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Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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2/4/2016
Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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Posts: 89
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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