What more do you need than Bridge?
Well, just for one... Bridge has to rescan a folder every time I browse through it.... Try having to browse through thousands and thousands of images and many different folders The difference in the time spent between Bridge and another DAM (like Portfolio) searching through images is SUBSTANTIAL. For that primary reason alone, Bridge is not suitable for this purpose. I really wish it were because I would love to use it for this purpose I DO use it a LOT regardless in my day to day projects for many other reasons and for small searches.
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Well, just for one... Bridge has to rescan a folder every time I browse through it.... Try having to browse through thousands and thousands of images and many different folders
Bridge caches image previews so check your Cache preferences where you can set the size, location and optimization of the cache. The first time you view a folder it gets cached, which will take some time depending on the number of files. Subsequent views will not be delayed because the folder items have been cached.
This is great:
I burn everything to DVD. The program scans the disc (in about 5-10 min) and creates a memory file with thumbnails of every file. Searching for a file among thousands/millions is very fast. I've been using it for 15 years without a hitch.
Rob...I did not know about that!! Thank you...that's why I so love this forum...learn something new every day:)
Purple_Jim...that program looks FANTASTIC! Do you know if I would be able to "update" the database each time files are added or moved? If this can be done, than that program would be IDEAL:)
I have been updating the database since 1999 without a hitch - nearly 900 CDs and DVDs with instant access (if they've not gone "rusty"!). In the munu, you select the DVD (or hard drive) to be scanned, then you can change its name (I put DVD 278 etc.) and then you can put the data files in seperate folders. I then keep a copy of the full database on a hard drive for security. Apart from all the DVDs, I keep my essential files on a 500 Go disc that I always have with me (even at lunchtime).
Purple_Jim, for some reason I just lost my new reply, so am writing again:)
I just checked out the program and one CAN easily update the database when changes are made to the volume(s) as files are added/removed/renamed/moved, etc. This is GREAT!! I am busy trying it out and it is WONDERFUL and EXACTLY what I need! And it is SO SPEEDY too...I LOVE it!
I just had to contact their support tho' as it doesn't seem to want to add in all of the images. It APPEARS to be adding them but not all of the folders are showing up. If I can get this issue sorted out then this program would be IDEAL:) It's great to know that you haven't had any issues:) That gives me hope as this program looks PERFECT!!
Thank you so so much for letting me know about it:)
In CASE you can shed any light on my issue...
I just did some more testing and it seems that the problem occurs if/after I hit “STOP” when the volume is being scanned. Once I try to update the volume after that so that I can continue adding images, then it seems that nothing is added to the directory in Tri_CATALOG after the point when I chose to hit “STOP”.
It does not seem to be cataloging everything:( I just tried adding a new volume but it appears to have stopped adding images to the database even tho’ it SEEMS as if new items are still being added in the “Scan Volume window”.
Here is an example: The image below labeled “469-00625” appears to have been added to the “Clients/Ascot Supply Corp./Buyer’s Guide/2014 Buyer’s Guide/Archive/z_buyer’s guide image library_jpg/06_valve hardware/JPEG” folder but when I do a search for the image it cannot be located, and this folder also does not appear in the catalog directory (second screenshot below). No matter how many times I try to update the volume, the number of images for the “Clients” folder below remains at 811 pictures (as if it has stopped scanning, even tho’ new ones are still being added) and I am not able to add anything else. The Tri_CATALOG database appears to have stopped adding images after the “2011 Buyer’s Guide” folder below even tho’ there are still several new folders still need to be added….see third screenshot for ACTUAL directory on the volume.
From Tri_CATALOG: (Won’t add anything else below “2011 Buyer’s Guide"
Screenshot of ACTUAL directory from volume I am trying to scan into Tri_CATALOG:
I never update a volume that I have scanned. If I burn and scan a DVD, it is then filed away for good. I have never used Tri-Catalog on folders/hard-drives which are constantly updated so I can't advise you there. I find Mac's Finder or Sherlock sufficient (instantaneous) for drive searches.
Thank you anyway:) The finder is not sufficient for me for several reasons (which I won't go into now.) This program you recommended seems PERFECT except for the technical issues I am having:(
I went ahead and purchased a license because I thought having the program fully registered would solve the issue but it didn't....my fault for being too impuslive (want to kick myself now). Hopefully I can get it sorted out as I would really like for it to work:)
Again, thank you for your help and taking the time to write:)
The author of the program was FANTASTIC in helping to get it fixed and quickly provided a software update, so everything is working wonderfully now! I came back here to say a BIG THANK YOU to you for pointing me towards this program....it was EXACTLY what I was looking for and is VERY speedy to boot. I am a very happy camper! And man, do I love this forum! THis thread is another example as to why. I have been helped SO MUCH over the years by wonderful people who take the time to write and help... I can never tell you enough just how much I appreciate it
Glad it worked out for you.
Keep creating and carry on!