Photology is a new photo cataloging software from company called Enoetic. There are tons of photo cataloging programs out there so company really needs a good reason to develop a new one. And I need a good reason to test out another one...
But Photology has two good reasons:
- It promises I can search for pictures querying for pictures using their features. So I can do a query for "yellow", "plant", shot in the "afternoon" that is out of "focus. That sounds cool!
- It's using Windows Presentation Foundation, which is spankin' hot Microsoft technology everybody is drooling over but I have some trouble jumping into.
So I gave Photology a spin.
Here is a really quick rundown:
- innovative - I can think of situations I would want to search for "pink", "faces" "indoors". And I don't know any other software that would let me do that.
- design - It looks alright, but it's not far better the Picasa for example.
- ease of use - just a few buttons and clicks, not million of options.
- no browsing - I didn't find any way to browse photo like we are used to. I can only see searching photos as a supplemental features of regular photo cataloging software, not as a separate piece of software.
- search isn't terribly accurate - searching for "outdoor" and "beach" gave me some beach shots. But also gave me shot from top of the mountains, kids in backyard and an really old clock tower in Prague.
- ease of use - I'm digging simplicity lately. But there is a thin line between featureless and simple. I missed a lot of things, for example "restore". Program was maximized all the time so I had to lower screen resolution to make screenshot.
What about WPF?
I wouldn't know. I didn't notice it. Nothing spectacular for users, I hope developers found working with WPF easier that with regular old Windows Forms.
Photology somewhat does what it promises but there is a long road ahead of the team to make it really work. It is definitely not something I would buy right now.
But I can see Google buying the company and incorporating technology in Picasa 3. Not that would be cool!