Digital Photo Guardian - Benefits

Digital Photo Guardian provides real-time digital asset management.

Here are the differences between Digital Photo Guardian and some other tools you may use:

Digital Photo Guardian

 Image Management

  • Warns you of deleted photos, even by another program
  • Helps you find missing/deleted photos
  • Warns you about missing backups
  • Backs your photos up
  • Finds duplicate photos in seconds
  • Actively assists you to remove duplicates, quickly
  • Automatically adds images to the catalogue when you import them using another tool
  • Handles cut/copy/paste/move photos by another tool automatically
  • Comprehensive support for XMP metadata, with easy input
  • Tells you how many images are being indexed
  • Keeps a history of image edits
  • Knows the ‘parent’ image of RAW conversions and other edits

Image Search

  • Quick search – find every photo containing a word in any metadata field
  • Comprehensive metadata search, but you don’t need to remember which field the information is in
  • Accurate search results because the database is up to date

Metadata Entry

Enter metadata for:
  • A single image
  • Multiple images
  • A whole folder of images
  • Add your copyright to the existing metadata
  • Add metadata on image import from camera/memory card
  • Reverse-geocode images, one at a time or in bulk*

Reports

View/print/export as PDF/HTML reports for:
  • Your camera usage
  • Your lens usage
  • Your camera + lens usage
  • A single image
  • A folder of images
  • A collection of images
  • Image search results
  • Customise the report using the built in editor*

External Tools/Editors/RAW Converters

  • Full support for external tools
  • Easy setup of external tools
  • Edit image in external tool
  • Edit copy of image in external tool
  • Image history retained in edited image**

Equipment Inventory

  • Create Inventory from Image Metadata
  • Maintain Inventory
  • Add prices and current values
  • Include photos of inventory items
  • Create report of inventory
  • Save report as PDF/HTML
  • Print report
 

Typical Image Browser/Catalogue Tool

Image Management

  • Ignores photo deletions
  • Asks you where the missing photo is
  • Backups? What are they?
  • You need to buy another tool to do backups
  • You need another tool for duplicate detection
  • You need another tool for duplicate removal
  • You may need to manually synchronize before it adds new images to the catalogue, if you can remember where you put them
  • You may need to synchronize…
  • Support for just a subset of XMP or huge, unwieldy entry screens
  • Leaves you guessing about the current state of the database
  • No history
  • No link between parent and child images

Image Search

  • No quick search facility
  • Complicated search expressions over a subset of metadata fields
  • Incomplete results as the database may not be up to date
 
 Metadata Entry
Enter metadata for:
  • A single image
  • Maybe multiple images
  • Maybe reverse-geocode…
 
 
 

 

Reports

View/print/export as PDF/HTML reports for:
  • Probably no reports
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 External Tools/Editors/RAW Converters

  • If supported, complex setup of external editors
  • You may be limited to tools provided by this vendor
  • No image history

 

 

Equipment Inventory

  • Not included

 

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