Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/09/22

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Archiving question
From: "Leung, Spencer Cheong Wan (Spencer)" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 11:39:18 +0800


Try this site.  You may be able to find your needs.


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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 23:34:34 +0200
From: "Anthony Atkielski" <>
Subject: Re: [Leica] Archiving question

From: Paul Klingaman <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 19:58
Subject: Re: [Leica] Archiving question

> If there is not currently a product, just out of curiousity,
> how many out there would be interested in such a product?

I would.  I need something that will help me track both digital and film
photographs.  It doesn't actually have to hold the photographs themselves
thumbnail images), but it should hold other data, including:

- - - type of photo (pure digital, scan from film or print, transparency,
- - - date and time taken
- - - film used
- - - camera used
- - - lens used
- - - two or three tiers of searchable subject categories
- - - a way of tracking the location of the photo, no matter how it is stored:
 -- negative (strip number or roll number or something)
 -- transparency (mounted or unmounted)
 -- CD-ROM (for scanned or digital images)
 -- file name (for scanned or digital images)
 -- print number or name or box or whatever
- - - a unique identifier for every photo, automatically generated but
unique key
- - - description
- - - copyright
- - - licensing information
- - - release information

And probably lots of other stuff.  I've been fretting over this very thing
several months, now that I have more and more photos (several thousand) to
organize, but I haven't come up with a good architecture thus far.

Has to be easy to enter and retrieve data, with plenty of relevant search

> What would you pay for this program?

I'd expect to pay between $200-$300 for a suitable product.  That's what
programs like Extensis Portfolio cost.

> PC-based, or MAC?

PC-based, for me.

It has to be compiled code.  I won't run products that require VB runtimes
Java engines or junk like that.

> All proceeds would go to the purchase of new leica gear, of
> course.

In a year or two, you could get yourself a Noctilux.

By the way, if someone can suggest how to store slides developed as
strips of four exposures per strip, in plastic sleeves, I'd be interested in
hearing ideas.  I get my slides (and negatives) developed that way for ease
scanning, but I have no place to put them, and I just have piles and piles
envelopes with all these film strips inside.  It's hard to manage.

  -- Anthony