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Tropy 1.0 Release

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is pleased to announce the launch of Tropy version 1.0. Tropy is the software that researchers have long-needed to organize and describe the large numbers of photographs they take in archives and libraries of their sources. Tropy is free and open source, and available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Just some of the features Tropy offers:

  • Attach descriptive metadata — such as title, author, date, archive, collection — to your photos individually or in bulk, using customizable templates
  • Organize your photos using tags or lists
  • Merge multiple photos into a single item, to group photos of your multi-page sources
  • Manipulate your photos so you can read them more easily
  • Attach notes or transcriptions to your photos, or to a selection from a photo
  • Create templates that include the information you need to know about your sources
  • Search the descriptive metadata, tags, and notes to find the sources you need
  • Export your items in JSON-LD

Visit Tropy’s extensive documentation to learn how to use the software to describe your research. And please feel free to post questions, problems, and feedback to Tropy’s support forums.

Our thanks to Tropy’s awesome development team:

  • Sylvester Keil, lead developer
  • Johannes Krtek, product designer
  • Kirill Stytsenko, developer
  • Abby Mullen, project manager
  • Jim Safley, metadata consultant

And special thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for funding this project, to our partner institutions for offering feedback, and to our beta users for testing Tropy throughout its development.


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