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Shoebox Express is a Mac OS X application for organizing digital photos by content. It uses Knowledge Base technology to learn what's in each of your photos. Shoebox allows you to organize your photos by date, people, places and things. With Shoebox you can quickly find exactly the photo you want, even if you have a very large collection. Shoebox also lets you surf your photo collection like a Web browser. If you already use iPhoto, importing your photo collection is easy.

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Shoebox 1.7.6 brings several important stability improvements.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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xk13 Member IconReview+11

This is the best app for tracking and managing photos without iPhoto or other apps with own database. So all your pics will stay in their folders and it is fast and simple to use. Maybe the 'look' could be improved.

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Version 1.7.6
Mortimerpa Member IconReview+1

I was first impressed by shoebox and bought a pro license: it's fast, load better than iphoto to manage large photo collection.
However, now, I would just discourage anyone to go and rely on this application to manage their photo collection. It's buggy and just unreliable. See the rest of my review.

After some time of usage and >30'000 photos entered and catalogued, I found the interface very buggy and missing the promissed "backup" feature... I had to go to complex manual file movements to get it to see photos as backuped...

I had emailed the support about these issues 4 months ago and never got any reply from them.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, apart from stability problem (the app would crash randomly and loose the data you had entered during the session), the missing -- but advertised -- backup feature and the UI bug... this application just breaks down when you try recovering from a backup.

I just updated to leopard, after backing up all the system, my photos and taking care of saving Shoebox database and preferences. After a reinstall, shoebox is unable to reuse the saved database... it just lost the tag data and backup info of 30'701 photos I had catalogued in it.

I already emailed their support 3 times in 4 months with no replies.

This is not worth 30$, not 70$, I won't even recommend it as a free software... even if I was quite positive about it when I first tried it...

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Version 1.7.1
Andrew Stewart Member IconReview+0
Andrew Stewart

This review is to offer balance to my previous one. Since once of my main problems was addressed. Furthermore I learned that the limitation of thumbnail sizes is a problem with OS X itself, that complaint carries less weight as well.

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Version 1.6.1
Andrew Stewart Member IconReview+0
Andrew Stewart

Program has promise but is pretty unrefined at this point. Would be a better value for less $.

My main complaints is the restrictive licencing structure and poor customer service.

You can only install this on one computer. I have my photo library mirrored on my laptop and desktop computers.

When I upgrade my laptop (which I do often) I will have to beg for another license key. I wonder given the developers lousy customer service reputation if I will be able to do this.

Lastly the thumbnails are tiny on a large monitor and can't be resized like in iPhoto.

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Version 1.6.1
Andrew Stewart

I feel a bit guilty now. Kavasoft replied to my email and offered me a 2nd key for my desktop.

I wish MacUpdate would let you edit your own reviews.

ikema Member IconReview+0

I had many stability problems with Shoebox that were not resolved to my satisfaction. My experience was that the user support was poor (it took a week and a PayPal dispute to just get an email response). $80 is a lot to spend to maybe help organize your pictures. BUYER BEWARE! I'd save my cash and keep looking.

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Version 1.6.1
aleonito Member IconReview+0

As the number of my pics grew, iphoto was slower and more complicated to handle. When I found shoebox, I loved the idea, and quickly bouth the express version. Eager to start, I imported my current iphoto, created 2 atalogs (so I imported twice - that's important!), as I wanted to separate the pics "work" from "family". Si I deleted some "work" pics in "family" catalog - to organize them better. Guess what? Those pics were PERMANENTLY ERASED from BOTH catalogs AND FROM IPHOTO! In case I'm missing something...
Emailed the developer - no response.
Anyone w/ advice? some pics were backed up, but the recent good once - not yet... I never would've thought that importing would mean not copying.
Sorry for "creaming" but I'm devastated...

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Version 1.6.1
kaz219 Member IconComment+25

-> Shoebox uses the "date-modified" EXIF field in jpeg pictures.
-> iPhoto update this field everytime you do anything with the photo (like rotating it), and most other photo-collection software do also.

That's why a lot of dates in shoebox are going to be wrong when you import from iPhoto, or receive photos from friends.

So, my advice to the developper:
Use the "date-taken" EXIF field instead !!!

I paid for this software, and it would be worth the money if this only thing was corrected.

For the moment, I have to use the jhead CLI programm to reset the "date-modified" field, so that shoebox got the dates right, which is pretty fastidious...

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Version 1.6.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

-please add an eject button for the camera
-I find that the categories selection can be improved, I don't like to click on those little arrows

otherwise it's a pretty good app

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Version 1.2.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

Caveat Emptor!

Do not expect to get much of a response from Andrew Zamler-carhart, the developer, if you encounter the usual crashes with this product. The trial is limited enough that you won't be able to use the demo on a large enough number of photos to experience the bugs. This application has a nice user interface and is very promising. Unfortunately, until it reaches a maturity level with commercial level support and return policies for defective software, the Kavasoft products will be hard to judge before plunking down hard cash.

I would give the Kavasoft products a higher rating for stability, except for the crashes.

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Version 1.2.2
Mrandre1 Member IconComment+3

I purchased this product because iPhoto is too slow. I recently changed computers, and entered my registration number, but was informed by the application that registration numbers are for one computer. Perhaps I can ask them to send me an alternate reg for _this_ computer, the only one I'll be using. But I shall not. That is too much work. Software is supposed to make _my_ life easier.

Software developers have a perfect right to handle their licensing any way they please. And I have a perfect right to view said policies as complete bullocks. Which I do.


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Version 1.2.2
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