Image organizer

An image organizer or image management application is application software focused on organising digital images.[1][2] Image organizers represent one kind of desktop organizer software applications.

Image organizer software is primarily focused on improving the user's workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images. In contrast to an image viewer, an image organizer has at least the additional ability to edit the image tags and often also an easy way to upload files to on-line hosting pages.

Some programs that come with desktop environments such as gThumb (GNOME) and digiKam (KDE) were originally programmed to be simple image viewers, and have since gained features to be used as image organizer as well.

Common image organizers features

Not so common, or differentiating features

Two categories of image organizers

Future of image organization

There are several imminent advances anticipated in the image organization domain which may soon allow widespread automatic assignment of keywords or image clustering based on image content:[4]

In general, these methods either:

Notable image organizers

Name OS License Metadata Geotagging Facial
with Online
ACDSee Windows Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes No Yes ≤ 25 GB to ACDSee online, flickr, SmugMug,

and Zenfolio

Supports: >100 file formats, Unicode, batch processing, viewing contents of archives formats, non-destructive editing, DB export, R/W to CD, VCD, DVD. Contains: SMTP email client, FTP transport, duplicate file finder.
Adobe Photoshop Album Windows and OS X Proprietary Yes No No This product has been discontinued.
Bynder Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Dublin Core Yes No Yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Windows Proprietary Yes IPTC No No
Daminion Windows Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes No No Has a server-based version for local networks. Supports for images, vector images, Camera RAW, documents, video, audio, and custom media formats.
DBGallery Windows Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes No No A multi-user, network-based, image database system typically used by small to medium size companies. Runs on an internal network with a proprietary internet sharing option. A personal version is available.
digiKam KDE (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows) GPL Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes Yes Yes

23hq, Facebook, Flickr, Gallery2, Piwigo, SmugMug.

Image management application database, deals with collections of 100,000's of photos
FastStone Image Viewer Windows Freeware Yes Exif
F-Spot Unix GPL Yes
Geeqie Unix GPL Yes No No
gThumb Unix GPL Yes
IMatch Windows Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes Yes No
iPhoto OS X Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Yes As of April 2015, this product has been discontinued. OS X El Capitan can still run version 9.6.1
JBrout Windows, Linux GPL Yes IPTC
KPhotoAlbum Unix GPL
Lightroom Windows and OS X Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes Yes Yes PicasaWeb, Flickr, Piwigo, SmugMug with


Professional image management application database, asynchronously catalog DVD collections of 10,000's of photos. Has built-in RAW Editor that allows to edit RAW images in batch
Phase One Media Pro Windows and OS X Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP No No No Phase One Media Pro is a professional photo manager that makes it easy to manage both photo and video assets. Supports over 100 file formats. Asynchronously manage, add keywords and ratings to catalog with up to 500.000 photos.
Picasa/PicasaWeb Windows, OS X and Linux Freeware Yes IPTC Yes Yes Yes (PicasaWeb only) 1 GB free online storage, integrated with Google online tool suite. Discontinued March 2016.
PicaJet Windows Proprietary Yes Exif IPTC XMP Yes Flickr, Multi-user database access, unlimited category-nesting levels, hiding private images, supports for more than 60 image file formats
Photo Supreme Windows, MacOS Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes Yes Yes Available as stand alone and server version
Phototheca Windows Proprietary Yes Exif IPTC Yes PicasaWeb, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter Import photos into library, organize, view and sort basing on metadata. Detects duplicates, hide private photos.
ResourceSpace Cross-platform (web application) BSD license Yes IPTC XMP Exif Open source Digital Asset Management solution. Has commercial options.
Shotwell Linux LGPL Yes Exif IPTC XMP No No Yes Facebook, Flickr, PicasaWeb, Piwigo non-destructive editing, one-click autoenhance
Shutterfly Studio Windows Freeware Yes
ViewMinder Windows XP and 2000 Proprietary Discontinued in 2007
Windows Photo Gallery Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Proprietary Yes IPTC Exif XMP Yes Yes Yes OneDrive, Facebook, Flickr, Inkubook plus more with plugins OneDrive offers 15 GB of free online storage (and extra 15 GB if automatic photo upload from smartphone is enabled). The latest version of the suite drops the Windows Live portion of the name and is no longer compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista
XnView Windows and Unix-like Freeware Yes IPTC Exif
Zoner Photo Studio Windows Proprietary Yes Exif IPTC XMP Yes No Using HTML templates
Digital Photo Professional Windows Proprietary

See also


  1. Cynthia Baron and Daniel Peck, The Little Digital Camera Book, July 1, 2002 pp:93
  2. Julie Adair King, Shoot Like a Pro! Digital Photography July 28, 2003 pp:21-23
  3. "Who’s got the tag? Database truth versus file truth" by Jon Udell 2007
  4. Lightroom and the future of organizing photos
  5. Automated Image Retrieval Using Color and Texture (1995)
  6. Content-based object organization for efficient image retrieval in image databases (2006)
  7. Semi-Automatic Image Annotation Using Event and Torso Identification
  8. Managing Digital Photo Collections
  9. Temporal event clustering for digital photo collections

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