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Sarah asks:

My library wants to “digitize” their old photos. A workshop says they should be in two different formats, TIFF and JPEG. They would need an identifier, such as :”Library photo 1, Library Photo 2,” etc., with a title and place for added description. There are photo management programs such as “Past Perfect” for $870. Is this job anything I could do with Windows Live Photo? If so, could you tell me how to set it up? Thanks, Sarah

asked May 20 '11 at 15:57

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And then there's the option to use Google Picasa. I like Picasa a lot, personally. Setup requires little more than installing it on the computer that has your photos on it. If you want to rename photos, follow the instructions in this tutorial:


Get picasa here:



answered May 20 '11 at 17:00

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edited May 20 '11 at 17:01

When you batch rename files in Windows Live Photo Gallery, or in Windows Explorer for that matter, it automatically adds numbers to the filenames to differentiate them. You can add info such as date taken in the bottom right in Windows Live Photo Gallery

See the screenshot alt text


answered May 20 '11 at 16:21

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I might also reocmmend checking out this tutorial, for getting your TIFF and JPEG images



answered May 20 '11 at 16:26

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Why do you need to keep a TIFF and a JPG? I honestly thing this is bad information. You see, TIFF originally was liked because there is no compression. This of course was before .JPG became such HIGH quality. Now days you can have 12megapixel JPG files at HUGE HUGE resolution so there honestly is no longer the need to go TIFF. Just save in .JPG and you should be fine.


answered May 24 '11 at 22:13

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Might not be her option to only keep .jpg. that's a bigger organization decision probably.

(May 30 '11 at 10:22) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Also, I've not tried the program, but i hear FastStone allows you to automatically name files as your import them based on a rule.



answered May 20 '11 at 16:25

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