May 28 2006

Digital Photos Forever?

Published by at 5:50 am under General

We have a need to scan some photo and the potential to scan 40+ years of family photos. First we’ll need to acquire a photo scanner which fortunately looks easy and not too expensive. Years ago we bought a (Microtek I think) flat bed scanner that was large and fairly expensive. Like most things computer scanners are now better, smaller and cheaper.

What is troubling me most is what photo database program to use. If we do scan all the old photos, they should be annotated and the people and place identified. Maybe dated as well. Where do we keep all that information? The obvious choice is iPhoto since we are using Mac’s but then we and our heirs are committed to always using Macs; assuming Apple and iPhoto continue to exist. A good open source photo database that runs on Macs and other platforms would be a potentially better basis for a long term solution. A kludgy solution would be text files of annotations, but then access is poor and the information could get detached from the photos. Hmm

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2 Responses to “Digital Photos Forever?”

  1. gkkon 28 May 2006 at 11:27 am

    Not open source per se, but PHP & mySQL-based:

    /gkk

  2. gckon 29 May 2006 at 9:00 am

    I know FileMaker can do this, though it’s not open source.

    Or just give them all to Google. 😉

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