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Programs to organize photos

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Programs to organize photos: Every time you transfer photos taken with your smartphone or digital camera to your computer it is always the same story: they end up being stored in that folder that you have kept on the desktop for months now, waiting to be organized as they should … and instead you never take care of it! I know, tidying up your PC can be difficult, very difficult, but don’t you think that going to fix your shots you could put up a nice photo collection ready to be pleasantly browsed at the most appropriate time? Yes, indeed.

Under the circumstances, if you allow me, then I would like to give you some advice: try using one of the programs to organize photos of which I decided to talk to you with my tutorial focused precisely on the subject. There are both for Windows and Mac, both free and paid. They are all rather simple to use and in some cases not only allow you to manage images but also allow you to perform simple editing operations.

Then? Can I know what are you still doing with them? Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusted computer and immediately begin to focus on reading all of the following. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that your friends will not hesitate to ask you for useful tips in this regard. Are you ready?

XnView MP (Windows / Mac / Linux)

Programs to organize photos

The first of the photo organizing programs I want to talk to you about is XnView MP, a software for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, totally free (for personal use, otherwise you have to buy a license) and very simple to use.

It is used for viewing and managing digital photos, it supports about 500 read file formats (including digital camera RAW files) and more than 70 output file formats. Note the fact that it also integrates some simple tools for image editing through which you can, for example, cut photos, rotate them etc.

To use it, first connect to website of the program, scroll down the page and click on the button Zip Win 32bit or Zip Win 64bit (if you’re using 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, respectively) or on that OSX DMG 64bit (if you are using a Mac), in order to download the software on your computer.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any position and then open the file xnviewmp.exe in it and click on Run. If in doing this you see an error message, start the program with administrative privileges by right clicking on its icon and choosing the option Run as administrator from the menu that appears.

If instead you are using a Mac, run the obtained .dmg file and drag the XNView MP icon to the folder Applications through the window of Finder appeared on the desk. Then go to the folder Applications of macOS, right click on the program icon and choose You open twice in a row, to get around Apple’s limitations on unauthorized developers.

Now, regardless of the operating system, click on OK in order to display the main program window on the screen. On the left part of it you will find the section through which you can access the various image folders, while on the right there is the viewer through which you can view the miniature photos.

At the bottom left, however, you will find the EXIF ​​data, the histogram and the properties of the selected file. At the center there are the categories, while on the right there is the preview of the selected image that you can also view in an enlarged way simply by double-clicking on it.

Each photo can also be added to favorites, to a specific category or classified by quality using the icons you see appearing by pressing on it. To manage and perform various editing operations, you must instead select them and then use the appropriate buttons on the toolbar at the top and the items attached to the menu bar, always at the top.

FastStone Image Viewer (Windows)

Programs to organize photos

FastStone Image Viewer is one of the best programs for organizing photos available for free for Windows, through which you can view, retouch and manage all the main graphic file formats quickly and easily.

It is characterized by a very well designed and user-friendly user interface, which can be customized via skin, and includes multiple options for photo editing, such as those that allow you to correct the red-eye effect and other image parameters (e.g. colors , brightness, etc.).

To use it, connect to website of FastStone Image Viewer, click the button download that you find under the name of the program and then on the one under the heading portable on the new page displayed, so as to download the software to your computer.

Once the download is complete, extract the ZIP file obtained in any Windows position, start the file FSViewer.exe inside it and click Run.

Now that you see the program window on the desktop, you can start organizing your photos as you see fit using the commands and tools on the screen. To be precise, in the left part of the FastStone Image Viewer window you will find all the various reference paths of the images, on the right there are the thumbnails of the photos part of the selected folder that you can possibly filter using the appropriate drop-down menus, while in below is the preview.

In the upper part of the program there is then the menu bar through which you can, by selecting the appropriate items and functions, add tags to the photos, choose the display mode, make simple editing operations and so on.

Then if you want to enlarge one or more photos, double click on the relevant thumbnail, while if you want to view the properties of the chosen file, right click on it and choose File Properties from the menu that appears. Finally, I point out that from the same menu you can also access other useful functions to manage images.

Namexif (Windows)

Programs to organize photos

Namexif is a very useful software that allows you to organize photos by renaming them taking into account EXIF ​​data, i.e. information automatically entered by digital cameras and smartphones in the photos taken, on the basis of which it is possible to trace the date on which the photos were taken. images, the places of the shots and much more.

Using it, it is therefore possible to rename the photos in sequence by replacing their names with the shooting dates and times. It supports various combinations of file names and is easily used by anyone.

