My pictures are causing problems again. A few months ago it was a shortage of hard drive space. A 1.5 Terabyte drive solved that issue. Now it is an organizational issue...moving through photos is time consuming. I have been using Creative Memories Memory Manager for years and while it was great at the beginning, it just cannot handle the workload of pictures I am taking now (I have over 30,000 pictures). Part of my problem is my trigger finger--I shoot and shoot and (almost) never delete. So I need to get better about rating my photos every time I unload my memory card. More than that, though, the program itself just can't handle loading the thumbnails for all those images. So I have been exploring new options (including Picasa and My Photo Index). It became ultimately more evident that using Ubuntu would expand my horizons. I only wish we had done it when I first got the hard drive...seems a little late now, with Patrick leaving, but I think it will be ok...it's amazing what I can learn when I'm motivated! So far I'm loving it. :)
Part of the trouble is that Memory Manager stores all the photos in its own folders, in a random sort of order (I'm sure it's not really random, but is more likely based on a formula or algorithm). So I can't just go into the program folder and copy out pictures that I want. If I want pictures, I must open the program itself and export the pictures. Deleting also takes a little longer than just manipulating the folders. So I need a better system of organization. Formerly I would pop my memory card into the computer, upload pictures into Memory Manager, and then not really do what I was supposed to do with them (rate, journal, edit, print, etc). Going back to a system where the pictures are stored on my computer in organized folders will make much more sense. If I still want to use Memory Manager for my "best of the best" or album projects, I can certainly add only those photos into Memory Manager. Memory Manager has excellent photo-editing capabilities that are SIMPLE, and if you are into digital scrapbooking it works seamlessly with Storybook Creator (but so far I'm not into that). For now I want ease of use and speed, combined with basic editing and the option to get into more complex editing. But I have to "rescue" and reorganize my 30,000 pictures currently locked in the program folders and go from there. I already did some practicing on Mitch's computer (where I had a backup of my memory vault) and seemed to cause some problems in Windows...all the more reason for me to switch to Ubuntu! I don't know if I will end up going back to Memory Manager, simply because there are programs compatible with Ubuntu that seem to meet my needs better.