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Andy Schmidt
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2/4/2016
Andy Schmidt
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Andrey Podorozhansky wrote:
I have multiple computers that I use for processing images, and I am trying to figure out if it's possible to just point both computers to the same network share. Also, if I am processing pictures offline, is it enough to copy folders to the network share later...

There may be a few different approaches that could work.
  • StudioLine does have networking ability (and even multi-user capability, with user/group profiles and folder/action permissions, etc.). So, given the correct product, you could have StudioLine installed on more than one computer and have each computer (and even users of different level of ability/responsibility) share a common StudioLine image archive hosted on one of the PCs.
  • Another scenario could be a large external drive that contains the StudioLine image archive. It could be moved and then plugged into your different PCs at different locations. A separate StudioLine installation on each PC could then access the Image Archive on the external drive.
  • As far as the location of ORIGINAL images – StudioLine can certainly import images from cameras, the local disk drive, network shares – and also portable drives. If ever the “path” to an original image were to change (because the drive letter, or the relative position of the root node is reassigned by Windows), StudioLine will prompt for the NEW location (e.g., drive letter, path, etc.) when an image appears to have "gone missing". Then StudioLine will automatically adjust the path information for all other images that used to be in that original location (and its subfolders).

As you can see, there is a lot of flexibility built into the product. We might need to learn more about your specific work flow and the role that the different PCs play in the gathering/creation of pictures and the subsequent asset management to recommend one over the other.

Andrey Podorozhansky wrote:
...is your software driven by a database or is it a file-based management? Basically, is it enough to point to a folder to work with images in it or is there a database that requires files to always be in the same location in order for the management part to work?

The software does use a database to deliver the speed one would expect when dealing with large image archives that might consists of hundreds of thousands of images. However, as explained above that does not at all interfere with your ability to use an image archive on or from multiple PCs.
Yes, the software does need to be "installed" on any PC where you are trying to launch StudioLine, however, the installation is just for the program itself - an image archive (or even several project based image archives) can be attached to or detached from a StudioLine installation as needed.





edited by Andy Schmidt on 2/4/2016
edited by Andy Schmidt on 2/4/2016
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martinebrideau
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4/4/2018
martinebrideau
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Hello

I am currently checking for the purchase of 2 licenses. But I have a problem during my tests of the software. I have my images on an external drive, and I put the database there too. Everything works normally (mots clés (tag)). Then I link my 2nd computer to the same database. All is fine. However, when I close my computer number 1 and return to it, the link to the database no longer works, I must create a new one or select another one.

Is this normal?
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Jürgen Wolz
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4/4/2018
Jürgen Wolz
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Hello,

If your future plans should be to access the same StudioLine data with more than 2 computers at the same time, you might consider to use the StudioLine product StudioLine Photo Pro 4.
Nevertheless, local installations on different computers, accessing the same data on an external device, is possible.
In the StudioLine data path, you can find a subfolder \Log , where StudioLine logs activities in the program.
Would you please zip Folder \Log and send the zipped logs to email address: Support_d@StudioLine.net so that we can inspect the logs.

Best regards,

H&M System Software GmbH
Jürgen Wolz
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Andy Schmidt
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4/5/2018
Andy Schmidt
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martinebrideau wrote:
I have my images on an external drive, and I put the database there too. Everything works normally (mots clés (tag)). Then I link my 2nd computer to the same database. All is fine. However, when I close my computer number 1 and return to it, the link to the database no longer works, I must create a new one or select another one.

Bonjour Martine - can you please be specific what technique you use to "link" the "database" to the TWO computers. Are you physically unplugging one USB drive from one computer, and plugging it into the second PC, and later back to the first?

Or is the external drive connected permanently to ONE of your two computers, but both computers are on a local area network? Then you use Windows networking to set up "network shares" on the second computer to reference the drive letter of the external drive still connected to the first computer?
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martinebrideau
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4/9/2018
martinebrideau
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The two computers are connected to a local network. The images are on another disk on the same network, who is accessible all the time (or most of it). It's also there that I installed the "data" folder of Studioline. I will send you the data path of the LOG by email. (sorry i'm not realy good in english).

- Update : file send by "Wetransfer" 8megs
edited by martinebrideau on 09/04/2018
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Andy Schmidt
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4/9/2018
Andy Schmidt
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martinebrideau wrote:
The two computers are connected to a local network. The images are on another disk on the same network, who is accessible all the time (or most of it). It's also there that I installed the "data" folder of Studioline.


Dear Martine,

You were using two different drive mappings to access the common data from the two networked computer. For network support, each workstation needs to use the same network path (UNC path or mapped drive letter).

If "externally stored" images are being used, they too must be on an identical path accessible by the networked workstations. This issue is best avoided by keeping images stored internally in the central Image Archive.



Best Regards,
Andy
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