To download it to your computer, connect to download page of the program and click on the button Download Now that you find by scrolling the latter, at the section Download.

When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and click on Yes, then on I Agree, up Next, up install come on Close, to complete the setup.

Now that you see the main program window on your desktop, press on Next, Presses the button Add Files to add the individual images you want to act on or on that Add Dir to select an entire folder and click again on Next.

Then choose whether to use the default system to rename images based on EXIF ​​data (YYYY-MM-DD-HHhMMmSS) or whether to use the customized one by specifying “by hand” the various parameters (Custom), decide whether to also include the info regarding the timetable (Shift Time by) and click on Next. At the end of the process, press on Finish.

IrfanView (Windows)

Programs to organize photos

While not exactly a program for organizing photos, IrfanView it is a resource that still deserves to be mentioned in an article on the subject. It is in fact a file viewer, totally free and specific for Windows, thanks to which it is possible to open all the main image formats (but not only).

It also includes simple image editing commands, has an essential interface and is very light. Its potential can also be extended thanks to external plug-ins. In short, what more could you want?

You ask me how to be able to serve you? I’ll show you right away. First, connect first to the website of the program, click on the button Download placed on the left, corresponding to the correct version of Windows you are using, and press the button Download Now in the new page displayed, in order to download the software.

When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file, click on Yes and then on Forward four times in a row. Then presses on Done to complete the setup.

Now, go back to the IrfanView website, select the item languages which is at the top and click on the link Installer, at the wording italian. Then start the Italian localization file obtained, click on install come on OK.

At this point, in the IrfanView window that had appeared on the desktop click on the item Options which is at the top, select Change Language …, click on ITALIAN.DLL from the box on the right and then on the button OK. In this way, you will translate the program interface into Italian.

Now you can finally use IrfanView for your purpose. Then click on the icon yellow folder which is at the top left to open the image you want to view or, alternatively, drag the reference photo directly into the program window so that you can view it in the center of the same.

Once the chosen photo is displayed, you can browse the images part of the same folder by clicking on the directional arrows located at the top, on the toolbar. Always on the toolbar you find the buttons to increase or decrease the zoom (le magnifying glasses), the one to view all the info about the chosen file (the “the”), the one to carry out the printing (the printer) and to export the image in a different format (the floppy disk).

The button with the negative, which is always in the upper part of the program window, instead allows you to create photographic presentations going to intervene on all the parameters of the case.

As far as the possibility of performing simple editing operations on the displayed photos is concerned, just use the ad hoc items found in the menu bar. From there, you can for example choose to rotate images, insert text, change colors and so on.

Photo (Mac)

Programs to organize photos

Do you use a Mac and are you looking for an alternative photo organizer to the one I told you about at the beginning of the guide? Then I am happy to inform you that you can use Photo, the application already included in macOS for photo management, in fact. It is in fact an Apple product that allows you to view, edit and catalog digital photos by importing them from your computer, iPhone and iPad and digital cameras.

It is totally free, very simple to use and can be used in conjunction with the function Photo library of iCloud, which synchronizes the entire photo library on all devices belonging to the same Apple account on which the feature is enabled. In this regard, it seems right to report to you the fact that iCloud storage space is limited in a way Free. The space offered at zero cost is in fact 5 GB, to make the most of it you must therefore subscribe to one of the plans payment (99 cents / month for 50 GB, 2.99 euros / month for 200 GB and 9.99 euros / month for 2 TB)

To use it from your Mac, start the app by clicking on its icon on the Launchpad (the one with the multicolor flower on a white background) after which you will find yourself in front of the main application window. At the center there are all the miniature photos that you can choose to view, according to your preferences and needs, in order of import, by moments, collections or for years by clicking on the appropriate items that you find in the upper part of the window.

On the left, however, there are the library (and the sections related to it), albums and projects. In the menu bar you will find further commands and functions useful for importing images, creating new albums, sharing your shots and so on.

By double-clicking on a photo you can view the latter in an enlarged way and you can apply various types of changes by clicking on the button Edit top right. Through the editor that you will see appearing, you can therefore intervene on the light, on the colors, you can apply filters, cut out the image and make various other corrections.

Other useful resources

None of the programs to organize the photos I told you about in this tutorial of mine have convinced you in a particular way and are you looking for some alternative? I’m sorry but … don’t throw in the towel yet! Rather try to take a look at my post dedicated to photo album programs and to my guide on how to archive photos, maybe you can find something that can really be useful to you.

You can find further interesting tools in my tutorial on programs to view photos, in my piece dedicated to programs to store photos and in my article on programs to open photos.