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1  General / Photo Blogs / my new photo blog on: June 04, 2010, 12:54:27 PM
Hello everybody,
here is my new photoblog:

It is based on blogger (I modified the blogger template using some code from Galleriffic).
I still have a lot of images to post.

Kind regards,

2  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Open Source Cataloging Program on: June 04, 2010, 12:44:24 PM
Hi Peter,
sorry for my late reply.
As George says, you can use the Virtual Box. Otherwise you could try the online demo. If you email me I can create you an account to access most DAM capabilities.

Actually, Notre-DAM was initially designed for a multi-user environment. For this reason it has to be installed on a server, so Linux was a natural choice for us.
However, we are planning to develop a desktop version of Notre-DAM (based on Adobe AIR, so we will not have to recode everything). This will provide 2 considerable advantages: (1) multi-platform; (2) direct access to file system. Moreover, this should enlarge the user target of Notre-DAM covering also some desktop and personal users.

Kind regards,
3  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Open Source Cataloging Program on: May 18, 2010, 01:09:57 PM
Since you are running under Windows, why not give IdiImager a try.

I agree with Dick. I am using IDImager since a few years for my own images (~20000) and I'm quite happy about it. Before making a choice, I evaluated several competitors (iMatch, Lightroom, iView/ExpressionMedia, ACDSee, Photoshop Elements, Picasa, ...) but IDImager came out to be the better.

Kind regards,
4  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Open Source Cataloging Program on: May 18, 2010, 12:49:27 PM
Hi, I am a newbie in this forum and I found this thread very interesting.

1.  Has anyone started an effort to create an open-source (GPL, etc.) media cataloging program using open applications and databases?  Having it in any way tied to a company/corporation potentially could/would yield the same situation I am currently in.

Yes. We are working on an open source DAM, that can be used over the web by many users at the same time. It is based on Django (a web framework written in python), MySQL, ExtJS (a rich javascript library) and Exempi (XMP library).   It is named Notre-DAM and the acronym is supposed to mean "our DAM" i.e. a free platform that can be used by a group of users and can be fully customized in order to fit their needs.   More information (and a demo)  is available on .  Or just have a look at this short video:

2.  Just how much DAM information can be stuffed into the IPTC and EXIF fields within the picture file. By having the keywords, categories, etc. stored within the picture (not sidecar files) might make the end user's efforts permanent.
The best would be to embed the metadata in the XMP block inside the resource file. As far as I know, EM should support XMP, but I don't know whether it supports XMP embedding too. A few years ago, with IDImager, I could restore virtually all my image catalogue just extracting the XMP from my backup-ed image files after a disk failure.

Kind regards,
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