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A new approach to image ingestion, based on years of experience with ImageIngester. Visual, responsive, convenient, reliable.
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It's easy enough to copy—ingest—photos from your camera, card, or phone to your computer: Just mount the camera or card as a drive and copy them, or use whatever came with your computer, such as Image Capture on the Mac.
But all that gives you is a copy. Ingestion is a great opportunity to do more, before it's too late:
- Look at a preview to decide which photos you want to ingest.
- Rename the image files and sort them into folders (by date, for example).
- Make a backup copy.
- Add metadata: caption, keywords, copyright notice, and so on.
- Geotag the images automatically from a GPS track log, or manually by choosing a location on a map, to mark them with their latitude, longitude, and altitude.
- Convert raw files to Adobe's DNG format.
While you can do some of this later, it's best if you do it during ingestion. For example, you want the caption and the geotagging with the image, not just in Lightroom's or Aperture's database. And the sooner you get a backup, the better.
I've been developing ImageIngester, the most advanced ingestion app, for over six years, and I've learned a lot about how photographers want to do ingestion. But over those years ImageIngester has gotten overly complicated: too many setup panels and presets, too many rarely-used features, and too much required training to use all those features. Now I've come up with a much simpler, yet in many ways more powerful, ingester called Ingestamatic.
Ingestamatic has three huge advantages over ImageIngester:
- You can vary the metadata image-by-image, which you usually want to do for captions and keywords. With ImageIngester, all images got the same metadata.
- You can preview images as zoomable thumbnails, or even as screen-sized images.
- Ingestamatic is way easier to set up, and its much more convenient to code macros.
Ingestamatic is just plain more fun to use!
I've prepared a detailed chart comparing ImageIngester and Ingestamatic feature-by-feature.
Click the Detail button above to read the extensive help page that explains how Ingestamatic works, with lots of screenshots. You can also download (Download button) a completely functional trial version that's free for two weeks.