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16  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 11, 2011, 06:15:40 AM
The changes are smaller than suddenly offering support where there was none before. But they are good, important little changes, and mainly about writing , not reading.

In the past, Action > Extract Metadata generated sidecars in iView/ExMedia but you had to choose a single folder - which is pretty useless if your images may be from many folders. There was also the more helpful Sync command, but it wrote metadata directly inside the NEF.

Now, Sync also offers the choice of XMP sidecar, so for those who do not want to write directly into a raw file, it's easier to save metadata from MediaPro so C1 will read it. In the case of NX2, though, I didn't think it read sidecars.


Thanks, John. I'm not sure I understand everything in your answer (I'm not as technically experienced as you) but I assume the short answer is "Don't worry, your NEFs will still work the same way and Media Pro doesn't generate them automatically. Side cars are only option if you want them." Is that correct?

But I'm am now troubled/confused by a post on the Phase One Media Pro discussion board. Apparently, Media Pro has dropped manufacturer support, and thus ignores the modifications made to NEF files with Nikon Capture NX. If manufacturer support is not restored, I will not purchase the upgrade.

I fear that Phase One are using Media Pro to force users to buy Capture One.

17  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: iView -> EM -> and Now Media Pro! on: May 11, 2011, 05:38:07 AM
I'm confused about XMP side cars and the implications for my Nikon NEF files...

Does "XMP support" mean simply that Media Pro will read existing XMP files for image editors that use them?
Or will Media Pro generate a side car file for all of my catalogued NEFs?
If I edit a NEF in Capture NX 2, will there then be two out-of-sync locations of XMP information (the side car and the NEF file itself)? Which takes precedence?
18  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Amateur/budget photo organizer software options on: May 10, 2011, 07:12:54 AM
While researching various "budget" or amateur photo organizing software packages, I stumbled upon this list:

Rank - Name

1 Ulead Photo Explorer
2 Corel Photo Album 7
3 ACDSee
4 CompuPic
5 Imatch
6 ThumbsPlus
7 PicaJet
8 Smart Pix Manager
9 Systweak Photo Album
10 PixFiler
11 Photo Organizer


I had never heard of many of these programs. Does the popularity ranking list seem accurate?

Note: I'm not advocating these programs for DAM use (I use iView/Expression Media). I'm just curious about the options for folks who don't have extensive DAM needs or don't want to spend much money. (The price range of these programs is $30 to $65.) I assume Picasa and iPhoto might also be on the list if they were sold as retail packages.
19  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: "Move/Copy Annotations" script problem on: January 29, 2011, 09:45:11 AM
Well, I managed to find/modify a John Beardy script that will get the job done. For example,

tell window 1 of application "Expression Media 2"
set MediaItems to selection
repeat with TheMedia in MediaItems
select TheMedia
set transmission of TheMedia to headline of TheMedia
end repeat
select MediaItems
end tell

But does anyone know how to modify the original "Move/Copy Annotations" script to get it to work in EM2? (I believe it was written by Daniel Robillard back in the iView days.) It's a nice script in that you can choose any 'copy' and 'destination' field.
20  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / "Move/Copy Annotations" script problem on: January 29, 2011, 08:35:20 AM
I recently scanned a large slide archive, entering slide mount info into the Title field. I'd like to use the "Move/Copy Annotations" script to copy the Title field to another field. But when I try this script on one sample image, I get a spinning beach ball for a minute or so, and when the beach ball stops, there are no changes to the annotations. The script I'm using is written for English and French languages and is dated March 21, 2004. I opened it in the script editor and noticed this reference to iView:

property Generic : "tell  window 1 of  application \"iView MediaPro\" to "

The term "Expression Media 2" is also used elsewhere in the script, so I assume the script is OK, but, as an experiment I tried changing this code to:

property Generic : "tell  window 1 of  application \"Expression Media 2\" to "

This version didn't work either (although it got rid of the spinning beach ball).

Any thoughts? Is there a better script available?
21  DAM Stuff / Keywords and Controlled Vocabulary / Re: Catalog sets vs Keywords vs Hierarchical Keywords on: January 15, 2011, 01:21:11 PM
General rules of thumb:

  • Use Keywords (or Hierarchical Keywords) for content-specific tagging.
  • Use Catalog Sets to create usage-specific groups (e.g. for a Web gallery, print, etc.)

There's a good thread on this topic at the official Expression Media forum.
22  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / EM2 Crash "Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS" (Mac) on: November 12, 2010, 03:26:03 PM
[I posted this topic earlier this week on the Phase One forum, but that site doesn't seem to get much traffic, so perhaps someone here can help.]

