Originally Posted by Absolutely Digital
If you dont like to use the other features than dont, however I would feel reasured knowing that if I did need the other features I had them at my disposal.
That's just it...other than image management there is no need for any of the other 'features'.
Perhaps this will clarify?...
Once a month we gather together the club members' images (typically between 90 and 100 each month) submitted for evaluation. These are then digitally projected, judged according to particular criteria, points/levels assessed to them and the results are recorded. After that meeting our Selection Committee gathers together to cull out the Certificate of Merit and Gold results and these are maintained for submission to other competitions by other clubs/organizations.
Before we made the move to digital some 3 years ago we were projecting film slides. So there was even greater difficulty in maintaining a database of images to choose from (descriptions of the slides written on paper?). Now that we are primarily projecting digital images the resulting files are filed and backed up on the Club's laptop. The only purpose for this laptop is to gather the submissions, to project them and to store them. This is not a personal computer that would be used to manipulate the photos, or to generate slideshows or to print out the files. So there is no need to have those other features.
So to get back to my original query what I am looking for is a DAM program that is small, simple, editable (keywords) and preferrably free. As I said, before the advent of these All in One programs (such as Aperture, Lightroom and their clones) I am sure that standalone DAM existed...and am asking the G1 members for suggestions.
I did, at one time, have Picasa on my computer at home and was disappointed in the manner that the program did its file management. Perhaps things have changed in it to allow for editable Metadata fields and queries based on the information in the Metadata?
Well whatever final decision that is made by the Committee they will have a big task ahead of them. As we are now into our 3rd. year of digital submission/projection someone is going to have to sit down with each image, decide what the keywords should be and enter those into the database. We probably have over a thousand images accumulated now. At least I know it won't be me doing this.