Anton Vasilkovski

Computer programming and digital photography enthusiast. Make programs for the last 20 years. Interested in product design, UX, and image processing. Work for Lunarship Software and improve Phototheca every day.

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Phototheca 2020 Release

May 17th, 2020: We are thrilled to announce the new major release of Phototheca – Phototheca 2020 Productivity Pack! In this release, the team put all efforts to improve the performance and usability of the software for the daily routines of organizing, managing, and enjoying photo collections and digital memories.   Dozens of features were …

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Windows Alternative to iPhoto

iPhoto has millions of users caught in an upgrade quagmire. Apple ceased development on the software and replaced it with another in 2015. The software became unusable with the October 2019 upgrade release of macOS Catalina 10.15. Since it requires an older version of Mac or iOS to operate, iPhoto is a liability. Additionally, it …

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Polarr vs Lightroom vs Phototheca

Regardless of how powerful their shooting gear is, a photographer can hardly capture a ready-to-print shot without having to tweak it in post-processing. There are too many factors to consider when taking pictures — it’s impossible to control the smallest details on the spot. To fine-tune the brightness and saturation of the shot, remove the …

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Picasa vs iPhoto vs Phototheca

If you want to start editing some photos, then your Internet searches may guide you towards Picasa, iPhoto, and Phototheca. After all, these are some of the best photo editing pieces of software that you can find out there. If you want to start editing some photos, then your Internet searches may guide you towards …

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Photolemur vs On1 vs Phototheca

Editing photos is useful for capturing and bringing out the beauty of every shot. Other than removing shadows, color casts, and tweaking brightness, photographers can change the dimension of the picture and reduce the overall size file to increase the publishing speed. If you’re looking for a one-click editor, check this On1 vs Photolemur comparison. …

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Mylio vs Lightroom vs Phototheca

In this review, we are going to compare three photo organizer software products that are available on the market and try to understand what suits best for professional and amateurs photographers. We compare Lightroom and Mylio, Mylio, and Phototheca. Hopefully, this review can help to understand what software to select – Mylio or Lightroom or …

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Luminar vs Aurora vs Phototheca

There is a lot of confusion, misconception, and myths around photo editing. Most photography enthusiasts think editing tools are expensive or difficult to master. That’s why beginners usually don’t go beyond advanced retouching tools or end up on not fine-tuning pictures at all. While the most feature-heavy, high-functional tools are much harder to master, there’s …

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InPixio vs Photoshop vs Phototheca

In this review, we compare three photo editing programs that are available on the market and try to understand what suits best for professional and amateurs photographers. We compare InPixio and Photoshop, InPixio, and Phototheca. Hopefully, this review can help to understand what software to select – InPixio or Photoshop or Phototheca to improve photos. …

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What happens when I delete a duplicate or click “Trash All” button in Duplicates dialog?

When you delete a duplicate – Phototheca does not touch and does not delete files on disk, Phototheca removes a thumbnail from the Library only. When you click Delete all button – Phototheca removes all duplicated thumbnails from the Library, keeping one thumbnail per every duplicate in an Event where it appears first. Read more: …

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If I have a network drive that contains 1000’s of photos in folders on a network that is populated by many people, is there a way of the program on each machine to constantly being updated by what others put in?

Phototheca has the feature Live Album that works in a next way: you create a Live Album and specify a list of sources(folders) that are used to populate the album. Since you have such an album is created, Phototheca does regular lookup(every few minutes) in those folders for new images. When new images are detected …

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How to export(make a backup) photos from Phototheca? How to save an album on a disk or to USB flash drive?

To export all your photos from Phototheca – select all Events, go to menu File- >Export… click “Export” button and select a target folder where to export – Phototheca will copy all photos into specified folder. After export of events is completed – repeat this for Albums. To save an album on disk or USB …

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Can Phototheca read RAW formats or video files?

Phototheca can read both RAW and video formats. Phototheca supports RAW file formats via the Windows Imaging Component (WIC) framework supported in Windows 7, Windows 8 and later versions of Windows. Refer to this article for more details: RAW in Phototheca Read more: What formats does Phototheca support?

Can Phototheca help transfer my photos from iPhoto and keep all events, albums, faces, etc. ?

Phototheca can not import photos from iPhoto directly. However, if you copy photos from iPhoto to Windows PC and run the import in Phototheca – it will create events automatically, creating one event per one folder or one event per one day, depending on the selected option. The result of this import can be pretty …

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Can I transfer photos from Picasa to Phototheca? Will I be able to keep photos in Picasa while I try Phototheca?

You easily can transfer photos from Picasa to Phototheca. Basically, to get your photos from Picasa to Phototheca you don’t need to do anything special. Just run Phototheca, go to menu item File->Import to Library, then browse to the folder with your photos, select one or many folders and press the Import button – that’s …

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Where are photos placed after import? Does Phototheca create copies or move imported photos? How to get photos back from Phototheca?

Your photos remain at their original locations on disks after imported to Phototheca. Phototheca does not create copies of photos and does not move photos. To find where your photos are located – do right-click on single photo and select Open In Explorer menu item – this will bring Windows Explorer with the folder where …

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Where are the tags(keywords) of photos are stored? Does Phototheca use JPEG metadata, IPTC, or XMP?

Phototheca stores tags (keywords) in the IPTC section of JPEG metadata inside the JPEG file. This means tags are kept when you copy files and tags can be read by any software what supports IPTC standard like Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, Picasa, Windows Photo Live Gallery and various online photo sharing sites. Phototheca respects XMP sidecar …

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How to set Phototheca do not copy files from network drives(shares) and remember locations only?

If you keep your photos on NAS(Network-attached Storage) or on network servers in an organization and don’t want Phototheca to make local copies of photos – you easily can switch this off. Go to menu Edit->Settings->Advanced and make sure check-mark “Do not copy photos from network shares” is turned on. Read more: Import from network …

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How to move the Phototheca library to another drive?

To move Phototheca library files into another location — go to the menu File->Manage Library… and click Change button against the “Database Location” text box. Read more: Change Phototheca Library location

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