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I work for a municipality and we are looking for a software that we can use to catalog and archive our collection of photos. I am the one that shoots most of the photos for the city but there are some images that pre-date my being here or are taken by other staff and even hired out to outside professionals. We are looking for something, ala Lightroom, I guess, where staff can search Network Drives for available photos to use in their work, presentations or publications. We mainly need something that would allow someone to insert some description of what they need and locate available photos that match those criteria. We need something that can be used by multiple users over multiple computers and several locations around the city.
I envision something that can program metadata to a photo that would contain the date, name of photographer, names of subjects, events and any other criteria that might be helpful in locating and properly crediting or captioning a photo.
I don't know that we really need the ability to edit the photos with this application. If a user could locate photos and copy them to their project folders, and drop into Powerpoint, Edit in Photoshop, upload to the website, distribute in emails or send to printers or media, etc., that, would be helpful. Right now I put all my photos in a folder on a network drive in sub folders that help people find current photos. They simply copy off the photos that they need. Problem is that the collection is getting a little large and is, somewhat, cumbersome in finding something specific that someone might need.
Is there anything out there that might fit these needs? Also, the software MUST be PC compatable, as that is what the city wide network is.
Thanks for any assistance and suggestions.