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1  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Downloader pro for ingesting my RAW Files does it alter them? on: December 23, 2017, 08:22:10 PM
Greetings all, been a while, I dont if anybody posts here anymore, but will ask anyway.

I recently took a digital photography class, and had to shoot RAW files, so now I have a bunch of them on a memory card of which I would like to download to my hard drive.

I want to keep them unaltered, and I am not sure if any image downloading software will alter them or not? do programs like downloader pro just copy to the hard drive? or does it alter the images in any way? what I would like to do first is to just copy the files without converting or altering, but copy while renaming them.

2  DAM Stuff / Scans and Camera Scans / scanned tif files will not open up on all hard drives on: May 29, 2014, 04:11:12 AM
I recently scanned my college diploma, using my epson perfection scanner, at 600 dpi, with both Adobe RGB 48 bit and sRGB 24 bit, and scanned it as tif files. These raw scans were scanned to my macs internal rotational 500 gb standard hard drive. Both quick look and preview have no problems viewing these files.

I then copied these onto my macs internal 240 gb solid state hard drive and a thumb drive, and tried to view the files with quick look, and preview, and both had trouble opening them, saying the file extension is not supported or the file might be damaged. I have tried changing the file extension name, but this does not help.

my mac has dual solid state and rotational hard drive, running 10.8.5.

I am totally baffled as to what the problem might be, I have scanned a few other certificates like this in the past, with no problems, now suddenly there is. It is frustrating, I do not want to have to rescan but if that is what is needed, I will.

anybody have any idea what might be wrong? I dont want to continue scanning other content if my scanner is bad, but it seems I am facing a time consuming process of trying to find the problem, be it the files themselves or hardware problems.

3  General / General Discussion / Re: switching from jpg to pdf pdf to jpg fro scanned documents on: May 05, 2014, 02:54:07 PM
Opps, for got to sign

4  General / General Discussion / switching from jpg to pdf pdf to jpg fro scanned documents on: May 05, 2014, 02:53:23 PM
I have some scans I made as jpgs, and would like them also in pdf format. I have adobe acrobat professional, where I can add my jpg scans and make a multipage pdf.

Adobe acorbat pro also can make jpgs and tifs from pdf scans.

Is there any quality loss or change when going from one to another? what about file sizes going from one format to another?

which is better to begin scanning in? pdfs & then make jpgs if needed with adobe? or jpgs 1st & then add them into acrobat for pdfs?

Would there be much difference in quality or size if I made pdf files from my jpg scans in acrobat? how would this compare to scanning the pages again as pdfs? this would be more time consuming, and it would be more convenient to just take the jpgs into acrobat and make jpgs from them.

I would also like to know if there would be much difference if I scan pages 1st as pdfs and make jpgs from them with acrobat? vs scanning the pages separately again as jpgs?

5  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: JBOD box for 2011 Macbook Pro on: June 17, 2013, 11:55:14 PM
I too, have been dealing with this issue with my 2011 mac mini, has thunderbolt & firewire, I found a way to use JOBD with the the laCie esata thunderbolt hub, it took some tinkering, & the enclosure I have been using is just a 2 bay, it is a Firmtek Seritek 2EN2, it works with the lacie hub. I have it all connected via a thunderbolt cable to my mac mini.The seritek so far has worked, and they sell extra power supplies and other accessories. It is hot swappable, with metal basket like trays that can be removed, and hard drives swapped in and out.

There is a website called barefeets reveiw, where the lacie esata hub is reviewed, and there is a list of conformed enclosures that work with the hub, most are RAID enclosures, but the seritek I have allows one to use it as JBOD.

Hope this is some help
6  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / firewire card readers with adapters vs USB card readers on: June 29, 2012, 12:37:18 AM
does anybody use firewire card readers? & can they suggest a good one?

through some internet research, it seems they are for downloading alot of images quickly.

Also, is firewire 400 much or any faster than USB 2.0 or 3.0? can anybody tell me their experience with either? as I am debating whether to get myself a firewire card reader. I like firewire 800 as this seems the fastest but is a bit more expensive.

since I have SD cards & Sony memory sticks I would get compact flash adapters for these & use them in the firewire card reader. Would this be a good strategy? or am I better off just staying with USB?

For those who use firewire card readers, for speediness of downloading, do you just download everything off the card 1st, & then add metadata such as keywords, author etc after downloading?

or do you add the metadata to sets of images in the metadata fields of your ingester software & then download.

I ask because i would think that if one adds the metadata to sets of images as they are downloading instead of just downloading 1st & then dong metadata after, would this slow down the downloading process & thus almost defeat the purpose of a fast firewire card reader?

7  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / After I have done backups between 2 hard drives, I find things missing on: June 14, 2012, 03:20:51 PM
I have 2; 2 terabyte western digital hard drives that I use to store all my music content on, including an itunes library.

I have albums ripped in flac, & in mp3. I also scan my album art & have separate folders for these scans.

my hard drives are labeled; MUSIC 2TB-A, & the backup is MUSIC 2TB-B.

I have been using disc utility on my mac to do the backup. In the restore tab, I drag the music drive A into the source space, & the music drive B into the target space.

I choose erase destination & replace with contents of A, except for what is only on B or something like this.

I have been going through scanning & ripping all my audio Cd's, & updating/browsing my drive A & I am finding that albums that I ripped & remember scanning album art, is missing, I either find the ripped album, & missing the scan, or I have the scans but am missing the album. It is odd because before I did my last backup of drive A to B, I remember seeing the missing items that were on drive A. And after that backup, they are gone.

