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PRESS RELEASE: ViewMinder now offers better handling of large picture collections
The new version of ViewMinder, for organizing and managing digital pictures, is better than ever at handling today's large image collections. Version 2 will be available later this month (August 2004).
The program consists of an image editor, a browser, a metadata editor, a database and a search engine. The browser can display pictures by date or by group. The metadata editor can record more detailed information about how and where the pictures were created and what they show.
Version 2 allows users to browse collections of many thousands of images without suffering the performance slow-downs that affect most image organizers. ViewMinder also keeps track of picture usage, as well as letting photographers tag exported pictures with the author's name and contact information.
ViewMinder Version 2 can be purchased on-line from http://www.viewminder.com. Owners of Version 1 can upgrade at no charge.
The trial edition of the program, Genus ViewMinder, will continue to be available free from Tucows and CNet. There are no trial time restrictions on Genus ViewMinder but collection size is limited to 250 images.
|Formats||Accepts and can convert between JPG, PNG, BMP, WMF and uncompressed TIFF formats. Image file size up to 20 megapixels.|
|Importing||Reads EXIF (DCF) information if the image originates from digital camera. Reads XML metadata if the source file was created by a compatible program.|
|Image editor||Displays, zooms, rotates, and crops. Adjusts and optimizes brightness.|
|Data editor||Catalogues by an extensive set of predefined fields. Unwanted fields can be disabled and hidden. Default field values are set on import. Recurring field data can be pre-recorded in templates.|
|Browse mode||Allows user to places pictures in groups. Browses by group or creation date.|
|Database||Stores metadata in a relational database. Unlimited number of image elements. Unlimited field length.|
|Search mode||Simple searches scan the main fields for chosen words. Complex searches examine individual fields. Search rules can be saved, creating virtual albums that grow as pictures are added to the collection.|
|Languages||Unicode-based (when running on Win XP and NT). Non-logical fields can be written in any language or in multiple languages.|
|File export||Images can be downsized manually or automatically. Picture descriptions (image metadata, plus author information) can be exported in XML format when images are exported. When imported by another ViewMinder user, the description is transferred at the same time.|
(First posted on Monday, August 2, 2004 at 14:23 EDT)