Daminion vs Lightroom

by Murat on May 31st, 2011
We’re frequently being asked the question: What are the advantages of Daminion over Lightroom? So I’ve decided to compile a list of the major differences between the two products. I should stress that both products are constantly being improved, so the information below may get a little outdated over time.

 

Lightroom – is primarily a first-rate Camera RAW editor with built-in photo management and presentation tools for professional photographers.

Daminion – is a digital media management system that focuses on management and presentation only and doesn’t include any built-in editing capabilities. The key benefit of the program is its Multi-user access.

 

Two versions of the Daminion Server will be available:

  • Daminion Server – for home users who own multiple computers
  • Daminion Server Pro – for small creative teams who need centralized
    access to a media archive and built-in presentation capabilities

Daminion Server benefits:

  • Works for multiple users across a network
  • Controls access to media content by user roles
  • Audits files. It’s easy to find out who’s made what changes to your content – and why
  • Version Control. You’ll never have to lose a good idea again through someone overwriting your file edits

Daminion Standalone benefits:

  • Multiple catalogs can be opened simultaneously as web-browser pages. Photos can easily be moved between catalogs
  • All information about media files is described by tags. Tags are automatically synced with file metadata without user interference. You work with a small set of tags (~20-30), do your primary job and don’t have to worry about metadata
  • Support searches using boolean expressions (AND/OR)
  • Advanced Search enables you to locate assets with virtually any set of query parameters (more than 100 properties) in conjunction with boolean And/Or operations and a set of conditions like: "Contains", "Starts with", "Matches", etc.
  • Saved Searches. Think of it as dynamic collections. Any time a picture with particular properties appears in the catalog, the collection will automatically grow, and you can view it with a single mouse click
  • Support for hierarchical tags, with no limitation on nesting levels: categories, people, place, keywords, event… with Lightroom you’re limited to hierarchical keywords only
  • Besides Photo and Video formats, Daminion supports PDF, BMP, PSD, PNG, GIF, and Audio formats. Vector and Office format support will be added soon
  • Version Control. Puts an end to the problem of work being redone because you’ve lost your original versions!
  • Send to Email and optimize images “on-the-fly”
  • Import from PicaJet (I think Lightroom may support this via add-ons 🙂

Lightroom benefits

  • Lightroom has a superb built-in Camera RAW editor. Although we don’t offer Camera RAW editing capabilities as such, Daminion can read Camera RAW metadata, generate previews, and supports built-in JPEG previews. It also allows you to write metadata back to some Camera RAW formats
  • Mac version. Daminion is for Windows only. We understand that 50% of photographers are Mac users. We even carried out a survey recently, and published a survey on our blog: Mac vs PC. What Professional Photographers Prefer? We haven’t yet tested Daminion with Parallels Desktop, Virtual Box, Wine or any other virtualization tools, so I can’t say for certain whether the program can be launched on a Mac in this way
  • Effective web-publishing. This function is planned for future versions of Daminion