The Picture Organizer
Type of Program: Picture Viewer/Manager
Supported Platforms: Windows 98, NT
Company/Authors Name: Accessory Software/Robert Carson
Installed Size: 7.6 Mb
The Picture Organizer is a software program that allows the user to manage their multimedia files and integrate them into categorized and customized albums. The broadband of file types supported includes; BMP, JPG, EMF, WMF, ICO, CUR, WAV, MID, RMI, AVI, MPG, MOV, MP3, TIF, PCX, PNG, PSD, TGA, CUT, PCD, FPX, PBM, RAS, MAC, DXF, XPM, DOC, TXT, BAT, SYS, and INI. The only serious drawback, which I found to be very weird, was the fact that The Picture organized does not have support for GIF format files (one of the most common graphic types on the internet.)
Further issues with this software include the fact that you can only add one picture at a time to an album or photo package. This creates a hassle, and puts a damper on the advertisement that this software is meant for "thousands of pictures." I would go as far to say that I'd use this software mainly for organizing my movie files before going through the time consuming phase of customizing the information for every one of my photos.
The software does have several positive points though. This includes a handy, multimedia address book feature, the ability to read 31 file types, (including a few that I hadn't heard of, what the heck is a CUT file, anyway?) and the ability to package and e-mail your pictures to friends. Of course, this is fairly useless unless your friend has the software (7MB download) and can read the packages in the first place.
All in all, I liked the address book feature and the ability to read MULTImedia files. The software screams for GIF support, however, and this $25 shareware is up against some stiff competition. The awesome but unstable PixFolio still maintains the advantage of name recognition, and it allows you to import and catalog as many files at once as you'd like to. The Picture Organizer is also a 7MB download, so by the time you get the software on your computer and installed, you just might have forgotten about cataloging your pictures and moved onto a new project.
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Reviewed by John Guilfoil