PicaJet is a powerful, feature-rich, but highly customizable and convenient digital photo management and image database software that will efficiently organize your fast-growing digital image collection.
Network support / Multi-user database access
Although PicaJet is designed as a standalone digital asset management system, you can use it in a network environment. To do this you need to import files with UNC paths. Here is an example of a UNC path: \\ server\my photos. Multiple users can read PicaJet's database simultaneously but only one user at a time can modify the database contents.
Unlimited category-nesting levels
Organize your image categories with no limitations on nesting depth! You can create highly complex category structures or simple ones. It is up to you and depends entirely on your needs and not on any program limits.
Fast photo indexing
PicaJet utilizes OpenGL graphic acceleration and optimized image processing techniques to index your photo collection at blazingly fast speeds. PicaJet can also relieve you of the time consuming cataloguing chore by automatically importing metadata information and folder names as categories. Many of our customer testimonials praise the high speed indexing of PicaJet.
Assign images to different categories using icon sets
One of the most important benefits of the Picajet digital photo management tools is the ability to assign ONE picture to SEVERAL categories simultaneously. Contrast this with a conventional folder structure where each picture file can only exist in one folder. PicaJet also allows you to customize categories with icons from a standard icon set or it can generate the icon from the imported image itself. Now you can quickly find any required category using intuitive visual cues.
PicaJet supports several dynamic categories, which allow you to check the status of entire photo collection:
Show All: shows all the album pictures (except any marked as hidden).
Unassigned: shows the pictures which are not yet assigned to any category and are waiting to be categorized (tagged).
Unsaved Metadata: shows those pictures which have descriptions or categories, not yet saved as embedded IPTC/XMP metadata. In this case, the metadata is stored in a temporary separate database. PicaJet will prompt you to embed this information into the image files before closing down via program options exit.
Works with huge databases
Every trip, vacation or holiday presents an opportunity to expand your digital photo collection. When developing Picajet we took special care to optimize it to work efficiently with vast numbers of photograph files. Add ten thousand shots or even hundreds of thousands of shots per album, Picajet will easily cope. Of course, you can also have as many albums as you want. Picajet frees you from any concerns about program limitations.
The low cost of DVDs and CDs makes them ideal for storage of images. Picajet allows you to store offline images on DVD or CD while retaining much smaller thumbnail versions of the images on your PC hard drive for quick access. This frees up a significant amount of hard drive space. When you click on the thumbnail of an offline image, Picajet will prompt you to insert a specific DVD or CD to retrieve the full size image.
Zoom in and out of any displayed image with just a single click. Thanks to PicaJet's full support for OpenGL acceleration, the zoom feature is fast and smooth. Many PJ customers appreciate this super-feature.
Hide private photos
Are your private photos really private? You may wish to show your photos to
friends but need to hide some of the more private ones. We can suggest two
Mark your photos using the hidden tag. Select the photos to be hidden and click Shift+Ctrl+H. You can then set a "master switch" to show or hide "hidden" photos using the Ctrl+H key combination.
Automated import process
PicaJet imports images from digital cameras, scanners, web-cams and computer folders as well as a variety of WIA and TWAIN devices. Tasks such as downloading photographs, creating new folders, renaming files and clearing flash cards have never been so simple.
For more advanced photographers we can offer new, powerful and highly customizable software to organize their photo import workflow - this is RoboImport, which easily integrates with PicaJet. A significant discount is available on the PicaJet and RoboImport bundle.
Storage of image descriptions inside files (XMP, IPTC, EXIF)
One of the benefits of IPTC or XMP is that the metadata is embedded into the photograph file. If you transfer an object (say a jpeg) with separate metadata from one system to another you also need to determine a way to transfer its metadata.
Separate storage in, for example, a relational database or XML file is also required. With IPTC or XMP, the metadata is always stored within the image file itself and is always transferred with it from application to application. PicaJet supports writing of IPTC in the case of JPEG files and XMP for Adobe DNG files. This ability to store metadata within the image files takes Picajet's cataloguing and organizing features to new levels.
Batch EXIF, IPTC, XMP editor
Full integration of EXIF, IPTC, XMP metadata is the key to reliable and efficient management of any fast-growing digital photo collection. PicaJet allows you to copy image captions, categories and ratings to IPTC or XMP metadata within the images. It also has a powerful built-in Metadata Editor for batch metadata editing.
