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1  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: DNG validation hash on: April 07, 2010, 04:33:10 AM
I tested some DNG files straight off my M8 (firmware v2.044)and they don't have the hash. I don't know about the M9 but I'll be checking one out at a dealer soon. Though I probably won't have enough money to buy one for a very long time. Sob Sad
2  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: JPG-->DNG? What's new? on: April 03, 2010, 09:56:39 AM
It's been 5-months since the last reply on this thread. With new Creative Suite coming soon and Lightroom in Beta 2 are there any new developments with regard to embedding JPEG data in DNG files?

3  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Zeroing drives on: March 12, 2010, 02:39:47 PM
I read the DAM book and looked at the site. The suggestion about zeroing drives is a great one. I'm not sure how much it helps but it doesn't cost but a little time to try.

I'm curious where the marking of bad blocks gets performed. Bye the drives internal controller or the OS level disk drivers? In the video on the website it shows the drives being partitioned first and the zeroed. Would it work just as well to zero the drive and then partition?

I'm wondering if each time I repartition a drive if I should repeat the zero procedure.

During the last 3-years my digital photo archive has been hit by a series of misfortunes:
- bugs in Reatropect backup software
- bugs in Aperture (using Lightroom now)
- bugs in SoftRAID (not using at present)
- Seagate 7200.11 firmware bugs
- ExpressCard eSATA drives incompatible with Snow Leopard

Fortunately I'm not aware of having lost more that time to any of these problems but it has made me pretty cautious (or paranoid).


4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: SuperDuper verification on: March 03, 2010, 07:19:57 AM
What about the new Retrospect 8 for Mac? I had a love-hate relationship with the old Retrospect for may years. I hated the awful interface but I loved having those backups.

Retrospect also saved my butt on many occasions.

My copy is way out of date and I want to either upgrade to ChronoSync or Retrospect 8. I don't thing SuperDuper has the features that we need for the DAM workflow.

5  DAM Stuff / Naming Issues / Import numbering schemes on: March 02, 2010, 07:24:01 AM
I'm considering revising my current numbering scheme for images shot after 1.1.2010. In the past I used a system of name_YYMMDD_####. I would batch images and assign the numbers for a whole day at a time using Lightroom's renaming function. The subfolders where I stored the images had a matching name and each held a day's images, frequently that required combining several ingests into one master image folder. That works well when I shoot a lot and ingest regularly.

It hasn't worked well in a couple of cases:
  - my snap-shot camera where I may accumulate a month's worth of images (or more) before ingesting. The date-named files are quite different than the actual image dates or I wind up making extra folders with only a couple of images per folder.
  - when I want to publish or deliver images part of the way through a day's shooting. (i.e. I may unload my Canon and want to publish some of the images right away, later when I unload my Leica then those images may be interspersed in time with the Canon's images but the file naming doesn't clearly reflect this.)
  - because I'm expecting to combine ingests later in the day sometimes I forget to rename since it doesn't get done immediately when the images are added to Lightroom's catalog.
  - when I shoot very different items during the day they wind up sharing the same folder on the hard drive.
  - when shooting crosses the midnight hour then similar images need to be split between folders and the numbering restarts in the middle of a shoot.

Goals for a modified system:
  - shortest possible unique image name (more room for appending derivative info).
  - keep each card ingest together in a single folder forever.
  - allow assigning unique names at the time of import into Lightroom.

I'm pondering using Lightroom's "Import #" token and I can't find much info about it's function from Adobe. Does it go on counting forever? Is there a way to reset the counter or set the starting point. What would happen when I migrate to a new version of Lightroom? I'm thinking about using a series prefix to help overcome some of these possible limitations. For example:
name_SNNN_### (the "S" would be an import series ID, NNN the import number from Lightroom, ### the image number restarting from each import) limitations. Using 3-digits for NNN and ### would give me aprox. 25,000 imports of up to 1,000 images before the system broke. 4- digits NNNN_#### nearly a quarter million imports. Using that system if necessary I could change the series prefix each time I migrated to a new cataloging program and almost certainly never run out of useable import numbers.

I'm sure someone has used a similar system and Peter will point out somethings I haven't considered that makes this system less useful than the name_YYMMDD_#### system.

Any comments/suggestions?


6  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Shareware Applescript released - Import from iView to Aperture on: April 18, 2006, 07:49:20 AM
I have just posted on my website a shareware Applescript for importing items from an iView MediaPro (v3) catalog to an Aperture project.     (EXTRAS page)      (Resources page)

This script by comparison with the excellent "Annoture" script written by Adam Tow ( does not have the pretty java interface. Unlike Annoture my script performs a 100% metadata transfer on import including IPTC Core fields supported by iView and Adobe CS2--mapping these fields to Aperture custom fields: Contact Info (8 fields), Rights Usage Terms, Scene Codes.

My script will also transfer RATINGS which iView shares with CS2 apps to Aperture.

There is a workaround which will also make it possible to quickly recreate iView's CATALOG SETS in Aperture. Download my set of scripts for iView and run the Catalog sets to Keywords script to place iView catalog sets into keywords prior to importing.

I will post other scripts to this forum as I make them available. I will have a reverse export script to go from Aperture to iView in a week. This will solve to nagging problems that I see repeated often on the  Apertures forums:
  1. Embedding metadata into RAW files
  2. Opening files in an External editor which are not in the Adobe 1998 RGB space
  3. Providing full  metadata and color space round trip editing from Aperture to any other program

I am interested in starting a .Mac (or Yahoo) group with other scripters to create shared script libraries and finished apps or automator actions. I will gladly provide my libraries to anyone who wants them and will ultimately (after you all help me squash the bugs) post them online for download.

7  Software Discussions / Scripting / Applescripts for iView MediaPro 3 on: April 15, 2006, 03:14:18 PM
I have just posted a set of 13 Applescripts for iVew MediaPro v3 on my website:

The scripts are shareware and there is also a Bridge metadata plugin included as well as a nice manual. The scripts include a filename to document title script, catalog sets to keyword script, some custom find scripts, annotation and renaming scripts.

I will be interested to hear how these work for other users.

8  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Applescsripts for iVew MediaPro v3 on: April 15, 2006, 03:11:38 PM
I have just posted a set of 13 Applescripts for iVew MediaPro v3 on my website:

The scripts are shareware and there is also a Bridge metadata plugin included as well as a nice manual. The scripts include a filename to document title script, catalog sets to keyword script, some custom find scripts, annotation and renaming scripts.

I will be interested to hear how these work for other users.

9  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / iVMP 3.0.2. breaks Adobe Bridge's metadata panel on: February 17, 2006, 08:25:22 AM
I am seeing a problem in iVMP 3.0.2 where  running Action > Sync Annotations and using  Export Annotations to Original files causes Adobe Bridge's metadata panel to dissapear when viewing the synced files.

The metadata is also not visible in the Image Info utility. However, I can see the recently synced metadata by using Adobe's File Info dialog box.

I originally thought that the metadata was missing from the files and was only present in the catalog but I see now that the metadata is actually there but there seems to be a flaw in the metadata that Bridge's metadata panel--and some other apps--can't parse.

I would be curious what other users are seeing on different systems and with different DAMs or metadata aware programs.

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