Creating a photographic archive can be complex and even with a comprehensive folder system for filing the images it can be very hard to find the image you want. JPEG images can store additional metadata including a User Comment, date / time, location data and much more. This is known as EXIF metadata. It is this facility that digital cameras and cameras in tablets & phones use for storing the information about there images. The metadata can be edited subsequently without altering the actual image. Annote8 allows you to edit the EXIF metadata and search some of the metadata fields.

In Android, Annote8 allows you to manipulate folders, copy and move images and edit the metadata either in individual images or in batches. You can rename you images in a folder in batches giving a prefix name and then automatically applying a numerical suffix. 

in iOS, Annote allows you to create albums in your Photo Library and then to export images you have edited. Once the images are in your Photo Library then they are available for searching.

1) A Holiday Example

Imagine your holiday pictures from Venice, when you download them from your camera you will find that they have complex names which may include the date and time.

In the Android version of Annote8 you can create a folder which means something to you, eg Venice 2016 then copy or move the images into it. You can use Annote8 to rename them Venice 001, Venice002, Venice003 etc. Annote8 can add the numbers 001, 002 , 003 etc to a name prefix that you choose (you can select the starting number, interval and number of digits). 

In Android and iOS you can apply a batch user comment to the images (eg Venice 2016) and then append additional comments to individual or batch images so that they may read comments such as Venice 2016 - Bridge of Sighs, Venice 2016 - Academia etc.

If your camera does not have GPS then you can apply location data to the images (either individually or in batches) using a Google Maps interface in Android or an Apple Maps interface in iOS.

The reason for doing this is that you can then use the search functions to find these images amongst thousands of others. Each time you do a search then the next search works on only the result of the previous search. For example you can find all your images from Venice using the location search then from those select just the images from 2016.  You can combine any of the search methods in this way. At any time you can clear the search results to go back to searching all of the images again.

These processes can be used for new images but also for old images either from scanned photographs or previous camera uploads.

2) A Family History Archive

If you wish to distribute an archive of family photos that you have annotated using Annote8 then all you have to do is send them the images. When they run Annote8 and re-create the database then annotations and other metadata will be loaded and they will have the same search capabilities as you.

3) Improving Safety With Social Media

Do not share images on social media without considering the consequences of sharing user comments, GPS data and image date and time. Annote8 gives you an easy way to remove any of these fields.