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1  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / EM2 DNG Metadata Conumdrum on: December 28, 2010, 07:53:52 PM
OK, so I'm using the DNG format for my cataloguing. I have lots of files catalogued in EM2, and I'm in the process of moving to LR3 as a main cataloguing app.

I make sure I have 'synched to original files' in EM2, and most of the changes are now reflected in the LR3 catalogue when I 'Read Metadata from Files', much as you'd expect.

Problem is, some don't update, with no pattern that I can see, maybe 10 percent.

Working on individual files, EM2 Synch shows a quick progress bar so it's doing something. LR3, Bridge and Photo Mechanic do not show/read the changes. EXIFTools shows the XMP metadata being present as expected, it's just not showing in LR3, Bridge and PM. Interestingly PM does not show any metadata at all whilst Bridge and LR3 show the caption and copyright, but that's all.

OK, here's the really odd bit.

If I make any small metadata change to the same file in LR3, and update it (Save metadata to File)  then the EM2 Synch now does work and LR3 etc can subsequently see the correct metadata. It's as though the update from LR3 somehow causes the DNG file to now be able to be updated by EM2. This works everytime. If a file won't synch from EM2 so that the other apps can read it I can fix the problem by making a slight metadata change in LR3, then the synch mysteriously works.

Anyone seen this?


Nick Rains

2  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Re: Bucket Software on: June 01, 2010, 11:11:44 PM
Thanks Peter!

Just FYI, I have a new, slightly more polished version available for download - it's now called 'Bucketeer'.

Let me know at if you want to try it out. I'm finding it really useful in my day-to-day work.

3  DAM Stuff / Software Discussions / Bucket Software on: May 05, 2010, 07:07:05 PM
After trawling the net for something to automate making buckets of a certain size - there are a couple of utilities  for Mac but none for PC that I can find - I decided to make my own. I have made a little application for PC which splits a bigger folder into smaller user-specified sized folders with sequential numbering. If anyone is interested in trying it out I'll send the exe file for you to use.

Just email me at if you want it and I'll send you a link. Any feedback would be appreciated, it should be finished in a day or so.


Nick Rains
Editor, Better Digital Camera Magazine
4  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Find files from List on: March 30, 2009, 04:23:31 PM
I've emailed you an xls file as sent to me by my client.

If you can give me the bare bones of a script I can probably adapt it - it's the syntax and structure that I have problems with, I can usually work out what they do.

I figure it could be quite useful to others to be able to make a selection from a text list of file names. I'm always surprised how many big image companies and publishers have no idea about DAM etc. They all have their own proprietary systems and expect you to work with that no matter how much extra work that means. I send these guys an iView Reader app and catalog - they could have sent me a markup but they sent me this instead!


5  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Find files from List on: March 30, 2009, 03:11:31 PM
I'd really appreciate some help here - I know very little about proper scripting, my efforts so far have been limited to modifying existing xMedia scripts for metadata copying from one field to another.

Like many things, this sort of task is 'very hard' if you don't know how to do it and 'easy' if you do.

I'd be very happy to work out a script that could test a record to see if the file name is contained in a list of words (file name list) and then write some marker to the metadata for later extraction using the usual xMedia functions like 'find'

I am not at the level of coding where those links you kindly referred to actually mean much to me. I dare say, with a bit of time, I could learn them but its also possible it would take longer to do this than to manually work through my list of files.
6  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Find files from List on: March 29, 2009, 09:25:43 PM

Does anyone know how to select or find files in an xMedia database from a text or spreadsheet list?

A client has sent me a big list of images that they want, but listed as a spreadsheet. It seems to me that there should be some way to do a Find/Select based on matching a file name to those in that list - ie Find = True IF string is contained in text file. I can easily export a comma-delimted txt file from the spreadsheet, I just need some way to match the image file names to names in the list.

Any ideas?

Nick Rains
7  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: DNG Rotation on: April 14, 2006, 12:13:23 AM
OK, so it wasn't just me...

Thanks John, feature request logged.

8  DAM Stuff / DNG / DNG Rotation on: April 13, 2006, 05:28:48 PM

If I change the orientation of a DNG file in IView the change is not reflected when opening the file into ACR. I made the change and Synched Annotations so it should work, and the change does show in the Media Info list for that file.

If I do the same in Bridge, it works fine.

Any idea why it does not seem to work in IView?

(Also posted on RG)

Nick Rains
9  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: How to access DNG Preview jpg? on: April 11, 2006, 03:54:35 PM

I don't mean that IView is not powerful, it most certainly is, it's just that IMatch is more powerful.

There so many more functions, options, scripts, templates in IMatch but I think that they tend to confuse the user. And the interface is super-cluttered as well. I found IMatch very easy to use at a low level and it generates thumbs pretty fast, but to use it 'seriously' is less easy than IView3.

I am very familiar with IView and for my money it has the right mix of power and useability.

10  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: How to access DNG Preview jpg? on: April 11, 2006, 03:19:22 AM
Though I have yet to check this is so, I believe the newest iteration of IMatch can also access DNG embedded previews. Certainly Mario Westphal was intending including this but I think the DNG support in the program is outsourced.

Maybe others can confirm this new feature...

I used to use IMatch, when IView was less advanced. However I now use IView3 and now find it more intuitive, if less powerful.

11  DAM Stuff / DNG / Re: DNG is not the answer - Stuart Nixon article on: April 11, 2006, 03:06:52 AM
All valid concerns but there is a way to have you cake and eat it.

Why not simply deep archive a set of original RAW files to DVD and work with the derived DNGs in other parts of the workflow/archive?

I archive everything in original formats to offline storage and keep the DNGs fully catalogued, online and backed up. There seems no real advantage to deep archiving DNGs over RAWs (as long as the file names are synchronised, which is not hard).

All the workflow advantages of DNG are very real, in fact I think crucial, but not having accurate previews of original offline RAWs does not seem a big drawback.

Incidently Peter, your book arrived today - hence my visit to this forum. Very well done, great book, and keep spreading the word! I was gratified to see that the filing/archiving system I have developed for my own work over the past year is actually surprisingly similar to yours, just less detailed. It was gratifying to have my own conclusions confirmed by the acknowledged 'bible' on the DAM subject.


Nick Rains
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