I am coming up on the end of my PS Plus trial and thought I would share my thoughts so far.
When I signed up for my trial, for some reason I was signed up twice. I noticed this when I received two notices that I was about to be charged for my subscription. I canceled one of the subscriptions but will subscribe for one year to see where PS goes.
I am truly hopeful for a delete/archive function coming soon. PS is fantastic in the way that it presents collections of photos for review. This would make it a great tool to begin macro curation of photo/video collections. For now, I am limited in using it for curation since I cannot tag for delete/archive.
Overall, PS is a good performer running in Docker on my QNAP NAS (TVS672x). It allows me to use my existing photo organization structure effectively alongside my other photo/video apps that I am using and evaluating.
Originally I was also looking for PS to handle face recognition but I concluded that I no longer see this as a “must have” feature for PS. I have started to use digiKam for my tagging and facial recognition since I can embed the tags very easily into the images.
Features I would like to see include profile support and map/geo-location. Profile support would be handy for sharing PS with friends and family. They should have view only access at least for the site and ideally by album or other division. Map/geo-location would be nice to show all photos/videos that are geo-tagged on a map.
Other products I am currently evaluating include LibrePhotos, PhotoPrism and PhotoView. On my short list for long term use are PhotoStructure and PhotoPrism.
I really want to like LibrePhotos but performance is slow and the product needs a lot of development before I could consider using it long term. It does have a lot of image metrics that are nicely displayed but my biggest concern is performance.
I really do like PhotoPrism and a delete feature is available if you become a supporter (I did). This product is stable and has good performance. Its UI could use some improvement but overall it is a viable long term contender.
For PhotoView, my strong appeal is for its UI but otherwise it is on the weaker side.
PhotoStructure has a slick UI. Scanning of my photo/video folders has been pretty solid. Aside from adding geo-location and profile support, it seems to tick the majority of my boxes. Search is still a bit confusing. While I can get used to the syntax, I can see this being very awkward if sharing it with family/friends.
Ideally I am looking for a public (i.e.: family and friends) facing option for sharing my photos/videos that I can self-host. Currently I am still planning on hosting with my SmugMug account (I still like their terms and conditions better than any other service I’ve come across) but self-hosting would be ideal for me.
That’s it for now. I am grateful that I came across PS and am duly impressed with the excellent work done so far. Thank you!