Decided to migrate my workflow from Linux to Windows. In Linux I used a program called PIX to manage my photos. It was extremely basic, just allowing a user to browse photos, showing thumbnails or full photos. What I used it for was tag management. I could assign tags and descriptions to photos using PIX. Then, I could filter/search for photos with certain tags. Once located, I could open/edit the photos with RawTherapee or GIMP.
Anyway, I have been trying different programs to manage my photos. I like Zoner, but there is no true "free" version. I don't mind paying but they require a yearly subscription. Stop paying and the program stops the user from changing any tags, photos, etc... within the program.
I have heard that something similar happens with Adobe once a user stops paying the subscription.
I don't mind paying for software, I just do not like subscriptions or storing data in the 'cloud.' My workflow does not require cloud storage and I don't mind adding storage media when necessary.
So... Does anyone have thoughts on DAM software for photos?
1) Not rely on a cloud service.
2) Not require a subscription service that will cripple the software or data if the subscription isn't paid.
3) Allow for assignment of tags/keywords to multiple photos.
4) Allow user to filter/search for photos based on keywords.
5) Support all basic image file formats, including Canon CR2.
6) Allow for "edit", like RightClick->EditWith->RawTherapee, DPP, what have you.
1) Keep tags/meta-data in a XML or other text file. Export would be ok as well.
2) Show map from GPS EXIF data in photo. Also, assign/copy GPS from one photo to others. ( I really like how Zoner does this.)
3) Allow the user to browse the photos using a hierarchy of tags/keywords.
Suggestions, comments and thoughts are welcome.