Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:13 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 22 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:32 pm 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:08 pm
Posts: 7896
Location: Germany
Also downloaded the 30-day-trial of ACDsee pro 2 and did a very cursorily test of it. My impression:
- ACDsee is not as sophisticated as LR
- ACDsee has the same bug concerning proper display of RAW/NEF-files as LR
- ACDsee is trying to embed itself into your system in a way that I don't like (associate itself with all file-types, trying to catalog folders that I don't want to, etc...)

But in principle ACDsee is trying to do the same as LR.
Read about my further trials and tribulations with LR here.

_________________
Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
D800+assorted lenses


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:51 am 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:08 pm
Posts: 7896
Location: Germany
Anybody here using the Nikon-software ViewNX?

Seems like the NEF-view bug is not existing in this s/w and tagging and categorizing works similar to LightRoom.
But all is based on the information stored in the individual picture file, no database in the background. What does this mean? Well I cannot find a way to display all photos of a certain category with ViewNX but only those in one folder. So the Windos folder-structure dominates what you can do/find with ViewNX, whereas with LightRoom you can select all pics tagged "dog" from your complete set of pics.

Now here's some questions for Vista-users:
1. Can you access all XMP/ITPC information from your picture files? WinXP can not!
2. If so, can you select/search for multiple files with a certain XMP-tag? Even when they are in different (nested) folders? WinXP can not!

But perhaps we need the new WinFS to be due next year. As I heard it's like a database-system. Then you should be able to do all the tricky stuff with your files (provided they're properly tagged)...

_________________
Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
D800+assorted lenses


Last edited by Thomas on Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:42 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:45 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:17 am
Posts: 3662
I've tried ViewNX and the way I see it, there really isn't much going for it. Like you said, Windows' folder structure limits the way you view photos and I find this to be a really slow way of navigating. I find Lightroom much better in that aspect. However, I find ViewNX to load pictures faster than Lightroom and it is free. I also think that Lightroom's UI is much nicer to look at but thats a trivial thing and down to personal preference anyway.

_________________
Graham
Flickr


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:54 pm 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:08 pm
Posts: 7896
Location: Germany
Next try: Nikon PictureProject.
The good:
- it's free!
- it works with a database so can work accross the Windows folder-structure that you organized your photos in.
The bad:
- Yes you have a database, but you can select/filter only by one tag. So it's either search for "dog" OR for "Netherlands" but not for "dog" AND "Netherlands". That's pretty useless if you have ten-thousands of photos
- you cannot filter by rating
- Dia show looks only so-so

Resume: I'm disappointed and will de-install it immediately.
Order Lightroom instead and keep my RAW-files strictly seperated from the jpegs

_________________
Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
D800+assorted lenses


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:34 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:40 am
Posts: 1330
Location: Scotland
You've tried FastStone yet?

http://www.faststone.org/

_________________
http://zorrofox4.deviantart.com/

Image

Various lenses, SB800 & Manfrotto 190 with 460MG head


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:47 pm 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:08 pm
Posts: 7896
Location: Germany
Nope, Zorro. But thanks for the heads-up.
Just browsed their home page, but am reluctant to install another package on my computer. I'm decided to go the LightRoom route...

_________________
Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
D800+assorted lenses


Last edited by Thomas on Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:12 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:40 am
Posts: 1330
Location: Scotland
Man, that's crazy. Give it a try, it's free. If it doesn't work uninstall it, what's to lose? It's good solid software man, honestly. Used it myself when I was starting out and it works just fine.

Your call though,

Zorro 8)

_________________
http://zorrofox4.deviantart.com/

Image

Various lenses, SB800 & Manfrotto 190 with 460MG head


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 22 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group