My name is Anton. I'm a software developer. I have the pet project I work for years - photo organizing software for Windows. Before yesterday I knew nothing about astrophotography. By accident, I saw a forum thread at Affinity Photo website, where astrophotographers asked to add support for FITS format to Affinity Photo editor software(I have no relation to Affinity company). The software I make has weak editing photo capabilities, but quite powerful features to organize massive amounts of photos, in opposite to Affinity that can edit but not organize images.
Then I thought - what if astrophotographers want to organize their FITS images as well? The program I made offers features to organize images in folders and albums, tag with keywords, add descriptions, and do an instant search; it works quite fast and offers a free plan as well. But it does not support FITS format yet, obviously. Now I'm thinking to add support for FITS format to the software and offer it in a free plan also.
As this is a significant undertaking to add support for FITS, I decided to ask a community before starting to implement this feature.
So, basically, I have two questions I would like to ask astrophotographers community:
- What software or approach do you use to organize and tag FITS images?
- Would you be interested in having Windows desktop software to catalogize and organize FITS images?
Every answer is very appreciated, as well as other thoughts on the topic
PS: the software itself is called Phototheca(https://lunarship.com)