Keyword Manager 1.5.1
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Keyword Manager introduces a brand new way of assigning keywords to your photos in a simple and efficient way. Keyword Manager expands the functionality of your familiar iPhoto setup, and will greatly enhance your photo management experience.
For example, you can have the keyword Paris as a subkeyword to France. Every time you assign Paris to a photo, France will also be assigned to that photo.
AppleScript based solutions become excruciatingly slow when assigning and removing keywords from a large amount of photos. Keyword Manager taps directly into iPhoto’s own keywording system, for optimal performance.
Smart auto-completion helps you increase the rate at which you keyword your photos. Non-obtrusive auto-correction suggestions helps you avoid creating similar duplicate keywords.
With Keyword Manager you can still assign keywords to your photos, even when viewing them in full-screen mode.
iPhoto 06 (iLife ’06) or later
A ZOT interview with Johan Lindström
1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of Keyword Manager?
Keyword Manager adds new features to iPhoto such as the hierarchical keyword system, without sacrificing compatibility with iPhoto’s own keyword system. Even if you choose to stop using Keyword Manager, all keywords still remain in iPhoto. This also means that other plug-ins that use the keywords will function well when Keyword Manager is installed.
2 Why did you create this plug-in?
Keyword tagging in iPhoto 6, which was the most recent version when we created Keyword Manager, was quite poor. iPhoto was a good application in many ways, but the lack of a decent way to tag the photos in your photo library made it less useful than it could be. Since we both had large collections of photos we decided that extending iPhoto would be worth putting effort into.
3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.
The balance between ease of use and power. When it comes to developer tools and the programming environment other systems often sacrifice one or the other. Programming in Objective-C and using the many powerful APIs allows us to quickly create great products. Most of our time goes into making image analysis software, and Mac OS X is uniquely suited for this purpose.
4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?
When using Keyword Manager in iPhoto for the first time we’d recommend bringing up the quick assigner, select a photo album, and just try tagging the photos in that album. Using either the keywords that were already in iPhoto, or creating new ones on the fly, it should be easy to see how much faster it is to use Keyword Manager, rather than iPhoto’s own keyword tools. After becoming familiar with the basic operation of Keyword Manager the user should try arranging the keywords into a hierarchy, which will make it even faster to tag photos.
5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?
It is always a challenge to keep Keyword Manager compatible with new versions of the OS and, even more, new versions of iPhoto. Since iPhoto does not have an officially supported plug-in architecture we need to find new ways of loading into iPhoto, as well as keeping up with the internal changes in iPhoto. Each new version iPhoto has required a complete rewrite of the glue between Keyword Manager and iPhoto. It can sometimes seem like a new version of Keyword Manager is very similar to the last version, while in fact it has been major changes to it to keep it compatible with a new version.
6 What are your favorite Mac apps out there from other developers? Why?
SubEthaEdit is definitely among our favorite applications, any category. It does not attempt to do everything, and instead focuses on doing a few things right. We believe that is what makes a great Mac application. Other great applications that follow the same formula are Cyberduck, Adium and Papaya. But of course there are many more great applications for Mac OS X, too many to mention.
7 What features would you like to add to Keyword Manager that at this time seem improbable/impossible?
We would love to integrate support for Faces and Places in a future version of Keyword Manager. It remains to be seen if this is possible.
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