I am trying to find a way to catalogue my digital photos and have come up with an idea below but first some of my thoughts.
Most digital photo cataloging software uses a database and if the image is backed up to a CD/DVD, moved or name changed it is of no help.
EXIF data can be edited and will stay with the image but you can not search for it.
My method is create a folder e.g. Photos, have folders within that folder e.g. Holiday 2007, Holiday 2008 and then the images within those folders named like “Katie beach Italy 2007 sand castle.jpg” I could then use the normal windows search to search for Katie or beach or Italy etc.
As I see it:
Windows filenames NTFS format:
In the Windows API the maximum length for a path is MAX_PATH, which is defined as 260 characters. There are methods to increase this but I will stick with this as its a standard setting.
CD burning filenames including the path:
107 characters for joliet
214 characters for ISO 9660
255 characters for UDF
It is confusing as windows includes support for FAT filenames which are 8.3 ( e.g. 12345678.jpg ) and I am not sure if this comes into the eqation!
I also assume the length of the filename for cd writing will be the path and length of the image on the disc and not the original on the PC.
So if I kept the path to my image to less than 107 characters from the Photos folder my method should work.
Does anyone have any comments?