Pictomio is Freeware and sets new standards for 3D accelerated browsing/managing of your photo and video collection.
Pros: Pictomio is a software application for managing, categorizing, searching, and archiving photos, videos and other media files. It lets you create 2D and 3D slideshows. Itís a collection three major functionality bundles that are a photo browser, a slideshow editor and a slideshow viewer and is a collection of major features Image Manager, 3D Image Carousel, EXIF Editor, Liquid Zoom, Library, Image Rating, Album and Categories, Tools, Slideshow, Video Viewer. It is available in multiple languages. A word of caution is essential though at the outset. It needs the functionality of a fairly sophisticated graphics card with 128 MB video memory preferably. The interface can be localized in several languages besides English.
It brings together a host of functions for working with images such automatic grouping of images, tagging, image rating, EXIF and metadata editing, as well as image rotation and zooming. The application lets you view and manage video and media files too. It has very nice tools to organize even a complex image library. Images can be classified by user-defined categories, can be rated, flagged as favorites, create tags, create albums, browse by medium or EXIF data, and maintain a working list. Search can be effective based on these many dimensions and the user interface is nice and easy to use as well as intuitive. Lots of tab and right click menus help navigation. Browsing can be done on thumbnails, filmstrip arrangement or from a carousel. On slideshows, duration of the image staying on, the transition and how long that takes are some of the things that are handled. There are some 9 odd transition effects available. A metadata editor helps edit even EXIF data and enter annotations.
Cons: It would have been very useful the often-used edit functions were available, only the rotation and zoom functions are in the program. Also needs graphics support not commonly available and uses a lot of memory too.
Overall this is a very nice program indeed, a clear 5 star performer.