Organizing and managing large numbers of photos can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. The rise of smartphones capable of capturing quality photos makes it possible for almost anyone to acquire multiple photos on a whim and digital cameras improve in quality every year. The abundance of photos has many benefits but every photo is not worth keeping and it is very easy to have duplicate, or very similar, photos. A variety of software tools have been created to address this problem.
Programs designed to remove duplicate files of any type are widely available. They are useful in removing duplicate files created by Windows and to assist with keeping track of files. Photos, music, documents, videos, and many other file types can be quickly scanned while duplicates are identified and removed. It is safe to assume a file flagged by this software really is a duplicate instead of checking each one.
It should be noted that general duplicate file removers usually flag items with exactly the same name and extension. They are not very effective in culling low quality or similar images. Software to remove duplicate files includes Duplicate Filter Professional, Glary Duplicate Cleaner, Duplicate File Eraser and many more. A list and descriptions of some popular programs for this purpose can be found at SysTweak.
Software created specifically for managing duplicate photos offers more options and specific tools. These specific programs are a better choice for those who frequently work with photos. It is not necessary for files to be identical to be removed. This fast and efficient software will flag photos with too many similarities as well.
Cleaning and sorting a photo collection to remove excess files is very beneficial for professional or private purposes. Duplicate photos fill the space on a hard drive which can result in performance issues and lack of space. Photo editing software tends to be large and requires significant disc space as well. Clearing out the dross also improves photo albums for private use and assists in organizing photos for quick access.
Duplicate Photo Cleaner and Photosweeper are very popular programs for Mac users. They each use algorithms to sort images and both of these programs have multiple modes and features to sort photos. Options to filter images using various modes such as standard, scan, and photo comparison allow the user to choose the best filter depending on the intended purpose. The software performs complex tasks but is actually very simple to use. The strengths and benefits of each program are often compared.
Duplicate Photos Fixer is designed for smartphones, Windows and Mac users. It possesses a variety of options for scanning photos and is also easy to use. Visipics is a very effective program for Windows. It measures similarity between photos using five filters for image comparison. Visipics will identify photos as duplicates even if they have different resolutions, small color differences, or different formats. It may be the best program for people who want to cull their collection of poor quality or similar photos that are not an exact match.
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