Lightroom: Lightroom "Lite"

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Lightroom is the main photo editing program that encourages people to use key words to catalog photographs.

Unfortunately there are few simple programs out there (that I can find for PC) that allow people to  search their collection for key words and display all the keywords for that photo.

I use Google Picasa but unfortunately support for that program has been discontinued and the replacement is cloud based only. When processing in LR I save a 2MB jpg to allow quick searching and email facilities. With a catalog of over 250k LR (and a fast PC) I find LR too clunky for this.

I would like to see Adobe produce a program (LR lite?) that has the features listed above - preferably free. This would cater for the older non PC literate person.
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Allan Sheppard

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Paul Plak

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have a look at ThumbsPlus from Cerious.com. If I had only the development module from LR, I'd work from that software and start LR development when needed. This is what I do for most imaging applications. I believe having digital asset management separate from image editors adds a lot of flexibility that LR doesn't really offer, although it has come a long way in allowing to integrate with external add-ns and programs.
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Allan Sheppard

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Hi Paul, Thanks for your comments.
I have looked at ThumbsPlus previously but it is overkill for what I am looking for.
My specific reason at the moment is that I have digitized an old family photo album (1870 - 1940) with 1700 photo's and 1500 key words.
The target audience is 50+ so whatever I recommend has to be simple (to install and use) and not involve digging into menu's to view key words - Picasa is/was perfect, keywords were displayed below the photo (full size if necessary) and the option was there to open a side bar for viewing/editing.
I also send out photo's from family events that have the photo's key worded.

Do you think key wording is ever going to catch on?
It seems a no-brained to me for linking text to photo's.
Allan