Struggling to Manage Your Ever-Growing Digital Photo Collection?

Written by John Grand

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a) clean uprepparttar clutter by putting things in their place, boxing up less important things, and throwing away junk.


b) walk aroundrepparttar 143277 house with a notepad and jot downrepparttar 143278 current location of each item of clutter. As clutter gets moved around, either keeprepparttar 143279 notepad up to date, or schedule a new walkthrough to generate a new list each day or week.

Obviously, a notepad of item locations is better than nothing, but what you really want is a solution that truly organizes your clutter instead of inventorying it.

ii) Can you easily organize groups of photos into virtual photo albums? How easy is it to move photos around to different albums as you refine your organization? Or better yet, can a photo appear in multiple albums without having to make duplicates ofrepparttar 143280 photo? For example, if you have a photo of Aunt Martha taken during Christmas 2004, you might want it to appear in an album containing all photos of Aunt Martha, and a Christmas Memories album, as well asrepparttar 143281 album of all 2004 photos.

iii) Can you sort your photos in any order that you want? Or is there a forced order depending on which photos you added first, or file names, or file dates, etc? How easy is it to changerepparttar 143282 order? Can you just "drag" a photo to its new position?

iv) Can you add extra information to your photos? Withoutrepparttar 143283 digital photo album software, all you have is a set of image files. The only information that you can record is inrepparttar 143284 name ofrepparttar 143285 file (e.g. aunt_martha_xmas_2004.jpg). Most software packages will allow you to add some notes, or maybe a date to your photos. How easy is it to add this information? If you just came back from a trip to Mexico with 50 pictures, do you have to addrepparttar 143286 title "Mexico" 50 times, or can you add it to all of them at once?


Evenrepparttar 143287 most basic digital photo album software will let you page through each photo in an album. Look for a thumbnail list that can help you hop to various photos inrepparttar 143288 album, rather than always looking at them sequentially.

The software should also let you print your photos. Check how easy it is to controlrepparttar 143289 size and location of your photo on a page. With a decent printer and some photo paper, you can print amazing photos yourself, rather than paying for a printing service.

Another fun and convenient way to show off your photo albums is with slideshows. There are a tremendous variety of slideshow designs that digital photo album packages will generate for you. Look for how much flexibility you have in displayingrepparttar 143290 photos and notes, how easy it is to embellishrepparttar 143291 background for your slideshow, and what software is required to viewrepparttar 143292 slideshow. If it can be viewed on its own or with common software such as web browsers, then you can send a slideshow to friends and family on a CD or DVD.


While digital photos are more vulnerable than developed photos, they are also much easier to protect. Can you imagine making copies of all your developed photos just for safekeeping? Withrepparttar 143293 right tools, making a copy of your digital photos is trivial. In fact, you can make multiple copies, or backups, and give some to friends and family. Then even if your house does burn down, your photos are not lost! Your digital photo album software should provide an easy backup and recovery mechanism.


If you store photos on a shared computer, managing security is a must. You don't want other people to be able to modify, and perhaps even view, your photos. On a family computer, you might choose to let young children look atrepparttar 143294 photos, but not allow them to delete or modify your photo albums. Some digital photo album software packages provide basic security settings, while others ignore this area completely. Security requirements differ widely based on your circumstances. Decide ahead of time if you think that this is something that you need to have.

Whichever digital photo album software you choose, you will be miles ahead in terms of organization then you would be without any software. I think you'll find that digital photo album software is like email. You may not feel a need for it now, but once you've used it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it! Just remember thatrepparttar 143295 goal is to enjoy your photo collection, not to get frustrated with yet another software program. So snap allrepparttar 143296 digital photos that you want, and get some easy to use digital photo album software to help you manage them all.

John Grand is the creative force behind Photo SafeStore, the revolutionary award-winning digital photo album software. John has over twenty years of experience in the software industry. Photo SafeStore represents a technological breakthrough in digital photo album software that merges the complexity of image handling with databases. The result is a product like no other:

Designing for a Non-English Audience

Written by Felicia Bratu

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•Provide allrepparttar source files and fonts used for creatingrepparttar 143276 document. If you used layers with text and images to create art effects, make sure thatrepparttar 143277 foreign typesetter receives all necessary source files, and not onlyrepparttar 143278 ones exported after mergingrepparttar 143279 layers. Provide allrepparttar 143280 graphs and charts in an Illustrator format.

•Don't forget about cross-platform conversion issues. Use OpenType fonts as much as possible. Most PC fonts do not match Mac fonts. For some languages, it will be easier to find a typesetter who is using a PC to do their work. Also, nearly all ofrepparttar 143281 translators will be using PC fonts, andrepparttar 143282 fonts they use may not be available in certain combinations of applications and platforms.

•If you decide to dorepparttar 143283 typesetting on your own, try to arrange a proofreader to check on punctuation, line breaking, and to verify thatrepparttar 143284 text is placed in its proper places, etc.

•Use a minimum number of columns. In some languages such as German, words may be twice as long as English. Ifrepparttar 143285 columns are too narrow, you may end up with lines that only have one word or many hyphens. Documents formatted that way just aren't as professional looking as they may otherwise be.

•Pictures with callouts may look great in English, but they often need to be readjusted after translation text expansion. Leave enough space for expansion, or use key letters with a legend.

•If your computer is set up to use special colour profiles-collect them along with your pictures and fonts. Save your source files to a lower version; it's possible thatrepparttar 143286 foreign typesetter does not haverepparttar 143287 same version software.

•If you use special techniques, make sure thatrepparttar 143288 foreign typesetter hasrepparttar 143289 necessary tools and knowledge to managerepparttar 143290 project without losingrepparttar 143291 quality orrepparttar 143292 message.

•Pay attention to cultural issues. If your document is to be translated into a language spoken in an equatorial or tropical country, try not to use pictures with Eskimos. This will work only inrepparttar 143293 case that your document is actually about Eskimos. Be careful when choosing colours. In some traditional cultures,repparttar 143294 meaning associated with colours is very important. Red isrepparttar 143295 colour of love and Christmas in Western culture, but it's alsorepparttar 143296 colour of Communism in East European countries, andrepparttar 143297 colour of mourning in South Africa. Green isrepparttar 143298 traditional colour of Islam, but in Western culture, it isrepparttar 143299 colour for money and ecology.

Felicia Bratu is a foreign language typesetting with WTB Language Group Inc. WTB is a professional translation service ( that provides technical translations in over 140 languages.

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