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Full user review
"This is the future! When they say it gives meaning, they mean it."
I have about 5000 photos and movies already, and it grows all the time. I had them all in folders and stuff, but even with picassa it was getting harder and harder to find a specific photo when I wanted it. I looked around at a few different packages to get them a bit sorted, but what made me choose Coolect is that by making a few connections between things, suddenly the whole 'web' of your life comes together! So suddenly you can find that photo of someone who's name you don't remember who was at some wedding (you don't remember when, but you know your friend danny was there too) - it's a snap when you have it all connected in Coolect!
Here's a hint: I brought all my pictures (and then movies) in at once with the "search" button, which is marked as for advanced users, but it is not that hard. I left the option on to automatically create categories (their word for tags) from folder names - and all my folder organisation was kept, even the sub folders. I have been working on making coolect events that correspond to the categories that came from my folder names, and it seems really smart at figuring out what I want to name it and the dates - mostly I just do a search on the category, and select all and hit new event, and the defaults are exactly right.
There are also journal entries that I have started using a bit (that can also be connected) and it imported my friends details from Outlook, so mostly it is really easy to connect to the people too. And I love how I can put pictures of their faces on - you have to try it!
Try this program - it is the only one that really does bring meaning to your stuff, just like they say.
I did get an error report that the program itself made, but it didn't affect using the program, and they were very responsive when I emailed it to them.