Aren't you a lucky one having a digital still camera? If so, your photo collection perhaps counts about some hundred or thousand pictures. The simplicity of taking a digital photo leads to collection grows with terrific speed so you no longer able to manage it. The hardest thing becomes to find an unique photo of your remote relative because you can't remember when it happened to meet him.
Photo cataloguing (not only digital) was the original purpose of the program when it was started. Some picture properties (such as film or frame number) are only applicable to conventional photography.
So, if you own a number of digital photos using PhoA will let you to arrange them a bit by turning them into a photo album. The more efforts you make to create it, the more convenient in use it will be.
- You can store source image files the way you like. The files can be foldered by event, by date, by author, or be placed in the single folder. Each way has some benefits but in general using PhoA makes physical file organization unimportant. The program allows for creating its logical organization in many ways. So you can concentrate your efforts on photo album creation. Recommended ways of physical storage are in the single folder or grouped by some temporal criterion: by event, day, week, month etc. The latter way minimizes risk of repeated file names (as some cameras reset picture numbering after power failure).
- You can fill picture properties gradually as you wish. In addition, properties can be set for a number of pictures at once. For example, you can select all pictures made by you and then assign them the same author (you); or you may decide to select all pictures photographed at New Orleans and assign them the same place (New Orleans).
- You can add new pictures to the photo album as they appear or are processed. PhoA allows filtering the selected files by their presence at the photo album.
- If you specify the keywords you are able to query or build views by them later. For example, if keywords are persons photographed you can easily retrieve all the pictures showing the famous John Smith.
- The program allows for issuing a print order; for preparing selected pictures to writing on a CD/DVD; for selecting picture files to be sent by e-mail. Built-in File operations wizard will assist in selecting the required files, then place them in a folder to write CD/DVD from; it is also capable of preparing CD/DVD for standalone viewing on any Windows PC. It creates a photo album from the selected pictures, copies the program itself into the same folder, saves the current settings, creates the autorun file (autorun.inf).
- And finally - the goal of your painstakings. Pictures can be viewed immediately by the program. You select which data are to be displayed during viewing, by yourself; you can also start the slide show mode. There's also a possibility for invoking an external viewer.