24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful especially if you have lots of digital images
Photoshop Album is Adobe's offering to manage and organize digital images on your PC. The price is on the high side for the features available but you are buying a product from the top brand in the field of imaging.
With a digital camera and/or scanner you will quickly accumulate a large number of digital images and it can get very difficult to manage your collection...
Published on 8 Mar 2003 by Invicta
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but wait for version 2
I bought this as I was worried about losing track of my pictures. It is certainly a help, but be warned that the album page templates in version 1.0.50 are probably not as good as the ones that came with your printer, which is curious for a product called Album,. The infamous bug that prevents seeing dates in European format is still there, but Adobe has withdrawn the...
Published on 26 Oct 2003 by Stokey Sue
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful especially if you have lots of digital images,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)Photoshop Album is Adobe's offering to manage and organize digital images on your PC. The price is on the high side for the features available but you are buying a product from the top brand in the field of imaging.
With a digital camera and/or scanner you will quickly accumulate a large number of digital images and it can get very difficult to manage your collection. Photoshop Album provides a tool to organize and catalogue your images simply so that you can retrieve them without having to create and then navigate complex file and directory structures on your hard disk.
There are other products on the market and you may well already have bundled a similar product with your scanner / camera. Where Photoshop Album stands out from the crowd is the use of tags. These are like adding post-it notes to your images which you can then search on. E.g. you can add a tag to all photos featuring the family cat making it a simple exercise to find all your images of your favourite pet. You can add multiple tags to an image making Photoshop Album much more flexible than organizing images in directories on disk. There is also a calendar that date/time stamps your images with information from your digital camera or when the image was filed. An annoyance of this feature is that it always uses the American date format rather than using the local date/time settings set in Windows. Photoshop Album has a tool to make backups of the image catalogue and it worth doing this regularly in case a disaster strikes your hard disk.
Nice features of Album are the various facilities to share your images. There are templates for creating slide shows, eCards, calendars, greetings cards etc based on PDF technology. These can be emailed, printed, or burned to CDs. eCards are a nice way to email your friends a copy of your favourite images along with background music. An Adobe viewer is required to view these and viewers are free and available for a wide range of operating systems.
There are limited features for fixing images such as removing red-eye. Photoshop Album links with Photoshop Elements for serious image editing. Photoshop Album is a standalone program and does not require Photoshop Elements but if you have Elements then Album integrates nicely with it.
Photoshop Album would have received five stars if were better priced and did not have a few annoyances such as use of the American date format, scanned images can be reported as too large for Photoshop Album and too frequent program hangs. Photoshop Album is a new product so no doubt fixes for these will be available soon.
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I manage without this software?,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)Photoshop Album is an excellent product that lives up to the Adobe name for well-engineered software. The main reason for most people to buy this product will be to allow easy organisation and search of their digitally stored photographs, video clips and music files.
The tagging system is at the heart of this software. Photoshop Album comes with six main (unchangeable) categories - People, Places, Events, Other, Hidden and Favourites. You can add sub-categories to these main categories. For instance the People category could consist of your own sub-categories of Family, Friends and Work Colleagues. Within these sub-categories, tags are created. For example, within the Family subcategory I would add the tags Robert, Susan, Sarah, Andrew and Jack. These tags would then be attached to appropriate photographs within my collection, thus making it extremely easy to quickly find and view all photos of Jack and Andrew for instance.
To make the software work for you, it is vital to take a bit of time beforehand to plan the subcategory and tagging elements that will work for your collection. Otherwise (yes, like me) you'll end up removing tags from photographs and starting over again several times before getting it right. My advice is to keep subcategories general and tags specific - this makes it a lot easier to add to your requirements in future.
To edit a photograph, once it has been tracked down, it takes two clicks to then open it within your favourite editing program. Photoshop Album ensures that a copy, not the original, is used in this process. This is a much better option than using the standard browse facilities as available in Photoshop, Elements or Paint Shop Pro.
Other useful facilities included in Photoshop Album include some useful basic editing requirements such as cropping and red eye removal and a number of creative options for making cards, calendars, slideshows, video CD's etc.
There are some downsides to Photoshop Album of course - not even Adobe gets it all right first time! Only one level of subcategory can be created, so no sub-subcategories are possible. This would allow more powerful searching of the media, but I guess would add to the complexity of the software too. At the moment it is very easy to use. It would also be useful to have more complex tag search options available. A NOT option would be very useful, for example if I want to find photographs which include Robert and Susan but that were not taken in Mallorca.
These problems do not however take away from the fact that this is a lovely, easy to use piece of software that will only improve with age. Already I wouldn't be without it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First, sliced bread, then this.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)I was sceptical about this program when I first saw it. Especially as it was so inexpensive. But it is a real gem. I have several thousand photographs, videos and audio clips on my hard drives. After years of computerised chaos when it comes to finding photographs and videos that I know I have ‘somewhere’ ... I can now find them all in a trice. Having created about thirty or so ‘tags’ I can find or just browse them all with just two clicks of the mouse. Even without using search tags, the timeline is always available, this make browsing an absolute joy.
