features photo
editing and enhancing. Price: $79.95.

Digital Image Suite 9

Microsoft's Digital Image Suite 9 offers hoto organization, archiving, editing,
and sharing of photos. Price: $129.

Express Digital Darkroom

Express Digital's Express Digital Darkroom
provides professional digital photographers
with image-capture options, photo-storage
and management features, image-enhancement
tools, local printing capabilities,
and Internet publishing and storefront
integration. PC-based and for use with any
digital camera, Express Digital Darkroom
catalogs images by event, subject, or location;
adds notes to images; enhances
images; automates proof-sheet printing;
and prints directly to printers. Price: $495.

FileMaker Pro 7

FileMaker Pro 7, from FileMaker (a wholly
owned subsidiary of Apple), is database
software that allows professional photographers
to organize and keep track of photography,
assignments, and more. Price: $299.

FotoStation Pro

From the Norwegian software company
FotoWare, FotoStation Pro is a digital-asset
management system designed
specifically for companies dealing with
digital imagery (from digital photography
and scanning) including professional
photographers, stock agencies, and magazines.
It supports more than 30 file for-mats
and is compatible with RAW images
from most digital-camera systems. A 30-day trial download is available. Price: n/a.

ImageTracker Pro

Comprehensive business-management
program and image-tracking database for
professional photography studios. File-Maker
Pro-based image-tracking system
with added business-management functionalities
such as estimating and billing
jobs; managing contact lists and calendars;
analyzing costs; and preparing
progress reports and shoot sheets. Price: