Tropy is a useful program for organizing images and this post details getting started with this application.

Installation was simple and straightforward, and upon opening Tropy, the first thing was to create a project. I started with a generic “Project 1” so I could see how it would work before I had an idea for a sample project. 

Tropy allows you to change the name of projects as you are working on them, simply by clicking on the title and selecting “rename project.”

As the new title suggests, this first project now centers around the biblical story of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda found in John 5:1-15. I have various images (paintings, maps, models, etc) relating to this passage that are in a variety of different file formats. Entering them into Tropy is done via the highly user-friendly method of drag and drop. 

What makes Tropy so useful is that you can enter metadata for each image. Though Tropy has it’s own suggestions for metadata fields, it also has the option to use standard Dublin Core – which I used for this project. In preferences, this can be set to the default, so the first fields you see are those corresponding to Dublin Core categories.

Adding tags is done by simply selecting the item or items you want to assign a tag to and under the tab in the right hand panel there is a place to click and add such information. There’s even an option to customize tag colors. 

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