Datafile 2007

Contribution to June 2007 Datafile

FastStone Image Viewer‘ is my favorite image browser and converter. Its best features are the easy methods of cropping and resizing. It will do the basic jobs of image colour adjustment, but I usually use Photoshop for that. The features I use most are the batch file renaming and resizing. Best of all, it’s free.

2016 update – the program will now adjust colour levels on an image.

ThumbsPlus is the best solution I have found for indexing images.
You can scan directories and CDs and it will create a database of thumbnails that can be searched. Powerful searches can be built, especially if you add keywords and user fields to the images as you add them. There are a lot of image manipulation features that are probably unnecessary. For just the indexing, I think it’s worth $49.95US.

2016 Update
I now use abeMeda for cataloging not just photos, but anything on CDs and portable hard drives.


Looking for old movies, audio, software and lots of stuff from a bygone era, check out the ‘Internet Archive’.
This link takes you to ‘Computer Chronicles’
Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world’s most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 – 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide, with translations into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The series had a weekly television broadcast audience of over two million viewers.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of journalistic awards including more than a dozen from the prestigious Computer Press Association. The series covered high-tech subjects around the world, having shot programs in such various locations as Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Spain, and Taiwan. Computer Chronicles was based in the Silicon Valley area of California.

Many of the series programs are distributed on video to corporations and educational institutions for use in computer training. Computer Chronicles program segments have also been bundled with various computer text books by major publishers.