It seems I need you advice. Our company has recently released a new version of a software tool for annotating digital photos, and especially old family photos. I would like to ask you, genealogists, family historians, and vintage photos collectors, if you think such tool could be valuable for you (I believe, it could) . Your feedback will help us improve the product (btw, it’s free) and add new features that you might want.
It is called FotoTagger. FotoTagger lets you place location-specific textual labels on digital images. These labels can include names of people in an old family photos, comments about their roles in your family history, location of landmarks in a landscape, links to Web resources that contain additional information, or whatsoever. It is already used by genealogy researchers and family historians to make family photos more informative. One of them, for example, uses FotoTagger in her blog to annotate inscriptions on gravestones while another one identifies ancestors on old black-and-white family pictures.
You can take a look at this example to get an idea how FotoTagger annotation looks: http://www.fototagger.com/products/desk
So if you need to memorize something captured on a photo, I think it's a really great tool. Usually we write captions and explanations next to images meaning this information is disjointed from the image it describes.
Since FotoTagger provides an ability to integrate an image and a text, the annotations are always stored with the photo as a single entity. They cannot be lost when sharing or moving a file. On the other hand, the pictures are not spoiled with the comments because they could be hidden in a click so a pure original photo is available at any time.
The latest version of FotoTagger supports Flickr. It means that you can annotate a photo on a local computer and then upload it to Flickr while all Fototagger annotations will be converted to editable Flickr notes. Similarly, you can download image from Flickr back to FotoTagger. All Flickr notes are preserved and transformed to editable FotoTagger annotation.
Additionally, you can publish annotated pictures to Blogger.com and LiveJournal blog. E.g. this is my LJ where I have uploaded annotated photos directly from Fototagger: http://image_travel.livejournal.com/
My question is: do you think that FotoTagger can be useful for your family photos? Is there any additional feature you would like to see in this tool? I will be glad both to positive and negative answers. You can try Fototagger by yourself to check its features: http://www.fototagger.com/downloads
Thanks a lot for your help!
PS My apologizes if you have already seen this post in other genealogy communities. I am trying to collect your feedbacks :-)