Let me very briefly introduce you to the ACDSee offline cataloging system.
ACDSee is also a photo processor and a viewer as well, but I will only be
addressing the offline cataloging system capabilities of the program in this article.
Notice the OffLine Media Option in the Folders menu.
Now I have clicked the Offline Media Option open exposing my MA disk numbers (Master Archive CD and DVD) which correspond to a number written on the disk itself. The physical DVDs and CDs are stored on spindles in numeric order so it is easy to find and pull the disk needed.
Now I have clicked on the disk MA-0001 and it exposes a thumbnail catalog of the images on that disk.
Shortly after clicking on one of the thumbnails of anything offline this window will pop up telling you what disk # to insert to access the file. Once the disk is inserted then all of the ACDSee thumbs are the linked to the actual images themselves.
In the screenshot below I have searched for that particular PICT0392 stored on MA-0001 disk above and ACD has turned up tons of photos with that file number on my system, and on my offline media. Notice
EXIF and IPTC and other data are stored along with the thumbnail image in the database
Once you click that particular PICT0392 you are looking for this window pops up telling you to insert the correct disk to access the image.
With an offline cataloging system like ACDSee's no longer do your drawers
full have CD's and DVD's need to sit unusable and unsearchable!
If you have a ton of photo DVD's and CD's archived that you need to catalog
in a searchable fashion, ACDSee has provided photographers with good
system at a very low price. ACDSee has been recommended by many reviewers and
photography sites including the staff of DPreview.com and I certainly
would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone looking for an
affordable image cataloging solution.