We found our solution for storing and searching for our agency's photos
May 14, 2022

We found our solution for storing and searching for our agency's photos

Rebecca Nelson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The Inter-American Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency that promotes community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We use photos and videos in our blogs and social media, in reports to Congress, and in our own communications products such as our annual report. At the IAF, we use Canto to compile, store, access, and share photos for our agency. We were looking for a system that could accommodate all of our photos, ideally in cloud-based storage that would be accessible from anywhere. It was very important to us to be able to attach metadata, including keywords, tags, descriptions, and custom fields, to each photo. It was also essential to us to be able to search by country, by grantee, by individual picture, and by topic area. We may need to find a photo of an artisanal fishery project, or of women in sustainable agriculture, or of a specific grantee from Honduras, and we needed a system that would make it easy to do that. Nice-to-haves included having a way for contractors, photographers, or foundation representatives to upload photos and videos, as well as having a way to share specific sets of photos with external people without having to share our entire photo catalog with them.
  • Creation of custom fields with drop-down menus to facilitate adding key metadata.
  • Use of upload links to allow collaborators to upload and tag photos themselves.
  • Effective, intuitive search and filter functions.
  • Use of portals to easily share photos and style guides with external collaborators.
  • It would be great if everyone at our organization could be automatically enrolled by email address (@iaf.gov). We've been having to invite them to register themselves by hand.
  • Strong search and filter functions
  • Custom fields for keywords and tags with custom dropdown menus
  • Upload links for collaborators
  • High storage capacity
  • As a member of the comms team, Canto has made my job easier. I can search for photos to illustrate articles or social media posts much more effectively than before when I relied on remembering available photos.

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Canto is working well as a photo catalog for us. My understanding is that that's what it's designed to do. I wouldn't try to use it as a photo editing program or for anything too far beyond storing and searching for photos.