Batch resize, batch convert, batch rename
PicaJet can easily resize, convert and rename groups of photos in batch mode. You can convert your images to various image formats including JPG, BMP, PNG, etc... If you are shooting the pictures in a RAW format PicaJet's RAW Conversion engine makes the conversion task rapid and accurate. PicaJet also enables you to batch rename your images using flexible template masks.
Support for more than 60 image file formats
PicaJet offers support for more than 60 media file formats including:
All popular image formats: JPEG, TIFF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, and so on.
Almost all Camera RAW file formats from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, etc. as well as the Adobe DNG format.
Support for video files
PicaJet imports and plays various movie formats including QuickTime, AVI, MPEG2, MPEG4, ASF, etc... The built-in player allows you to handle playback of the movie and you can even select a specific single frame as a movie thumbnail picture.
The major requirement of any digital photo cataloging software is to be able to quickly find an image when it is required. PicaJet offers a variety of ways to do this:
Filtering, using ALL, ANY or OR operation, grouping by rating, folders, date, and so on.
Searching by any criterion including EXIF fields such as camera model, ISO, F-number, Shutter Speed, etc.
Manage images through several albums
Sometimes, it is more convenient to break down your digital photo collection into several parts, especially if it consists of several tens of thousands of images. For example, your photo collection may contain private photos, a portfolio of models and your collection of rare pink hamster photos from RedHamsterLands. Just press the F4 key to create/ manage your catalog albums and then segregate your images into them using whatever categories you wish.
View images as timeline
This feature displays photographs in chronological order in a panel at the right hand side of the screen. PicaJet can break down the photograph dates into hours, days or months. The Timeline feature operates on entire albums or on specified categories.
Sorting and grouping by any criterion
You can sort and group images and movies by any criteria including EXIF fields which contain camera shooting parameters. These include Camera Model, ISO, shutter speed, F-Number, and so on. You can even group the pictures by folders, rating, imported time, etc. and then track these groups from the "Group By" panel.
The missing links problem
Sometimes, files or folders are renamed outside of the photo-cataloging program using Windows Explorer or some other application. In this case, some digital asset management systems can lose track of links to the original imported files. PicaJet has a solution to this potential problem. The built-in missing files recovery feature can automatically resolve the issue and correct the database file paths. If you use our RoboFolder tool, you can completely re-organize your existing folder structure and rename your files effortlessly. Subsequent correction of PicaJet's links is automatic due to its integration with RoboFolder
Automatically responds to external file changes
Once the pictures are imported to a PicaJet album, you can automatically set their file folders to be tracked periodically. PicaJet has a Watch Folders feature (Tools > Watched Folders) which automatically responds to folder changes. If you delete, move or add image files to these watched folders the changes will be automatically made within PicaJet's albums.
As your photo collection grows in size its value to you also grows. Just imagine how you would feel if your PC hard drive died and took your complete photo collection with it. PC hard drives are the most likely cause of failure of any PC. Yours could fail without warning today or tomorrow. If you do not already have a proper backup procedure for your PC or your photo collection then now is the time to use PicaJet's backup feature. Just a few mouse clicks and your digital photos will be safe. They can be easily restored by the Recovery function in the event of a catastrophic hard drive failure.
Three sweet pieces
Here are three simple tips that will make working with Picajet much more enjoyable:
Maximize/Minimize the workspace using the TAB key. A single TAB keypress will minimize/maximize the workspace and increase the effectiveness of your work.
The super zooooom feature! Thanks to full hardware OpenGL acceleration support, you can smoothly zoom in and out of a picture using just a single mouse click. For example, mouse click on your friends face in a group picture to enlarge it, click again to fit the picture to the screen.
Use the 0, 1, 2,3,4,5 keys to quickly assign a numeric rating to your pictures.
Photo editor with Levels, Sharpen, Sepia, Red-Eye removal!
Almost all of the winning photos on photo-site contests have been enhanced in some way using image adjustment processes. We understand that Photoshop is one of the best photo editors for this purpose and PicaJet is not intended to function as a Photoshop like application.
