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Having your photo collection neatly organized using the Windows folder system is convenient and fast, but most of the times it is simply not enough. As soon as your ever-growing picture collection reaches a certain size, you will need a true photo organizer to make sure that your best visual memories are efficiently sorted and tagged, and – what is more – safe. And that is what Phototheca was designed for.
Its nice-to-look-at and fully-configurable interface provides you with a comfortable working area where you have a convenient overall view of your “events” and of each picture inside those events. These events may refer to pictures taken at a specific date or location, or to the reason why those images were taken (a loved-one’s birthday, your latest holidays on the beach, etc.).
The photographs selected can then be viewed as thumbnails, in full-screen mode, or as an attractive slideshow. These slideshows are generated on the fly by Phototheca with limited navigability, and they are meant to give you a global and convenient view of your best shots. Phototheca is an excellent photo organizer, not a slideshow maker, so do not expect to be able to configure its transition effects or to export these slideshows to files.
The strong points of this application are to be found in a different department – the “photo management” department. Events can be easily created by importing your existing Windows folders in any of your hard drives or external storage devices. You can also generate new empty ones and add your photos later, you can rename them, and – this is my favorite event-related feature – you can split them. The reason why this simple and extremely useful function is so hard to come by in the zillions of photo organizers out there is beyond me. Think of a set of pictures that you took during your holidays in five different locations and/or dates, and which you would like to have neatly organized in five different folders, or “events”. Usually, you will need to either import five sets separately, or to move four of those sets out of the folder that holds them manually.
With Phototheca, all you have to do is select the photo that should go into the next event and click on “Split event”. As simple as that. Of course, you can always merge these events back to the original one.
Phototheca takes advantage of the EXIF metadata present in your photos to help you organize them further. Thus, the program’s calendar view will show you which photos were taken on each date, using either a standard monthly view or a stylish timeline. Likewise, you will be able to see the pictures you took in the last three months, the most recent ones, etc.
I have intentionally left the best for last – Phototheca’s safes. This virtual safety boxes will allow you to select your most valuable or sensitive photos and keep them away from prying eyes. Each safe may have its own password or you can use the same for all your safes. Either way, the program provides you with a very clever option – the possibility to unlock all your safes using the e-mail and password you used to register Phototheca. Again, simple and effective.
Phototheca may not be the most comprehensive photo manager out there – it lacks an image editor of its own, and the only tag editing allowed refers to the date and time of your pictures – but it is certainly an excellent, quick, and efficient photo organizer. Not everyone needs a hundred different functions and features to keep their digital photo albums organized. Most people craves for a simple, efficient, and attractive picture organizer that works. And that is what Phototheca provides.
- Intuitive and attractive working area
- Thumbnail and full-screen viewing options
- Allows you to split events
- You can create "safes" to keep your most valuable photos fully protected
- Fast import speed
- Lacks an image editor of its own
- No image tagging possibilities