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How does Pitara work?
Pitara efficiently indexes metadata from your photos on PC, so you can instantly find a set of photos. Modern cell phones & cameras insert a lot of metadata into your photos. For example location, timestamp to name a few. Pitara process this information to a human-readable form and index it for searching. Play around with Pitara, you will be surprised to discover your photo treasures.
What are some of the use cases for photo search?
Check out some of the use cases we have curated for your reference : Use cases
Can Pitara index photos from an external drive?
Absolutely! Plugin one or more drives on your PC (desktop or laptop), they will show up as ordinary drives. Select the drive from the Menu -> Settings.
Note: When selecting external HD to index photos, it is advisable to keep the index on local internal HD for performance reasons. Creating the index on external HD also works, just very slow.
Can Pitara index photos from a network drive?
Absolutely! You can browse and select a network drive from the Settings dialog box. If you are unable to see the network drive on the select folder dialog box, please follow the below steps to locate it:
- Run regedit
- Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/System
- Create a new DWORD entry with the name EnableLinkedConnections and value 1.
- Restart your computer.
- Now you can see and use network drives with these installers or applications.
Note: When selecting a network location to index photos, it is advisable to keep the index on local internal HD for performance reasons. Creating the index on network share also works, just very slow.
Does Pitara touch/edit my photos in any ways?
Pitara works on a clean concept of scanning the metadata from the photos and index it in its database. By no means, the photos are edited inside it.
Image Header editing
When the user adds custom labels to the photos, Pitara inserts those labels(or keywords) into the photo headers as per industry-standard protocols. There are no changes in the photo in terms of authenticity and quality, only the image file gets enriched with keywords.
The advantage of inserting keywords following industry-standard protocols is that other tools can also read them.