My Expression Media 2 crashed and generated a report (excerpt below). I've never seen this type of crash before in the 5+ years I've been using EM/iView. I submitted the report to Phase One Technical Support, but they only forwarded the report to their R&D department (with no further advice).

Has anyone else experienced this type of crash? Is it possible to ascertain the cause of the problem from the report log? If so, can the problem be corrected?

Additional info: My catalog file (46 MB) is on my system hard drive while my images (8,600 images, 149 GB total) are on an external Firewire drive (Lacie 1 TB). This split arrangement is relatively new (about 1 month); I previously had everything on my system drive. I use only embedded previews to help keep the catalog small.

Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0

Error Signature:
Date/Time: 2010-11-10 20:16:58 -0600
Application Name: Expression Media 2
Application Bundle ID:
Application Signature: IVW5
Application Version: 2.0.2
Crashed Module Name: QD
Crashed Module Version: unknown
Crashed Module Offset: 0x000098f8
Blame Module Name: QD
Blame Module Version: unknown
Blame Module Offset: 0x000098f8
Application LCID: 0
Extra app info: Reg=English Loc=0x0000

[... thread details omitted...]

Operating System Information
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Build 8S165)
CPU: G5 (970), Number: 2, Speed: 2147 MHz
gestaltPhysicalRAMSize err = 0, result = 2047 MB
gestaltSystemVersion err = 0, result = 0x1049
Screen: 1280 x 1024, depth = 32, ltbr = 0, 0, 1024, 1280

Microsoft Application Information:
Error Reporting UUID: 0FF003E2-5AF1-11DB-B91E-000D935714D4
Time from launch: 4 hours, 32 minutes, 2 seconds
Total errors on this client: 37
23  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: New Mac Pro tower on: November 02, 2010, 11:44:52 AM
Another consideration for Photoshop users still using Photoshop CS2... due to the Rosetta issue, it appears that Mac Pros run Photoshop tasks much more slowly than the older G5:

"SHOOTOUT: Photoshop CS2 vs CS3 beta on High-End Macs"

In other words, to see a Photoshop speed benefit on a Mac Pro (vs. a PowerMac G5), you have to have Photoshop CS3 or higher.
24  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: New Mac Pro tower on: October 25, 2010, 07:56:03 PM
According to the Apple person many applications still do not take advantage of multi-processors.  I did not ask so don't know if Photoshop does or not.  He felt the chip speed was therefore more important than having multi-processors.

But what about the $1200 premium for the 3.33 chip (vs. basic machine)? Did the Apple tech explain why the basic machine's processor is insufficient for your needs?
25  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: New Mac Pro tower on: October 25, 2010, 04:25:58 PM

have a look here:


"And a few rare programs have severe bugs with 12 cores (e.g., Nikon Capture NX2), resulting in 10X (ten times) slower performance (a constant hassle for my photographic work)"

Knowing that saves me both money and aggravation.
26  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: New Mac Pro tower on: October 25, 2010, 10:06:37 AM
I called Apple Business Sales, and the tech recommended the entry level Mac Pro, but with an upgrade to the 3.33GHZ chip (@ $1200).

Interesting. That's the same config as the guy above. Did the Apple tech person explain why the 3.33GHz chip upgrade is recommended? For $1200 (nearly 50% added to the base price), would the chip provide 50% better performance? Seems like we would notice a major boost in performance simply by moving from a G5 to an entry level Mac Pro with decent RAM.
27  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: New Mac Pro tower on: October 24, 2010, 08:06:09 PM
I'm in the same boat as you are, and don't have an answer, but here are a couple of good articles by a guy who made the decision:

It appears he chose the base model ($2500) but paid $1200 to upgrade to a 6-core processor (total $3600). But he also offered this advice to someone else in the comments section of the second article:

"Iíd suggest the 3.2 Quad-Core as a good fit for primarily using Photoshop. If performance is the driving force, then the 3.33 GHz 6-Core is the catís meow."
28  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: use expression media to download photos on: October 10, 2010, 08:25:14 PM

I believe it will do what you want. Check out the File menu:

File > Import Items > Download and Import > From Camera... (or From Disk... or From URL...)

29  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: Iview problems with OS snowleopard 10.6.3 on: May 03, 2010, 08:48:06 PM
Is upgrading to Expression Media 2 an option for you (or at least installing the trial version just to see if it works)?
30  Software Discussions / idImager / Re: Idimager on a Mac on: March 10, 2010, 06:37:43 PM
Finally got my Mac and was able to put IDimager to work [. . . ]



What is your general software workflow on your Mac/VM/Windows setup? In other words, if you catalog your images in IDimager in VM/Windows, what software do you use to open and edit your images? Do you stay entirely in the Windows environment, or do you toggle over to the Mac side for any of your work?

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