Eagle – through the Windows and MacOS library management

Nowadays, we all have a lot of pictures on our computers, some are downloaded from the Internet, some are imported from cell phones or digital cameras, and some are shared from QQ and WeChat, and there are many corresponding devices, some need to be browsed on Apple laptops, and some need to be checked on Windows PCs. As an excellent image management tool that supports both MacOS and Windows systems, Eagle can help us manage a large amount of images on various devices easily.

One-click Photo Import

Nowadays, many people like to take photos with their cell phones, and in order to store and manage the photos, we often need to import the photos taken by the cell phones into the computer. Eagle supports the import of folder photos, connect the cell phone to the electricity with a data cable, and create a resource library after starting Eagle. Then, drag the folder you need to import directly to the left panel in Explorer, so that you can create a common picture folder in Eagle (Figure 1).


Figure 1 Drag and drop directly into the folder

In order to facilitate the management of subsequently imported pictures, Eagle also supports the import of smart folders. Smart folders are intelligent collections of pictures that meet one rule, and we can import them quickly by presetting certain rules, for example, you can collect photos containing a certain tourist spot together. Click “+” under Smart Folder in the right panel, enter the folder name in the pop-up window, select the photos with the label “Dajin Lake” and click “Create Folder” (Figure 2). (Figure 2).


Figure 2 Create Smart Folder

In this way, all photos in the photo library that contain the tag “Daikin Lake” will be automatically included in the above smart folder. For users who often need to download pictures on the Internet, you can install Eagle plug-in in your browser, so that when we need to save pictures on the web, we can just drag and drop the pictures, and then the Eagle icon will appear on the screen, and drag them to it as prompted to finish saving the pictures (Figure 3).


Figure 3 Drag and drop to save images

Drag-and-drop saved images will be automatically saved in the Eagle repository by default, and you can see their source URLs after opening them in the repository. After adding a smart folder (containing all “Saved” images), you can organize all the saved images together (Figure 4).


Figure 4 View saved images

Smart and fast image management

After importing a large number of pictures, Eagle can also manage them efficiently. After we import photos into Eagle, we can quickly find photos according to many filtering conditions, and Eagle will also automatically read the default tag values of the original photos. Therefore, when finding photos, we can find and sort them by many filtering conditions. For example, you can right-click the travel photos folder in the photo library and select “Add Tags Automatically”, then enter the name of the travel place as the tag for all photos in the directory. Then when you need to find photos taken in these places, just enter the name of the place in the search box and all photos with the same tag will be found automatically (Figure 5).


Figure 5 Searching images

For many fuzzy searches, we can also make use of Eagle’s special features to find them. For example, many times we just want to find the same color photo in the photo library, such as finding a green grass photo in a tourist spot, this kind of fuzzy search condition cannot be searched by keywords. First of all, find any grass photo in the photo library, then you can see the photo in the right panel, select the green area as prompted, click “Find photos of the same color”, so that all photos of the same color in the photo library will be found automatically (Figure 6).


Figure 6 Find photos of the same color

Image synchronization in one go

For those who need to use Eagle in different places or on different computers, you must need to synchronize your photo library. Eagle supports automatic synchronization of multiple network drives, for example, Windows 10 users can use OneDrive directly to achieve this.

Click “Menu→Library” in the Eagle panel, and then remember the location of the current library. For example, on my computer is “D:Eagle.library”, close Enagle, and then cut “D:Eagle.library” to Explorer ” Onedrive” (Figure 7).


Figure 7 Move the folder

Start the program again, choose to reopen the repository in Eagle panel, click to open the repository in another path, and locate it to “C:usercurrent login userOnedrive Eagle.library”, the repository of Eagle will be saved in Onedrive directory. The Eagle repository is stored in the Onedrive directory. Set up automatic synchronization of this directory in Ondrive, so that Eagle’s repository will be synchronized to Ondrive server automatically. We can use Windows 10 on other computers to achieve automatic synchronization, and if we want to use it on Apple laptops, we can also install Onedrive and Eagle in it to achieve synchronization (Figure 8).


Figure 8 Using Eagle sync function in Apple system

Of course, Eagle has many other features, such as if you need to find the same photo in the library, just right-click and select “Use Google to find a photo”, then Google will be called to find a photo automatically. If you want to prevent duplicate pictures from being collected, then just check “Add duplicate pictures, show alert notification” in “Preferences”, so when you import the same pictures, an alert will pop up to remind us that there are duplicate pictures in the library.

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