I'm an amateur photographer, and have over the course of several years managed to accumulate somewhere in the neighborhood of a terabyte of photographs.
I've got a little personal linux server running on my home network with loads of storage.
What I need is a FAST way to search through the images, browsing thumbnails, etc. Currently they're all just in timestamped folders with meaningful names (the folders have meaningful names; the images themselves do not). It's impossibly slow to browse through them directly on the NAS, because in order to generate the thumbnail, my laptops (windows and mac both) need to download the whole image first.
It seems to me the ideal solution would be some kind of web-based solution, making my photos searchable by date, containing folder, and/or other characteristics, which would automatically generate thumbnails, so I could do the searching/browsing etc in a web browser.
One potential concern is that I shoot a lot of RAW, so I need to support NEFs (Nikon raw files)... I believe ImageMagick does that now, which would hopefully make it more likely a web-based tool can handle them.
Anyway: Does such a tool already exist? Is there a straightforward way to adapt an existing tool by, say, running a cron job to create thumbnails of images that don't already have them, etc? Or perhaps there's some way of doing this I haven't thought of at all.