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Annotate allows you to very quickly search in your annotated as well as un-annotated images on your local hard drive. Annotate keeps an index of all files and this makes the searching very fast. Building the index takes time, but it is relatively fast – Annotate can index up to 100 images per second, so e.g. indexing 10 000 images in your catalog will take no longer than two minutes. Before the indexer processes the files on your hard disk, you should tell Annotate where to look for images. Ideally, you should supply one folder where you keep your image archive. To specify the indexed location, go to Settings tab and select Search tab in the lower tab panel.


Check the “Enable fast search in annotations” checkbox and click “Add folder…”. This opens a folder browser that allows you to specify a folder that will be indexed.

If anything goes wrong or you would simply like to have the index re-built, just press the Purge index button on the left. This deletes the whole index. Warning: If you have more than one instance of Annotate running when you press Purge index, you may get an error because the other instance is using the index. Please close all other instances of Annotate before purging index.

After pressing Save, the indexer starts to crawl the selected folders. You can see the progress above the “Purge index” button.

If you wish to delete a folder from the list, just select the folder and press Delete key on the keyboard.

After the indexing is complete, you can quickly search for images from the Browse tab.


When you are typing your search query, Annotate offers you suggestions based on your recently performed search queries. Search results are displayed instantly in the list view. You can switch various display modes using the view selector on the right.

Annotate searches in the following data:

  • File name
  • IPTC keywords
  • Camera model
  • Textual contents of annotations
  • Copyright of the image (IPTC)
  • Creator of the image (IPTC)

To search for all images, either leave empty or enter * as search term. Search will display at most 10 000 images at once. This is an artificial limitation to allow search work on slower computers. Fast computers are able to display up to 40 000 images in the browser at once.

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