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Three Signs You Need Image Library Software

1st October 2020

Three Signs You Need Image Library Software

Given that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s no wonder that so many businesses use a wealth of digital content. In most cases, these images aren’t just one-off snaps or social media posts. Instead, they are valuable assets which the company can call upon time and again, or even sell directly to other users.

As you add to your collection of images, you’ll soon find a few issues – from organisation to sharing. Fortunately, there is a solution. In this post, we’ll look at four hurdles of image storage which image library software can help you overcome.

Three signs you need image library software

1. Difficulty finding images

There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the right image. It can happen for a variety of reasons. You might have saved it in the wrong folder. It could have the wrong name, meaning you can’t search for it. Or perhaps you want to locate a previous version of a file, but fear that it’s been saved over.

Whatever the case, it wastes a lot of your time and could leave you fruitless. Image library software makes it easier to organise your images properly and, in turn, retrieve the right image with ease. All images can be tagged with the right keywords and metadata, allowing you to search using a selection of filters. You can also create multiple versions of photos and videos, so there’s no need to save over previous work that you might want to go back to.

2. Running out of space

Images are required in a range of sizes depending on how they’re being used. Websites and social media platforms often work best with lower resolutions or compressed images, while print media may require a larger file. Whatever the case, you’ll want to store the full-size image in all its glory. That way, it can be compressed or cropped however you see fit.

But once you do that with a few files, the storage space will start to stack up. Image library software eliminates this issue, allowing you to store your images in the Cloud. In simple terms, that means you don’t need physical servers, hard drives or memory sticks to store all your valuable assets. They’ll all be stored securely, in one place, which you can access from any device.

3. Trouble selling images

From photographers and videographers to libraries and museums, there are all kinds of individuals and organisations for whom images are actually a direct source of revenue. In other words, they sell their images – or the rights for them – to end users.

To do this, many will have two separate set-ups. A storage system where their original, full-resolution images are kept, and a sales platform, where users can browse and pay for images. It’s fair to say this can be hard to manage, with the need to keep both systems synchronised manually.

Not with dedicated image library software. iBase’s photo library can be seamlessly integrated onto a website, allowing people to buy and download images directly from your library. Images can be rights-managed or royalty-free with a range of payment options.

And a whole lot more…

Struggling with access control? Finding it time-consuming to add watermarks? In truth, there are a wide range of issues that image library software can help you overcome.

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