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1  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: HFS formatting...or not on: March 19, 2011, 12:23:29 PM
And I"m also seeing posts on various forums that as a NAS drive, the formatting of it doesn't matter.   Just wondering, should I leave well enough alone or for the long term am I better off reformatting this thing?

Frank
2  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / HFS formatting...or not on: March 19, 2011, 09:25:42 AM
Hi,

I just started using Chronosync and am in the middle of my first backup.  I'm backing up to a WD NAS drive that is formatted as it came....suitable for both PC and Mac.  I am running mostly Mac, but it's not impossible (say 40% chance) that I'll also want to connect a PC to the drive at some point.

My question, since I know that a non-HFS won't handle "all" of the metadata associated some some files, is whether I should start over, reformatting the HD with HFS.

I'm running LR -- the main reason for the backup -- but also would use the drive for iTunes and such.

Advice?

Frank
3  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Chronosync + Folder Structure on: March 18, 2011, 08:31:29 PM
Thanks, Bob!  That did the trick.

Frank
4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Chronosync + Folder Structure on: March 17, 2011, 02:05:28 PM
I'm pretty sure that I must be missing something obvious, but I am testing the trial version of Chronosync and want to make sure of this feature before I buy:

In short, I can't seem to find a way to maintain the folder structure from the source folder to the destination drive.

I've done a few tests of folders in the source named, say, Bucket_001.   And set as the destination a test area on another drive. But when I run the backup I expect the first step to be creating Bucket_001 at the destination.   Instead, it is just transferring the files that are within Bucket_001, etc.

What am I missing?

Thanks,
Frank
5  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Upgrade to EM2 on: March 14, 2010, 08:03:01 PM
I had a possibly similar situation, also on a Mac.  I think that EM outsmarted itself with the anti-piracy stuff.  It took a while to solve but here is what I did:
http://thedambook.com/smf/index.php?topic=4582.0

Frank
6  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Displaying keywords as "view option"? on: February 26, 2010, 12:36:27 PM
In either the library or develop grid view, is there really no way to include keywords as one of the info overlays? It seems to be conspicuously missing -- or am I missing it?   Just looking for someway that I can see keywords without always having to click back to mess with the drop downs in the right column?

Thanks,
Frank
7  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Any probs with EM product keys on a Mac? on: February 21, 2010, 08:52:54 PM
Yup!  Although I still can't say I know what a "license store" , the version they gave me works fine.

Frank
8  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Any probs with EM product keys on a Mac? on: February 19, 2010, 08:53:16 PM
FYI - As it turned out, MS tech support was good.  They said that they didn't have a way to "recover the license store" (?) on a Mac so the work around was to a) reinstall the operating system (?!) or b) use a special non-keyed download of EM.  We did the second option and that worked.

Frank

9  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Any probs with EM product keys on a Mac? on: February 15, 2010, 11:19:27 AM
Long story short, I left EM a long time ago but would like to use it now to manage .avi files (not many other options on Mac).  Anyway, I had a valid product license but it is not being recognized (I think a trial upgrade to EM2 a while ago messed it up in some way).   

Now, MS support is trying to help me get my computer to recognize a valid product key and it will not do so.  MS support has been very responsive but we've been back and forth several times and we still can't figure it out:  our latest idea was to delete all EM related files and folders from the computer, install a fresh copy of EM2, and use a BRAND NEW product key supplied by MS tech support(!!)....this was nice of them to do but even that didn't work.

So, I'm wondering if any other EM users on Mac's have come across any weird problems like this with EM product keys.  Perhaps there is something embedded somewhere that we are overlooking. 

I'm on a MacBook Pro running OSX 10.5.8

Thanks,
Frank
10  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: DAM for video files? on: February 09, 2010, 03:01:35 PM
I am also looking for a program that will do DAM for video files (.avi) on a Mac.  (note: iView or EM would be an option but I'm having problems with getting them to honor my old product key for iView and I ain't willing to pay them again).

Any other options out there?

Thanks,
Frank
11  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Future of Expression Media on: February 06, 2010, 10:50:36 AM
I think that the most telling thing is that you can go back on these forums 3+ years and see the same conversation:  ie. complete uncertainty about iView/EM, some expectations that there will be a hopeful announcement sometime soon, nothing really happening.  I think Samuel Beckett already covered this ground....

I use LR for my DAM and it fits the bill.  New version of Bibble might also work, but hard to justify switching systems unless absolutely necessary.....which I think is the main reason folks hang onto to EM.  It's really shocking to look at how they've handled that program over the last few years....

As for me, I would like to use my old version of EM for managing my videos, but one of the EM2 trial versions that I used apparently overwrote my license or something and now the license I have won't work.  And there seems to be no way to penetrate the EM people to fix that, so I gave up a while ago.

From where I sit, it seems that MS is treating EM like that old storage room that everyone has at their company:  tons of stuff in there -- from three ring hole punches, to files from people who retired, to systems furniture parts that don't fit anything; some is valuable and some is obsolete but noone wants to throw it out and noone will make the effort to go through the closet and sort it all out.

Take that with a grain of salt, since I stopped paying attention to the details on EM a while ago, but this "is there a future to EM" business has been going on for years.  And I think that answers the question.

Frank
12  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: What's wrong with iPhoto on: January 21, 2009, 03:38:39 PM
Another thought:  I think you could also use iPhoto to point to existing folders of photos and -- in that way -- it could serve as a more "user friendly" interface for other family members. 

As for me, I am mostly using Lightroom but I use iPhoto for its excellent photo book capabilities.  I just export the images that I want to a temorary folder and then access them via iPhoto to assemble the book.    When I'm sure I won't need those derivatives again, I delete them and recreate them later if needed.   

 think something similar could work, say, if you had another user in the house who only wanted to view and email or print photos: you could point iPhoto to your DAM library (it's non destructive editing and shouldn't mess anything up) and as long as they didn't make edits there should be no big harddrive hit or other problems.   

Thoughts?

Frank
13  DAM Stuff / Loss and Recovery / Re: Corrupt SD Card on: September 05, 2008, 08:31:48 AM
Just following up on the effort:
In short, the camera shop used several programs but was not able to recover any of the corrupted files.   Very strange as the full file sizes were on the disc, with thumbnails intact (and some images displayed normally, in parts, with odd streaking or color panels in some sections).   Don't know if it was the card, LR, USB cord, or user error.  Not a huge huge loss, but a reminder to reformat to freshen the SD cards after download (and backup).

Thanks all,
Frank
14  DAM Stuff / Loss and Recovery / Recommendation? for PC Recovery Software on: September 05, 2008, 07:47:54 AM
Hi,

Can anyone recommend a good program for data recovery on a PC hardrive that *ALSO RECOVERS* .docs, .pdf, and other data files in addition to image files?

Thanks,
Frank
15  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Rec'd characters for nested keywords? on: August 20, 2008, 05:22:32 AM
I dunno, it seeems pretty simple:   only used for the top tier parent keywords, not down through the nests.   A quick glance at the "collapsed" keyword list shows if there are any keywords that weren't nested (like if "U2" is a top tier parent when it should be under ">Bands"), or if I've accidentally created/misspelled a new parent keyword that I didn't want (llike, "Lanscapes" or something).

Frank

p.s. I like your idea of using smart collections for grouping photos for specific and ongoing purposes -- and can see how that type of filtering might render heirarchal keywording as unnecessary in most cases for me, but I want some sort of (simple) structure that would be easily exportable to another DAM option in the future.
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