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You wrote that I used to have Playmemories Home on my old Sony laptop (I never had a Sony camera though). It was a really basic program with some batch editing features, and you can also set an "open with Affinity Photo" button. Search function is quite basic (by labels, camera, lens, rating, date, etc.), it had a calendar view, possibility to add simple info (title, description) and labels, and it was completely free. I remember it as having a nice looking ui, but I didn't use it because it was too slow. Sony might have updated it since then, so it may worth a try. 

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On 11/23/2020 at 5:12 PM, Evil Pechenka said:

This program has a great interface, tags are well supported, but there is a huge problem - it makes a copy of the library. I don't know why they do it, but it's terrible.

I also assessed Eagle. It left a lot of itself around when I uninstalled it. Fortunately I  had created a small test environment.

I am now assessing abeMeda .

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20 minutes ago, Amateur John said:

I also assessed Eagle. It left a lot of itself around when I uninstalled it. Fortunately I  had created a small test environment.

I am now assessing abeMeda .

I have tried many programs and online services. In the end, I settled on Movavi Photo Manager

Yes, it's not exactly what I wanted, but it's inexpensive, there are tags, albums. I couldn't find anything better.

There is no good software - either it is very expensive and there are too many functions, or there are not enough functions. I need tags for the photo.

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For Mac users...

I have used Adobe for years but last year I had to get rid of it because I upgraded my OS and CS5 would no longer run on my system. I did not want to pay the $$$$$ subscription fee for newer versions so after looking around I settled on Affinity as my best alternative. Good features and excellent price. One area where it lacks is that I am unable to import large batches of raw files. The application becomes memory bound and slows to a crawl.  So what to do? I have used Adobe bridge for years to do sort my raw images and do some preliminary adjustments before sending the picture to Photoshop. 

After a lot of searching, and many trial and errors, I found "Raw Power" to be an excellent Adobe Bridge alternative that I am able to tie into Affinity. It is $29 at the MAC app store. I would prefer free but the cost is reasonable when you consider that once you buy it you can install it on all of your Macs. There is also a cheaper IOS version. It is fast, able to view large numbers of raw files, ties into Apple Photos if you are into that, or you can simply point it to a folder. The export settings will open the file in the photo editor of your choice, which in my case the choice is Affinity.

There is a trial version that allows you to play with it but it will insert an ugly watermark when you export. You have to download the trial version from their website which is:
 
https://gentlemencoders.com/

 
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11 hours ago, George H said:

For Mac users...

After a lot of searching, and many trial and errors, I found "Raw Power" to be an excellent Adobe Bridge alternative that I am able to tie into Affinity. It is $29 at the MAC app store. I would prefer free but the cost is reasonable when you consider that once you buy it you can install it on all of your Macs. There is also a cheaper IOS version. It is fast, able to view large numbers of raw files, ties into Apple Photos if you are into that, or you can simply point it to a folder.

I found the iOS version too limiting. And you can’t just work on files in a folder: you have to import full copies of the photos into either a RawPower library or Apple Photos library. That really annoyed me, along with not being able to have the library anywhere other than the home drive of the iOS device, which inevitably means the home drive will fill up before long for the keen photographer.

The MacOS version is probably far more flexible.

Cheers

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I am new to Affinity Photo after years as a Lightroom/Photoshop user and getting away from Adobe and managing my photo library was problematic until I found Capture One Express.

Capture One Express is free. They split the software into specific manufacturer versions. I use Nikon. They have versions for Canon, Sony, Fuji etc.

Capture One Express uses the same RAW editor as Capture One 21 and can manage your library as well. It has a few less features than the full version but for my workflow, I do the basic RAW edits in Capture One Express and move to Affinity Photo for more complex edits.

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