What I am looking for is pretty simple: I want the ability to create keywords and organize them into categories. I am continuing my quest for a cheap image organizer software. Then, I also want the ability to save my keywords to IPTC/XMP tags into my image files so that my keywords become portable.
ACDSee comes essentially in two flavors: the Photo Manager version 10 and the Pro version 2. The first question was: well what’s the difference? Photo Manager version 10 now sells for $29.95 on their website during a promotion. That is very cheap and sounded very interesting and appealing. So, I decided to give it a try. This price is not too bad compared with Lightroom, but I’m still looking for something around $50. I have also noticed the Pro version that sells for $129 of of their website or you can buy it for $106 from Amazon.
The problems started when I wanted to accomplish my goal. Again, my goal was to be able to organize my keywords and be able to save them to IPTC/XMP fields into my image files. That’s when I started running into problems. In Photo Manager version 10 I quickly realized that there is no such feature.
Overall ACDSee Pro 2 is a great program for managing your photos but still a little pricey for what I’m looking for. I would like to buy it if it were cheaper because I like its features and its user interface. Well…it does but it’s not…I just liked playing with the trial version software. It is intuitive, easy to install and easy to use. Sounds like a marketing line doesn’t it?
If you stick with the cheap Photo Manager version your keywords will only stay in your software and will not be written into your image files. The bottom line is that you have to buy the Pro version 2 in order to save your keywords to IPTC/XMP fields into your image files.
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