Some of the key points made in this chapter include the following:

■ Variously called image or visual database, media asset management, photo management, and other names, these programs will help you get control over the vast number of photos that you'll inevitably save to your computer.

■ Three methods commonly used to search for photos are by date, by simple keyword or tag search, or by Boolean search.

Not all photo management software can view RAW files.

Some of the many kinds of data you can track, edit, and add to in photo-managing programs include metadata, filenames, captions, comments and notes, and ratings.

These programs, with their focus on organizing entire libraries of pictures, are useful for sharing collections of photos as slideshows, Web sites, and albums.

■ If you treasure your digital photos you should develop a backup strategy.

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