For years I used iPhoto to organize my research photos, but as that application was EOL with Catalina and the new Photos app doesn’t seem to like my old iPhoto library I’m looking to use Tropy as a non-sandboxed option that should be more future-proof.
Now, I understand how the native Mac apps organize photos and the need to export from the native app. My main questions here revolve around how Tropy handles photos. The native Mac apps copy all the photos to one location/library.
Does Tropy use similar behavior? My limited testing suggests that it does not. If this is in fact the case, what is the best practice for organizing photos on a hard drive? (I have a NAS so space isn’t an issue. By the way, are there any issues with storing files on a NAS?) If I export everything to a single folder and organize within that, does the Tropy project file simply point to that folder? In other words, does Tropy create it’s own file structure or use a user-generated one?
I’ve got ~50GB worth of photos (all my dissertation research) so I want to make sure I understand how this works before getting started, as I’m working with an old, slow machine so I expect the process to be slow and tedious and I only want to do it once.
Also, is there support for IPTC metadata and if not is that an add that’s in the works/on the table?
Thanks in advance.