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NancyP

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Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« on: April 09, 2018, 05:58:41 PM »

Just curious - Does anyone use a modest-priced single-user DAM library program that is NOT Lightroom? I look up "DAM programs" and get lists of enterprise level multi-user programs.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 06:14:08 PM »

That's where DAM originated.  In large corporations.  How do you think a bank can so readily bring up a check image of yours or your statements?

In the photography world I'm not aware of anything that competes with Lr with regards to DAM.   
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2018, 07:22:43 PM »

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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2018, 09:27:52 PM »

If memory serves, photographer and DAM expert Peter Krogh based his original edition of The DAM Book on iView MediaPro (now Phase One Media Pro). It was considered the best single-user DAM before Lightroom become popular. (I believe Krogh switched to LR for later editions of his book.)

I've used Media Pro for over 12 years and it's still my favorite. It might be "long in the tooth" (Phase One has neglected it, only releasing periodic updates for new cameras) and requires some workarounds for my workflow, but I haven't found a better DAM (for my needs). A trial version is available: https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Media-Pro/Highlights.aspx
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 06:25:32 AM »

How do you think a bank can so readily bring up a check image of yours or your statements?
you don't need to DAM to store blob in a database.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 10:39:34 AM »

I never thought that anything other than Lr would be needed, but it did occur to me that I haven't really looked around.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 11:57:09 AM »

Many moons ago I used Extensis Portfolio when they had a single user version. But those days are long gone. Now I use Photo Supreme by idimager which was recently upgraded to v4. They offer both a single user and a server edition. I'm currently using the single user version and like it very much.

https://www.idimager.com/
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 12:20:36 PM »

I'm currently using the single user version and like it very much.
https://www.idimager.com/
Looks interesting and affordable thanks. They state: With Photo Supreme you have previews of your images stored inside the catalog. Is one forced to do so, IOW, does it, like LR also reference the images outside the catalog?
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 12:51:03 PM »

Looks interesting and affordable thanks. They state: With Photo Supreme you have previews of your images stored inside the catalog. Is one forced to do so, IOW, does it, like LR also reference the images outside the catalog?

Every image has to be imported into the catalog. I was hesitant about that at first but it doesn't bother me now. One of the features I like is Travel Mode. This allows me to copy my database with previews to my laptop, work with the database when traveling, copy it back to the main computer when I get home when I have access to the images, Sync in Photo Supreme and have the changes apply to the images. Without the previews there's no taking the database on the road.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 02:50:15 PM »

Every image has to be imported into the catalog.
Thanks; I don't wish to do that. I want to reference images scattered over multiple drives and not have them 'embedded' into a catalog.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 02:58:18 PM »

Been using imatch for years, very powerful. Dumped LR and use imatch to send to CS6.

https://www.photools.com/


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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 03:28:56 PM »

Thanks; I don't wish to do that. I want to reference images scattered over multiple drives and not have them 'embedded' into a catalog.

My apologies, I didn't read the question clearly enough. I mistook the question for" "is it like Adobe Bridge or Photo Mechanic browsing images on a disc instead of a true catalog". The images themselves are not stored in the database. Mine are referenced on an external hard drives and some phone pics in my Pictures folder on my Mac.  The import creates previews which are stored in the database but the images themselves remain referenced where they are.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 03:32:59 PM »

The images themselves are not stored in the database. Mine are referenced on an external hard drives and some phone pics in my Pictures folder on my Mac.  The import creates previews which are stored in the database but the images themselves remain referenced where they are.
Great. I've downloaded the demo, now thanks to that, I'll install and look it over.
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Re: Single user DAM outside of Lightroom - what do you use?
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2018, 06:44:03 PM »

I have used Extensis Portfolio from ages ago, and now are a "enterprise" priced POS(software).
I also have used MediaPro, but there was issue with TIF files and some glitches when I purchased from PhaseOne for about $50, and now they wanted almost $200(with no update price) to find out if those glitches are still there or not. No thanks.
I have PhotoSupreme, its good, but...I have Imatch, its good, but...Photo Mechanic on the MAC is good...But I actually still use ACDSee Pro.
This makes a lot of things easy to do. Its fast, the DB is not required. It doesn't crap in all your folders with unknown files. Interface is configurable.

There are others like... FastRawViewer, BreezeBrowser, FastStone, IrfanView, Zoner, Camstasia, AZImage, .....They each have something I was OK with but preferred ACDSee over. Picasa perhaps is another, and ImageSorter.
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