I should have finished my spring cleaning by now, but my windows remain unsqueegeed, my top shelves undusted. And while looking at the junk drawers waiting to be sorted, I started to ask myself the tough questions: What about the digital disorder that's messing with my virtual feng shui? It was time to get my sprawling and neglected digital photo collection under control—a task I've been putting off since the heyday of the Zip disk.
To find the perfect solution, I canvassed professional photographers, photo editors and amateur enthusiasts. The pros pointed me toward software that was robust but too complicated for my needs. Even Type A friends admitted defeat. One described her system as "buying bigger and bigger hard drives."