So far my new digital camera has produced about three gigabytes of data; Album is coping effortlessly with that and more. Often a digital picture needs no more than cropping and colour/contrast correction. Album does that in seconds plus always saves your original file as a ‘digital negative’ in case you want to return to it later. The sheer speed of cataloguing, editing and browsing won me over, that and the instant on-screen shows.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent software, easily beats the "free" software,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)It's a joy to use a "well written" piece of software to manage photos. After having used a handful of the bundled software that comes with digital cameras, this is an order of magnitude better.
The software integrates with XP and can automatically start when you plug in a USB storage device (camera / SD/MMC card etc). It's clever enough to sync properly and allow you to leave files on the card and know which were downloaded already.
Other useful features (IMO) include being able to shift times and dates of photos around, an excellent way of tagging photos (useful after you have 1000+ on your hard disk), and a brilliant feature where you can select a section of photos and it will create a set of sequentially named and identical size (resolution) files for distribution or putting on the web.
The free packages have some of the features, but generally seem to be garish and buggy - this by contrast works like a decent "windows style" application.
** One point to note - version 2.0 is coming out shortly, so you may want to buy this one instead!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but wait for version 2,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)I bought this as I was worried about losing track of my pictures. It is certainly a help, but be warned that the album page templates in version 1.0.50 are probably not as good as the ones that came with your printer, which is curious for a product called Album,. The infamous bug that prevents seeing dates in European format is still there, but Adobe has withdrawn the patch from their website. Apparently both these problems are fixed in version 2, but I think that this is only available in the US so far. The oddity that won't be fixed in 2, is that while both Adobe and most users make a great fuss about the tag system, and it is very helpful, the one thing that you can't do with it is the obvious one - sort pictures in the Photowell (display catalogue) by tag. Wait for version 2 - I'm a bit annoyed to have been sold version 1 after 2 was released in the US.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for digital camera users,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)If you're a regular user of a digital camera you will probably find you have a hard-disk crammed with photos with no means of searching or browsing. Having read rave pre-release reviews in the computer press I pre-ordered this software and was not disappointed. Everything about it shines. It's logical to use - within minutes I had installed it, scanned my hard-disk (it found 1700 photos), selected a few and built a simple but effective album ready for uploading to my website.
The main screen shows ALL the photos that have been found by the software. These can be displayed as tiny or small thumb-print, four to the screen or one image at a time. When viewing individual images, you are able to type in a description of the photo, which can then be used during searching and appears in 'albums' such as websites, PDA, slide-shows and so on.
The software also includes basic photo retouching software (e.g. red-eye removal) which works well enough, but for more advanced retouching you can tell it to use Adobe or third-party software (such as Photoshop Elements).
I was hesitant in buying a version 1.0 release - but so far have found no faults!
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PhotoShop Album, helps organise your photo's,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)This software acts a bit different compared to ACDSee, Compupic and Uleads Photoexplorer: it doesn't show thumbnails per folder, but shows all thumbnails in one window, no matter where the photo's are located. This place is called the Photo Well. This approach enables you to find your photographs, also when you don't know on which drive, or CD or floppy you have saved them. You can assign tags, to easily select all the photo's of your son, or the trip to Hawaii, or the photo's you made on certain date. It will use the camera information if you have a digital camera, or you can add it yourself. When you have more then 10,000 photo's, it doesn't work as fast as one would desire, even not on a Pentium4-2.8GHz with 512MB memory. I also noticed that importing photo's from a CD-ROM is not as easy as it should, and hangs if it has difficulty in reading some files (GIF). I also experienced crashes when removing tags in a certain order. I am sure Adobe will address these issues rapidly, given the reputation of Adobe. Despite these issues I can recommend this software, it makes it easier to find your photo's again, then any other software I have seen. The photo fix tool works easy, if you want more editing power you can use Photo Elements or PhotoShop, or other software. Highly recommended!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)If you have a digital camera this is a must! This software makes catologueing your pictures so easy. The tag system works great. It provides a simple interface to add titles and keywords to your pictures. It is worth it purely for these features.
Download the patch to sort the american date format.
For this price you can't go wrong - just wish I'd had this software a year ago.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing Key Features,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Album (CD-ROM)Although this product might be of use to the very casual photographer with a small number of images to manage, it lacks two critical features that any one with more than a few-hundred locally stored photos will sorely miss: (1) no support for networked files without local caching and (2) no support for exporting catalog data. The lack of the first feature means that a local copy is made of each image you wish to index in Photoshop Album (not a good thing if you have several thousand images stored on a network!) and the lack of the second means that all of your data is trapped in Photoshop Album and is unavailable for use in other applications.
Wait for version 2.0 or look elsewhere.
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Adobe Photoshop Album by Adobe Systems Inc. (Windows 2000 / 98 / Me / NT / XP)
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