Either way, it is getting a bit tedious in that I am gong back & redoing things, & I do distinctly remember scanning or ripping the albums, where things are missing.

I am also or try to be careful about what I delete.

Is there something or setting that I am not getting? maybe i need to do a complete format & erase of the B music drive each time before I back it up/copy with music drive A contents to start fresh?

so far, I just did the format of drive B the 1st time I connected it to disk utility, & all the subsequent backups I have done to it (for each time I add more to the A drive) I have used the restore function to copy. I have not done an erase or format 1st before I connect & restore/copy drive A onto drive B.

Is there a fairly simple way I can do a backup between hard drives on either a mac or PC, & be sure that drive B is exactly like drive A, so I do not go back browsing drive A to find things missing?

8  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Originals & derivitives on the same hard drive? on: June 09, 2012, 04:26:07 PM
I also forgot to mention the formatting, I would prefer for all my hard drives to be able to plug into both mac & PC, all my drives are in FAT 32, but I realize there is the file limit of 4gb on FAT32, & so I have my movies at NTFS, I connect it to my mac using a 3rd party driver, NTFS for mac.

9  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Originals & derivitives on the same hard drive? on: June 09, 2012, 04:20:14 PM
I saw this post by another poster, & tried to do a reply, but I got a warning saying that it is over 120 days old, & if I want a response I should start a new thread, so here I go.

So far, I have had my hard drives set up;

A 2tb hard drive with both originals & derivatives, with the derivatives consisting of edited photos, text documents, & documents/photos of my art.

Another 2tb hard drive with all my music on it, albums ripped in flac, mp3, & album art scans.

A 1tb hard drive with my ripped movie DVD's & scanned DVD cover art.

Is it ok to have originals & derivatives on the same drive? when I looked at this drive in istat pro, it showed up as about 1/4ths full, & so far, I thought it would be more economical for now to keep them on the same drive.

if this is not the best arrangement, any suggestions on how I should arrange my digital content?

10  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Mac and windows apps that can do incremntal backups accurately on: June 08, 2012, 09:32:34 PM
I have 2 alternating external hard drives, in which I have one at home (drive A) & one offsite (drive B), I bring the offsite one home to backup the newer drive A contents to, so far I have used disk utility, on a mac & just copy the whole of hard drive A to hard drive B in an overnight backup, but these backups will take longer as I get more content.

Is there a mac app or windows app that can tell the new files on the home drive A & copy just the new files to the offsite backup drive B? without me gong through disk utility or doing it by hand in finder?

any suggestions for either mac or windows, I work in both platforms. I would also like something that can copy & backup ipod content as well, like my itunes library.

11  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: New computer help on: June 08, 2012, 02:56:20 PM
Yes a dedicated machine would be good, but I dont think it is absolutely needed, it depends on how many people are using it, who wants to use the machine for what at the same time, ie someone wants to check e-mail, while the other wants to download photos, there could be problems, then a separate machine workstation may work better. Are there children in the home who use the computer as well?

12  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / which hard drive for digital generated art, derivitives or Originals on: June 06, 2012, 03:14:10 PM
I know I have posted this question elswhere, but I have had no replies, & thought maybe this area might be better as it concerns which hardware or one of my hard drives that digitally generated art would go in. If no one knows what I am talking about,, I have tried to post a link, to give a better idea, as this seems to be strictly a photography forum, but I think this digital asset management should be expanded to include other digital items.

I recently bought a wacom tablet, & it has been great so far, I have gone to using it in place of my mouse. I have also begun to explore digital sketching in apps like photoshop.

I am beginning to get a collection of these sketches, & would like to know where in the DAM system they fit in, would they go with my originals directory where I keep all my camera originals? or would they go into the derivatives directories? I would like to get a good system in place early, in my DAM, as my digital sketches are just as valuable to me as my paper sketches.

13  General / General Discussion / Digitally generated art, in derivitives or originals? on: June 04, 2012, 05:49:22 PM
I recently bought a wacom tablet, & it has been great so far, I have gone to using it in place of my mouse. I have also begun to explore digital sketching in apps like photoshop.

I am beginning to get a collection of these sketches, & would like to know where in the DAM system they fit in, would they go with my originals directory where I keep all my camera originals? or would they go into the derivatives directories?

14  DAM Stuff / Naming Issues / Re: good naming scheme for scans of family photos on: February 15, 2012, 04:54:48 PM
Yes, somewhat, thanks for the link.

so I would basically use the same file naming scheme as for camera originals from a camera?

so for an old photos that I scan I would use;

my name_Date of the scan_a unique file number_and append it with something like scan?

what should I use for a unique file number? something like if I make scans on 2-7-2012, name each file; Sossity_120207_0001_scan.tiff, Sossity_120207_0002_scan.tiff, & so on for each scan done on 2-7-2012?

what about variations on a particular file? ie a master from a web?

would this work? Sossity_120207_0001_scan_MF for master file? etc?

what about a photo that I scan in which I know who took the photo? would I append their name to the file? along with the date I scanned etc?

15  DAM Stuff / Naming Issues / good naming scheme for scans of family photos on: February 14, 2012, 11:49:34 PM
My mother found a bunch of old photos from the 1940's & 50's.

when I scan these, what would be a good way to name the files?

what is a good way to name scans of photos in which I knew who took the photo?

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