In my work writing non-fiction, mostly biographies, I photograph thousands of historical documents as source material. This includes letters, diaries, reports, articles etc, even book chapters. Up until recently I have simply used iPhoto for storing, dating and tagging this material. Its worked very well. iPhoto handles large amounts of photos and it allows me to tag multiple or single pictures, its was easy to change creation date to the date of the original document etc. Thus, if I wanted to view all documents from a certain date period dealing with letters on a certain topic: click click and voila! It was awesome and colleagues with paper filing boxes cried in admiration!
However - since iPhoto 11 was released, changing of creation date has become more cumbersome, making what before was a simple click & type action into a process involving several steps. When I need to do this with say one thousand documents every extra click & meny choice adds a huge amount of work to the process. I need a swift and easy way to tag & date a document and then jump to the next document for processing, preferrably with only key-commands, as mouse usage breaks up the speed of the process.
I am therefore looking for a new way to store my ever growing collection of primary sources. I have browsed the discussions here, tested heaps of software, but found none that can meet these requirements (ignoring to state the obvious: ability to handle large amounts of data):
- simple & fast way of changing creation date for both single and batches of pictures. Absolute must!
- simple cropping&rotating abilities (not a must)
- simple & fast way of adding tags/keywords (preferrably with the ability to import keywords from iPhoto! - but not a must…)
I have followed a bunch of discussions on this forum dealing with similar software, but I keep feeling that what most other people here want are more complicated ways to aggregate data post-tagging. I’m not interested in anything but fast and date or keyword-driven retrival of the documents I want. Therefore this separate thread.
I have looked at the following software (and others that I don’t remember…):
DevonThink: It looks so nice and would have served my needs so well! But i haven’t been able to find a simple way to change creation dates - anyone?
EagleFiler: interesting, but no batch date change…?
iDocument: also interesting, but again, no batch date change.
Yep & Leap: A bit confusing for my traditional mind - need to explore these further, but does anyone know about date changing here?
Papers: lovely in so many ways, but no easy way to change dates, and no batch change.
Any help solving my problem with these or other software-solutions would be greatly appreciated!