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1  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: New ImageIngester versions 3.5.05 for MacOS and 3.5.03 for Windows on: August 30, 2011, 12:04:55 AM
Installed it and ran it yesterday Marc. Not noticed any difference except for the Beta message (using it on Windows), so all seems to be fine. Thanks Marc.

2  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: New ImageIngester versions 3.5.05 for MacOS and 3.5.03 for Windows on: August 26, 2011, 05:36:10 AM
Just D/Ld 3.5.03 for Windows and hope to have a hundred or so CR2 files to test it with on Monday. Will let you know if it throws any wobblies.

3  General / General Discussion / Re: Do I need jpeg on the camera on: August 16, 2011, 05:00:12 AM
Thanks for that John. I was just looking for a little confirmation from the wise that I was doing the right thing. And you're right, it is a pain having both versions to start with. I now have 2 jpeg copies of all my photos. One created on the camera and one during ingestion  Sad
4  General / General Discussion / Do I need jpeg on the camera on: August 15, 2011, 06:21:53 AM
Since I bought my DSLR about a year or so ago, I've been saving each shot as raw (CR2) and jpeg. My main reason for doing this was the inability of Windows 7 to display raw previews. However, now that Microsoft have released their latest codecs which support raw formats, is there any good reason to continue to include the jpeg on the camera?

Thanks for your views.

5  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Expression Media and Windows 7 64 bit on: August 03, 2011, 06:56:51 AM

Microsoft have released a set of codecs for 32- and 64-bit systems. It's at . Covers Canon CR2 as well as most other RAW formats. Don't have it here at present so can't check PSD (Photoshop?). Don't know what PSB files are.

Hope that helps.

6  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Do my custom Web galleries keep me wedded to EM2/Media Pro? on: July 01, 2011, 03:43:32 AM
So, assuming Phase One can fix the damage they did to EM2 with the first release of Media Pro, it looks like I will have to use Media Pro.

Why? What is the problem with EM2/iView that you feel you need to upgrade to Media Pro?

I can understand that at sometime in the future there may come a time when EM2 won't work on your new PC/OS and that an upgrade or change will be needed. But if all is working well at the moment, I'd stick with what works and just keep an eye on the Phase One forum to keep up to date with what is happening with Media Pro. If Phase One find that MP is a dead loss, they'll drop it and you've lost out again by 'upgrading' to MP. If they get it to work reliably and start improving it, then you can consider buying it.

Roger (a happy EM2 user who has no intention of moving to MP untill it's fixed).
7  Software Discussions / Bridge/ Camera Raw / Re: Photo Downloader on: June 21, 2011, 04:44:56 AM

Possible being older than you (I go back to before the IBM PC was invented), I do remeber the macros you talk about, and whilst the Windows version was dropped, there is an alternative called AutoHotKey which will run mouse and keyboard macros. So if you do still want to write system-wide macros, that could be your answer. Whether it will ease wrting macros for Id Imager or EM I have no idea.

8  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Make certain you demo the new Media Pro before paying for an upgrade from EM2 on: May 26, 2011, 12:18:40 PM
Doug, if you want to see the gory details, have a look on the Phase One forum here:

You will have to create an account to get on the forum, but you may find it worth it. Many have.

9  DAM Stuff / Keywords and Controlled Vocabulary / Re: Anybody use CV from on: May 11, 2011, 01:28:17 PM
Thanks for your response and vote of confidence in it Scott. By the term list serve, are you referring to the Yahoo group, or is there another group?


10  DAM Stuff / Keywords and Controlled Vocabulary / Anybody use CV from on: May 07, 2011, 09:34:45 AM
Anybody used to get a CV listing? They offer a sample from their website by request, and I've requested twice and got no reply. I also applied to join their forum, but have had no response in over a week. Does anyone here know if is still really active or has it died and nobody yet taken the site down?

Advice would be appreciated.


11  General / General Discussion / Re: Adding recently discovered images to an existing catalogue on: April 22, 2011, 11:10:56 PM
Overall I think this mess up actually shows the strength of the system rather than any weakness, though I still think it has a long way to go before it can match that old bin bag in the studio for convenience and speed of filing all those film images. It may sound like I am joking but filing, managing and locating images is without doubt more time consuming now than it was in the past. Photographers talk about the various advantages of digital and I agree to an extent, but long lunches at a decent restaurant near the lab somehow seemed much more fun than key wording, converting to DNG, processing and making backups. 

Hi Ashley,

I agree with the time comments, but isn't that as much to do with the number of shots we make now? In the days of film, every shot cost money. Sure you could do contact sheets, but they didn't show the detail to make a decision on the best shot, whereas now we can bang off 100 shots, look at them in Photoshop, find the one(s) most likely to provide the best result, tweak it and print or display on the web. Much cheaper in money terms, much more expensive in time, probably spending more time reviewing and cataloguing pictures which ultimately get discarded than used to be spent in the darkroom.

As an amateur, I've probably taken more digital pictures in the past 5 years than I took on film in the previous 30. Like your system, they are all neatly named and catalogued, but in the next few months the numbering system is going to get all screwed up when I start scanning some of my old film. But I see that as just another stage in the process. Smiley

12  General / General Discussion / Re: Adding recently discovered images to an existing catalogue on: April 21, 2011, 01:59:11 PM
I love seeing posts like this, because it just goes to emphasise my belief that no matter how good the system all it takes is 1 human to screw it all up. And I hope you take that in the very good natured way it was intended. All I can suggest is live with it. In the end, what matters is how good the cataloguing system is. If your cataloguing system can find the photographs you want using criteria held in the catalog (year taken, peoplin in the shot, locatation, whatever), just add them to the catalog, using whatever naming convention you currently use, and add the metadata to the catalog. If you are using a good cataloguing system, the filenames for your pictures don't matter. You're the only one who cares about that.

The only downside I see is that you will probably have to rely on the catalog to find the filename and hence the backup DVD it's stored on if you ever need to go to the archive for a picture. I am assuming that the DVDs are for archive and/or backup only, and that all your pictures are available on a directly accessible drive.

13  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: Listing of Place Names from GPS Data on: March 11, 2011, 06:08:39 AM

My question to you is "where's the harm in using "meaningful" filenames?"

Absolutely nothing, but there are problems searching by filename content. 2 that come to mind, a filename has a limited length, hence a limit to the keywords you can put in there. Secondly, filenames are typed, and so susceptible to spelling errors (please don't take that personally, I always blame the keyboard). Using a catalogueing system, I use Expression Media*, and keywords can be selected from a dropdown list. At least that way, if you spelt the keyword wrong the first time you used it, it's always spelt wrong. At least it's consistent.

Looking at your posts, your collection seems to run into tens of thousands of photographs. Do yourself a favour and invest in a catalogueing system. Apart from the advantages of using a purpose built piece of software, like using keywords, it will speed up your workflow, leaving you more time to earn money to cover the cost of your software, or take some more photos.

* Other media catalogueing systems are available

14  General / General Discussion / Re: Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet for Win XP on: February 21, 2011, 05:40:31 AM
Chris, if you go to Control Panel, Color Management, does that provide what you're looking for?

15  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: ImageIngester Version 3.5.01 for Windows supports PTP on: January 11, 2011, 01:40:26 PM
Thanks Marc.

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