I have yet to look at the images on a color display. I found a slightly newer copy of PhotoFlash online, but I'm having trouble getting it onto the PB1400 and running. I'm thinking I will have to do the decompression on the 180.
This has turned into quite the adventure and I have become abundantly aware of exactly how much I should just have pulled out the 840av to do this.
I got it set up and running on the 180 with the version of PhotoFlash that came on the diskettes (which I need to image, to make this easier.) The way you pull images off the camera is pretty novel, you open a control panel (which can also set the date/time and name the camera) and click on connect. The camera then shows up on your desktop.
I'm presuming, although I can't find it written anywhere, that Apple wanted you to shoot the camera until it was full, then connect it to a Mac and download all the images at once, giving you a "roll" of images between about 16 (at HQ) and 32 (at SQ) images. Something like this, storage that works the way a Quicktake does, would be a very neat way to have moved files around. A dedicated peripheral that worked like this would be very neat to see, especially since you should be able to fit the driver on a single floppy.
PhotoFlash is surprisingly robust. You can use it to view images and set captions, which you can search through later. There is no dedicated space for keywords, but there does not appear to be a limit on the length of the caption field, so you could put both in there. You can also use it to rename files.
It will also bulk resize (although, it won't do workflows quite as complicated as, say, open all these images one at a time, resize them, save them in this new directory, and then close them, at least not with what's bundled). You can export individual images in other formats -- I'm thinking honestly PhotoFlash might be most useful for catalogging screenshots of vintage Macs and then exporting PICT files as JPEG files. It should make it slightly easier not to have to use graphicconverter on a new Mac.
PhotoFlash can also do selection and help you do things like remove backgrounds without needing to go all the way into Photoshop or another drawing application, which is nice, and it appears to be able to control the quicktake. Now, the bummer there is that it doesn't appear to include a script that actually downloads the image that was taken into the Mac, or directly downloads it into a particular folder. I'm sure cameras like these got used (either on purpose or by happy discovery) for things like creating ID card images.
I have yet to be able to view the images that come out of the QuickTake, but I don't think I'll be particularly surprised by it, and I'm under no false impressions that this thing is out to compete with the likes of, well, anything else from the past 15 or so years. It's neat to be able to do this, and a digital camera was always something I wanted back in the day, but quicktakes, along with all other aging-but-still-good peripherals in the "ADB, Serial, DB-15, and SCSI" era of beige modular Macintoshes got kept and moved from one computer to the other all the time. Good monitors, storage, and cameras and other peripherals were always harder for me to find and more expensive than the Macs themselves were.
All of this kind of makes me want to get a QuickTake 200. By all accounts, it's not actually that much better as a camera, but with more space and removable SmartMedia storage, it should be much easier to use. It also supports neat things such as composite video output, which means that one could stand in if you needed quicktime conferencing kit functionality, or to record a short video clip on an A/V Mac.
One other thing: The battery life on the quicktake appears to be horrifyingly bad. I don't know if it's just that the 3-position battery meter is incredibly insensitive, or if I kept it running connected to the Mac for too long, but the batteries appear to last about as long as it takes to shoot the camera full.
Perhaps hilariously, all of this mostly means that I definitely need to get a Netatalk2 or ASIP5/6 server running, so I can better preserve this data. I can move data extremely inconveniently from the PB1400 to my Mac using a CF card, but it would be much better to be able to connect them both to a file server. Perhaps I should step up the urgency on buying a big disk and a SATA card for my blue-and-white Power Macintosh G3.
In the mean time, the PowerBook 180 is unstuffing a 100 megabyte file onto the 1400's hard disk (dual boot on the 1400 makes everything harder, but I can't get rid of that 8.5 partition) which is set to take several more hours.