7 hours ago, Bas wrote
I'm not talking about just search, I'm talking organization and visual discovery just as well. There is no lack of a real visual hierarchy like you suggest. You can tag those pictures as Vacations\Paris and get that same hierarchy you got with the folders. If you tag another set with Vacations\London you can find all your vacation pictures by navigating to the Vacations tag, or just the Paris ones by navigating to Vacations\Paris.
Maybe I'm on meth but there is no understanding of a parent\child relationship with tags. The tag "Vacation\Paris" is no different than then tag "VacationParis". It's a single tag with no hierarchy and no way to visually represent it as one other than a singular category (or folder) of "Vacation\Paris".
I've got all my photo's tagged that way and navigating to the right ones works exactly like navigating the file system. If I want to find my photo's from the Dominican Republic I can open the "events" tag, open the "2009" tag beneath it, then the "vacation" tag beneath that and then the "Dominican Republic" tag beneath that. Exactly like how it would happen if I were using subfolders to organize my photo's instead of tags, beause tags have a proper hierarchy just as folders do.
Is this with Windows Live Photo Gallery? I see no way of establishing such a hierarchy with tags. They're just flat text with no associations to each other.
If you don't want to cluster-f the organization of your photo's, just look at the tag hierarchy and see the system you came up with. It's just as easy to cluster-f the organization of your photos by putting them in folders called "Paris Vacation" or "France Vacation" if you don't look at your folder tree either.
The difference for me is that typically I "tag" photos by entering text as I import them rather than importing or moving them "to" a folder that I see in the folder picker dialog. I can't find a similar experience with tags that help you put things in the right place.