I wrote a while back how much I liked iView Media Pro for managing my images. I was very sad to learn that Microsoft has acquired iView Media Pro. I don’t like using Microsoft software for many reasons, their objectively documented violation of the Sherman Anti Trust Act among them.
Will I have to go looking for a replacement, or eat my words and actually use software from Microsoft in a creative context? One thing, no matter what digital asset management software you use, make sure you are not trapped by it, that your metadata and images are always stored in an open and accessible non-proprietary form of storage. Because iView allows me to sync the metadata in their catalog with the metadata in the JPEG file headers, I am not trapped using iView Media Pro and I’m free to consider other options without alot of hassle making the move. I’m concerned that after the acquisition, iView Media Pro may start to take on the quality of other Microsoft products: bloated, feature-rich, and laden with bugs and other problems.