Clondyke ImageManager: Image Database Software

ImageManager 1.0: Image Database Software for Mac, Windows and Linux.

Clondyke ImageManager is a powerful and cross-platform image database software package. It handles most common types of digital images, including still frames in video files. Using ImageManager requires no specialist knowledge or skills.

Describe

Easy and efficient tools to associate your own descriptions with photos, videos and SVG vector drawings.

Organize

Move and rename your media files without losing associated metadata. Or create dynamic collections based on saved search parameters.

Retrieve

Flexible query tools let you search on a wide range of parameters on the fly. Visual similarity is supported out of the box.

Getting started

You can download and install the program right away:

Windows
Windows 7+ 64bit
Mac OS X
Yosemite Intel 64bit
Linux
Fedora 23 x86_64

Upon installation you can use ImageManager for free for 30 days (evaluation license). If you want to keep using the program after the end of the trial period you will need to buy a license. The licensing plans are flexible. You can choose between 1 year, 2 years or no expiration.

Who is this useful for?

Anyone who needs to describe, organize and search within a comprehensive material of photos and video files. Examples may be:

Artists, researchers, airplane spotters, 3D designers, archeologists, investigators in various fields, art historians, architects, ornitologists, post stamp collectors, user interface developers, and possibly many more.

How does it work?

ImageManager basically monitors and reflects all image and video files at a location of your choice on your harddrive. Inside ImageManager this location is known as the base path and the names of files below this location, in supported formats, are mapped into a database. This mapping of file names to database records forms the basis of associating all kinds data with the images. And as long as operations that change file names, such as moving and renaming, are done from within ImageManager, the mappings are kept up-to-date.

At the basic level ImageManager provides three ways of associating descriptions with your images:

  1. A visual index, generated automatically by the software.
  2. Keywords provided by you, the user. The software gives you a set of very powerful and intuitive tools for assigning keywords to your images.
  3. Basic information that may be embedded in image files, such as the original date and time of a photo.

ImageManager keeps information from these paradigms in it's database for each of your images. And by providing you with a flexible set of search tools you can run instant searches across your entire collection of images.

About the ImageManager database

ImageManager stores all its data in a database that is very much accessible to you in case you are interested..

As the user you have the choice between two database options:

A bundled H2 database
This database runs as an embedded component inside ImageManager, and it requires no further setup during the installation. If you have no prior experience with databases this option is probably the right choice for you.
MySQL or MariaDB
With this option ImageManager can store its data in an environment that is exterior to the software application. This option requires some extra setup before you can use it, but it is probably the best choice in multi-user and / or networked environments.

Both MySQL, MariaDB and H2 are open-source database engines. Lots of information about them can found online.

Will your images be changed?

With the exception of the functions for rotation ImageManager will not in any way modify the content of your image and video files. If your files contain embedded metadata, such as EXIF, rotation is done gently by only modifying the value assigned to the orientation attribute.

What kind of digital images are supported?

In ImageManager 1.0 a "digital image" covers these four types of images:

  1. Conventional image formats such as Jpeg, PNG, Tiff, BMP etc.
  2. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).
  3. Complete video files as a single entity.
  4. Individual still frames inside a video file.