Archivist Shopping List

Doing anything well requires good tools! Here is a general suggestion of a “Butcher’s List” for anyone that wants to capture their past! Please note that prices shown are typically “list” pricing. Also, the most expensive options are not listed (eg. the full version of Photoshop vs. Elements or Final Cut vs. iMovie) since this is a list of the basic tools required.

Software Basics

Image Editing

Photoshop Elements $99.95 Elements (Mac or PC)

Media Asset Cataloging

Portfolio Stand-Alone Version $199.95 (Mac or PC)

Video Editing

iMovie, part of the Apple iLife suite – installed on all newer Macs $14.99 (Mac Only)
Apple Store

Adobe Premier $99.99 (Mac or PC)


MacFamily Tree $49.00 (Mac Only)

Family Tree Maker $99.00 (Mac or PC)

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