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Old 09-11-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Cross-Platform Network-Oriented Photo Organizer?


I know it's a bit of a buzzword bingo, but I'm looking for a cross-platform (Win and Linux) photo organizer/tagger that supports concurrent access from multiple users. Something to help keep a library in check stored on a SMB network drive or similar.

I mention the specific use case I have in mind here, but that's not particularly important to the concept.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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How about Picasa? Would that apply?
 
Old 09-11-2008, 05:13 PM   #3
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Picasa stores information regarding tags and other metadata locally on the computer. In Windows, it's hidden somewhere in "Application Data", on Linux, somewhere in ~/.picasa2, IIRC. While it could access the share, the metadata would not be portable. (And even if it were portable, I doubt it would handle concurrency well).

There must be a solution -- professional photo studios surely use something like this. On the other hand, it's probably a commercial (e.g., expensive) product.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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With code, usually things like cvs, git, svn and a handful of similar systems can handle concurrency just fine. Which makes developing in a collaborative environment much easier. You can as well use branches and many more things that I can easily imagine could be useful as well when editing images collaboratively.

They can work with any type of file, however, they are not specially suited for images, and I don't know how a similar system could make some use of the metadata in the images. But maybe this could be used in conjunction with some other tool or whatever to construct a viable solution.

I will try to search something along these lines. Dunno if I will find something though. If I find something useful I will post back here.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 05:34 PM   #5
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If I don't find anything, I'm considering starting a project to develop something like this. My initial thoughts are a python-based app with an sqlite backend. Sqlite would use a single file on the share as a backend and has support for transactions with concurrency, so seems like it should work.

In any case, I'm going to continue to look around and see what I can find, at least as a starting ground.
 
  


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