Ian Singleton

Update

Posted in Uncategorized by iansingleton on June 17, 2010

What’s really been going on is that I have finally moved my scans database over to a tag-based filing system. This is a really big step and one that has taken a long time to get right. It’s thanks largely to my friend and database (and everything else) wizard Paul Beddoe. And at the moment, at least, it relies heavily on iPhoto on the Mac.

This is how the scans appear when you look at them in iPhoto. The thumbnails appear, along with the file name – in this case the scan number – and then the summary of the scan tags. If you double click on the thumbnail, the scan then appears full frame. But the real significance of the system is when you enter a keyword into the search box at the bottom of the iPhoto interface. Or a combination of keywords. Then, for the first time, the system is searchable in a way that you could never access physical pieces of paper or photographs held in a series of filing cabinets.

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