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Doug
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7/11/2014
Doug
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I have backups of all my images and databases from StudioLine files (in different folders) from several old computers I no longer have. How do I properly bring them into my StudioLine program on a new computer so the Description previously associated with each image shows up appropriately in a new image archive on the new computer. Thanks.
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Andy Schmidt
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7/11/2014
Andy Schmidt
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Hi Doug,
An important consideration is HOW (with what tool/method) you made those backups.
If you used some Windows method to copy the "C:\StudioLine...\" data folder (and all its subfolders) to some external disk or other backup medium, then you will have backed up the meta data of your images, such as descriptions, edits, tool settings, which are all stored in a database. In addition your backup would contain any images that you had allowed StudioLine to "copy" and thus store "internally" (a setting in the StudioLine Preferences). The one thing missing would be any images that you kept in "external" locations ("not copy" in the StudioLine Preferences). You would have to also have a backup of those source folders that are external the "C:\StudioLine...\" data folder.
Alternatively, you may have used the backup or export functions within StudioLine to create backups.
Once we can narrow down your precise circumstances I can start giving you proper advice on how to proceed.
You also mentioned that you had backups from "several" old computers. Does that mean you had more than ONE computer, each one with StudioLine installed (either at the same time or at different times) and each one has their own/unique set of images that you NOW finally want to merge all these disjointed image archives into ONE StudioLine instance?
Of course, ideally you would have migrated the previous StudioLine installation to each newer computer in succession, back when, and then add new images to that migrated image archive. This way, you would only have ONE StudioLine image archive to migrate today. If you have not being doing this, then basically you'll finally have to "catch up" all those steps that you skipped.
Without going into all the details already - it will involve "restoring" each old StudioLine image archive (that has unique images) at a time. Then, taking a backup of THAT one data set with the most current StudioLine verison, ideally version 4. Eventually you'll end up with as many "new" StudioLine backups as you had computers in the past. StudioLine version 4 will have a way for you to use those new backups and "import" each set of unique images into one common Image Archive. Again - there will be certain detailed steps involved - but that's the general idea.
StudioLine version 4 would ALSO give you the option to maintain your different StudioLine image archives from different PCs in your NEW PC in separate data folders (one per image archive). You could then choose which data folder (image archive) to work with every time you start StudioLine. Of course, that means your photos would not be "merged" - they'd just be located in the same PC.
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Doug
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7/11/2014
Doug
Doug
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Thanks for the quick response.

The files were copied via Windows. For each of the old computers, I have a separate StudioLine folder containing the following folders: Cache, DataBase, Galleries, ICC, Images, and UI. In the Images folder there are Subfolders labelled Img000x.stg_hm and within each of those subfolders there is a subfolder labelled Pictures with the individual picture files having titles such as iZZZ--1x-1.jpg.

Does this provide information for you to guide me in the next steps? Thanks.
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Andy Schmidt
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7/11/2014
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Doug wrote:
The files were copied via Windows

Okay - that's good to know.
Just to be clear, this means in those sets of folders are all images for which you had permitted StudioLine to "copy" the original photos in the "Image Archive Copy Settings" in the "Preferences" menu:



Any images from sources that were NOT copied into the StudioLine data folder, you would have to have backed up from their specific folder location! If that applies in your case, then I would need to know because there will be certain considerations if those "external" images are restored to different folder locations than where they were on the old PC (StudioLine handles that quite well, but it's something we'd need to keep in the back of our heads).
Doug wrote:
For each of the old computers, I have a separate StudioLine folder

Understood - does that mean you have already copied (restored) those folders back to a common hard drive on the NEW computer? Or are they currently on one or several offline drives from which you intend to restore them at some point?
A few more pieces of info so that I know what options/features you have at your disposal:

  • Is StudioLine currently installed on the new PC?
  • If so, what is the precise product (e.g. StudioLine Photo Classic, StudionLine Photo Basic, ...) and what version and update level (use the Help menu to display the current product and version information).


edited by Andy Schmidt on 7/11/2014
edited by Andy Schmidt on 7/11/2014

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Doug
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7/11/2014
Doug
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Yes they were all copied by StudioLine into the Image Archive files. The original files had names such as DSCNxxx.jpg whereas the images in the StudioLine Images-->pictures breadcrumb all have names such as iZZZ--1x-1.jpg. I don't think I have any cases of needing to re-import original images.


Currently the files are on an external storage device under separate folders from each of the old computers.


I currently have StudioLine Photo Classic 3.70 Plus installed on the new computer. It is Build 3.70.60.0 with a build date of 2013-11-28 10:44:30.


I am open to upgrading to StudioLine 4, if that makes this process simpler.


