In the quest to find free photo editing software, I have compiled a list of minimum requirements for the “Free software” category. Of course, in the paid category, more features would be required. The min-requirements list include: auto-scan, create album, join one picture to multiple albums, password protect pictures, fixes, basic editing, sharing, printing, and backup.
Auto-scan should be able to scan your entire computer hard drive for pictures and catalog them in a generic fashion such as date. This will then free you up to do the creative part of categorizing them instead of the tedious part of finding them!
Album creation is just tagging your pictures into a collection by name. This name is your album name. It’s that simple.
You should be able to join one picture to multiple albums because pictures are multi-dimensional. You may take a picture of a flower in South Dakota and file it in the “South Dakota trip” album; however, later you build a “Flowers” album and now you need to store that same picture in the “Flowers” album also. You don’t want to use up disk space with multiple copies of the picture you just want to set two references to it. That is the power of joining one picture to many albums.
Password protecting is always a good feature for your photo album. There are pictures that mean a lot to you ;but, you want them to stay private. You could have pictures of the placement of valuables that are hidden ;but, you want to have pictures to help you find them again if you forget. This is just one application of password-protecting pictures.