Our goal was to create an effective digital photo management system that can be integrated into your favorite image editing software. In Picajet, right click your photos and choose your favorite editor in the resulting pop-up.
In many cases, you do not need to use the full power of Photoshop to get good photos. Sometimes, just a few basic operations such as transformations, crop, levels, sharpening, red-eye removal and a few other simple photo-effects will do the job. These small adjustments can be made within PicaJet's built-in photo editor.
Safe images adjustments: JPEG lossless transformations, on-the-fly effects, and more...
If you edit the original picture, you will need to be able to revert to the original if mistakes are made or the results are not what you expected. PicaJet provides several solutions for safe image editing:
lossless image editing (versioning),
lossless JPEG transformations,
backup of the original images
new OpenGL Accelerated "on-the-fly" effects
PicaJet's "on-the-fly" effects allow you to apply image adjustments to the image during screen display without writing to the original image file. The advantage of this, compared to versioning, is that there is no need to keep several file copies on the hard drive, which saves disc space.
PicaJet supports almost all RAW file formats and allows you to render/convert RAW files to various output picture formats (JPEG, TIFF, BMP, etc...) while retaining maximum possible quality. PicaJet uses the DCRaw library that is also used by a number of other professional RAW converters. The DCRaw library can, by the way, be updated without reinstalling PicaJet.
PicaJet can resize and convert image files "on the fly" during copy or move operations. For example, you might wish to copy web-versions of the pictures from your "snowboard party" folder to "Michael's computer."
Just select the source images, set your required resize options, tell PicaJet to convert all files to JPEG format and click OK. Job done.
Auto-Optimization of the images for email
Photos of 5-8 megapixels usually result in 2-8 Mb files. This is rather large to send via email, especially if you need to send several pictures at once. Even if you have a fast Internet connection, many email servers will not accept large files. The solution is simple: PicaJet's built-in email optimizer will produce optimized, resized and quality photos using just a single mouse click. For extra email functionality, try our Free Email HTML Plugin. This allows you to create HTML emails where you can put blocks of text between multiple images. This plugin supports many of the online email providers such as AOL, GMAIL, HotBox, etc.
Fotki and Flickr uploaders
The free online Fotki and Flickr online photo sharing services are waiting for your pictures. These companies offer a wide range of online services, have friendly interfaces and provide free accounts that are more than enough for beginners. PicaJet has Free Fotki and Flickr plugins that are transparently integrated into your photo management process. They automate your image uploading process by doing the following:
resize, optimize images,
copy PicaJet's categories and captions to the online service,
convert file formats as required,
mark images with various attributes,
place images into specified sets or folders,
Send your photo to a mobile phone
Do you need to send photographs to a mobile phone? Using PicaJet's Send-to-Mobile feature you can prepare and optimize images to send to a mobile. This feature adjusts image quality, size and proportions. You can set up several profiles for various phone models.
Creating an attractive photo gallery using templates
If you have your own website, you can use PicaJet to create an attractive looking photo-gallery using a variety of templates and then upload the gallery to your website.
The best photo slideshow software with Hollywood effects
Have you ever seen those neat transition effects that depend on image content? PicaJet offers similar fantastic slideshow transitions. Images can dissolve from one picture to the next via a variety of eye-catching transition effects, just like those fantasy Hollywood effects.
Export data as XML!
If you need to share or use PicaJet's database information with other software, you can export the database contents in XML format. The exported XML file also functions as a useful database backup file.
Save photos to CD and DVD as a web-based photo-album
Recently shot photos from events such as a birthday can be sent to friends by writing them to a compact disc with an attractive HTML-shell for convenient viewing. This CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc can be played on any system: Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc. The photo-gallery will be saved with a category tree that helps you to manage your photos. You can also customize the appearance of the HTML shell using various design templates.
After the images are downloaded, selected, organized, adjusted and sorted it is a good time to print out the best photos. When printing, PicaJet automatically arranges the photos on the paper for maximum print/paper economy and print quality. Professional photographs can print a contact-sheet for their clients with captions below the image thumbnails. The date of shoot and picture border can also be printed if required.
You can customize the appearance of PicaJet's interface using the Windows default or custom skins. You can download additional skins on this page.
Interface in your own language
Would you prefer to work in your native language? PicaJet is translated to more than 20 different worldwide languages.