FreezeFrame (see screen shots) is a photo and video organizer/viewer. It is similar to applications like Picassa or iPhoto. These applications help you organize, maintain and view your personal photo and video collection. They not only import and organize your media but also allow you to annotate them with keywords and comments so you can easily find and search for them.

A standard file manager or explorer that comes with your operating system might already do the job but what if you want to search for photos by keyword, date or even location? Most smart phones add a GPS location to your media but it is seldom used. Why not view photos from a map or go one step further: resolve those locations to real addresses and sort your photos by country, state or city? How do you navigate and select among thousands of pictures for a quick slide show for your friends or to update your picture frame?

But then, why FreezeFrame if already several applications out there doing this? Well, most of the bigger applications nowadays are becoming cloud based. Though it is convenient to upload your media to the cloud, some people feel uncomfortable uploading their personal photos and want to keep them local and under their own control.

If you’re looking for a photo and video organizer for your local collection, appreciate a simple an easy interface then FreezeFrame might be for you. It’s free (FOSS) and written in JavaFX so it runs on all major platforms. You might even consider a donation if you enjoy it.

Current status

FreezeFrame is currently in beta phase. Though I have used it for quite some time now and continue to use it on a daily basis, it’s still in beta until enough people have successfully tried and tested it.

You’re more than welcome to give it a try and report any issues. I strongly suggest that you’ll use it on a copy of your collection or make sure you make regular backups.

Key features

  • cross-platform; meaning you can run it on Windows, OS X, Linux and any other platform that can run Java 8.
  • things like keywords, comments, rating etc., also called meta-data, can be stored in the photo or video file itself. If the collection is on a shared medium like a network drive, everybody accessing this collection will get these changes.
  • photos and videos are treated equally. FreezeFrame does not use external players or limits features to photos or videos.
  • see the detailed feature list for a complete overview

What it will not do (and why)

  • Make backups of your collection.
    Making reliable and efficient backups is a problem on its own. There are many good solutions available so there is no need for me to re-invent the wheel.
  • Video and or photo editing.
    The reason for this is the same as above. Photo and video editing are complex tasks and there are already plenty of programs doing a great job at this. FreezeFrame offers some very simple color adjustment and you can launch your favorite photo or video editor from inside.

What’s next?

  • custom search queries like ‘all media between 2012 and 2014 with keyword ‘beach’ or ‘park’.
  • albums with annotated photos and videos.