Thanks.
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Andy Schmidt
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7/11/2014
Andy Schmidt
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Hi, at minimum, I propose that we start with you using the Update function in "Help" to at least get the "final" 3.70.63.0 update to StudioLine V3 from a few weeks ago. If needed, you could also get the full installer here: http://www.studioline.net/EN/upgrade/version-3/
I further assume that your current installation of StudioLine Photo Classic 3 already contains (new) photos you'd like to keep. The "Help" "Version" screen will tell you the location where the "live" StudioLine data is kept. We want to make sure that you do NOT overlay/replace that folder - or accidentally "drag" any of backup files directly into that folder. It wouldn't be a bad idea to first make a backup of THAT folder as well.
You could create a folder "C:\SLrest" which will at some point hold, temporarily AND one at a time, each set of StudioLine folders from your backup, once we get started.
In the "Preferences" menu, does your software have the option "Data Directory Management"? If yes, we are ready to proceed.
If not, then the next steps are very specific to your particular set of files and folders names, which wouldn't be beneficial to other users on this forum. So I'd like to move this from the public forum to a one-on-one. After the upgrade please use the 'Service Request / Technical Support' option in the menu. This will generate a service request, tell us your email address, and also tell us the location of important StudioLine control files. Then I can email you directions that are customized to your StudioLine instance.
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Doug
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7/11/2014
Doug
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OK. Updated.

Current files are c:\StudioLine3 Data\

Backup of this folder made.

C:\SLrest created

Yes, the Data Directory Management option is in my Preferences menu

I will follow the rest of the instructions via the Technical Support option.

Thanks.
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Andy Schmidt
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7/11/2014
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Doug wrote:
Data Directory Management option is in my Preferences menu.

Super - that will make life easier.

Doug wrote:
Current files are c:\StudioLine3 Data\

Good - so that's the default/standard location.


Here's what we'll do:
  • Copy the entire "Gray Dell" "StudioLine 3 Data" folder and it's sub folders to your temporary C:\SLrest.
    This way, we keep your backup as-is, in case we need to start over.
  • You should end up with "C:\SLrest\StudioLine3 Data", and in that folder you should see a file "SLDD.ini" and subfolders like "database", "log", "images", "galleries", "cache", ...
  • Once that's in place, go to the "Preferences" menu in StudioLine and choose Data Directory Management.
  • You will see the path to your current (only) StudioLine data folder.
  • Press the "Attach" button to add an additional StudioLine data folder (kind of a "parallel universe" Image Archive)
  • Press the "Browse" button to navigate to your restored "C:\SLrest\StudioLine 3 Data"
  • When you return to the Data Directory Management screen, you should now see BOTH your data folders. One of then will have a green highlight - indicating the "active" one that StudioLine is working with.
  • You can now click on the restored one in "SLrest" and activate THAT one, then restart StudioLine.
  • If all went well, StudioLine will now show you an image archive with the files and folders that you used to have on the "Gray Dell".
You should navigate around a bit, to make sure you find all the crucial photos that you are anxious to keep. If NOT, then we would stop right here and figure out what's up with that. You can safely use the Data Directory Management screen to toggle back to your "primary/new" StudioLine 3 data folder again and continue using THAT in the meantime.
If all the files are there, it's time for a little experiment so that you become familiar with what your options are!
Go into folder navigation pane (left side) in the image archive and pick a sample folder (possibly one with a subfolder or two) that doesn't have a huge amount of photos. Right click on the folder, and from the context menu choose "Backup Originals to Disk".
StudioLine will "export" a single file for each original photo, plus a standard XMP file with the metadata/settings/edits for each photo, in a Windows folder of your choice (I strongly recommend you use an empty/new folder for that).
Next, use Data Directory Management to toggle back to your primary/new StudioLine data folder and restart.
Now you have to decide where in your "new" StudioLine image archive you want to place those sample images that you just backed up. You can either open Windows Explorer and drag and drop the Windows folder (with all the original files and their XMP files you had just exported) into the folder pane of the StudioLine application window, and drop them onto any folder. Or, you can use the file menu "Backup -> Restore from Backup".
Once those exported "Gray Dell" sample images have been successfully imported to the primary/new StudioLine instance, you check those sample images in StudioLine to see where they ended up - and of course confirm that they all look as you expected.
At this point you should come up with a strategy how, and where you want to import the bulk of your images from the Gray Dell (and later all the other computers). I don't know if you have overlapping folder names, I don't know if you plan to "reorganize" your images into different locations as you import them, etc. Or, maybe initially you just import them all into a distinct folder in the new Image Archive and AFTER they were imported, drag and drop them within StudioLine where you want them.
  • After this test export/import, and after you having come up with some strategy, you would now toggle your Data Directory back to the Gray Dell to go at it "for real"
  • Must likely you would want to export ("backup") all your images to a Windows folder, by using the File menu "Backup to Disk" function (but you could also do individual folder selectively if that suits your strategy better, specially if you know you had a lot of duplicate images on each of your computers)
  • Then toggle the Data Directory back to the "new" StudioLine instance and import "for real".
  • Once finished, detach THAT "C:\SLrest\StudioLine3 Data". By now, all the photos should now be in your "new" image archive - so the restored "Gray Dell" folder is no longer needed.
  • Delete C:\SLrest\StudioLine3 Data" (that should be the now-obsolete Gray Dell backup)
  • Start over - and repeat the entire process with your "Silver Dell" computer (e.g., by copying THE "Silver Dell" "StudioLine3 Data" folder to your C:\SLrest, attach THAT to your StudioLine, activate it, restart, etc.)
Repeat as necessary :-)
edited by Andy Schmidt on 7/11/2014
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