Andy Schmidt

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11/1/2015
Topic:
Filter pictures according to IPTC Keywords

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
loveforgod wrote:
export the resulting list into a new folder or send by email, etc.

Yes, the example I sent you was for SORTING pictures by any "descriptor" (such as Exif, IPTC, Windows - and your own).

But, StudioLine Photo also has the option to either "Search" by that same criteria or "Filter" by them. That will show all matching images in a "Search Results" context - and from there you have the option to export, print, email, etc. those matching images.

Ever better, you can just set a "processing flag" for the first set of matched images, then continue to search for additional pictures with other criteria, also mark them with a processing flag - and LATER export/print/email, etc. all "marked" images in one big batch.
11/19/2015
Topic:
MANUAL CLEANUP OF DATABASE

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi,

When you refer "db of several hundred gigs", what specifically are you referring to? An actual database file is restricted by Microsoft to be 4 GB - so it could not possibly be "several hundreds" (unless you use a SQL server version of StudioLine for our professional users).

The entire "Database/" subfolder can be larger, because it contains backup copies, transaction logs, journals, and various other transient files that allows StudioLine to recover/rebuild a damaged database after system crashes, program faults, hardware problems, and the like.

Then there is the "/StudioLine Data" main folder that holds your entire Image Archive (including the various subfolders). THAT of course will continue to grow to whatever size needed to securely archive all your original images at the maximum resolution your camera originally produced - but also holds smaller resolution screen-sized and thumbnail-sized versions that are dynamically created and crucial for snappy performance. Some of our pro users and very active semi-professionals have image archives that are many Terabytes (thousands of GB) in size.

In that context it would be crucial to know the "Settings" for your StudioLine Image Archive. Are you storing your originals "internally" by moving them into the image archive, and StudioLine has the only originals? Or are you keeping your originals "externally" where they are NOT copied into the image archive and StudioLine just remembers their location elsewhere on your Windows system.

Now, you mentioned you had "compressed the db" - how exactly did you go about doing THAT? Using some Windows utility, a function within StudioLine, MS Access? Once I understand what you compressed, and how, I have a better idea of what that would accomplish - or not.

If you deleted any pictures within StudioLine, they end up in the "recycling bin", from where they can be recovered. If you want to free disk space, you can EMTPY the recycling bin inside of StudioLine.

What do you consider the "tag structure"? If you are referring to the "image tags" (descriptors) for each image, these are specific to individual images. When you delete these images, that kind of metadata is lost as well. If you want to preserve/backup images and their "image tags" (descriptors), you can export them in StudioLine and restore/import them later or on a different computer. The export will create two files - and image file holding your original image and a "sidecar" (XMP) file holding all the descriptors (whether they originated from the camera or were added by you later).

If with "tag structure" you are referring to your list of "keywords" and "categories", you are able to export those to a text file.

Finally - can you catch us up on what your problem was on the outset that you are trying to solve, and what you are hoping to have accomplished at the end. Maybe you can also describe your you have integrated StudioLine into your image editing/archival/sharing work flow. This way we can figure the best ways to go about it all.

(If your image archive settings keep all your originals "internal" to StudioLine, deleting them would mean a permanent loss - so I imagine that would not be your intention. Instead, if the totality of all your images is reaching the limit of your primary hard disk, it may be time to consider a much larger, possibly external, disk drive accommodate your future growth and the fact that every new camera will likely be capable to producing even larger picture file sizes than the one you had before).

Best Regards,
Andy
edited by Andy Schmidt on 11/19/2015
11/19/2015
Topic:
MANUAL CLEANUP OF DATABASE

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I had multiple(s) of many pics
Not your issue right now - but let me just point out that the image archive has TWO ways to create "copies" of images, that will NOT cause duplication of space. This is helpful whenever you want the same photo to be found in more than one location. In both cases, only a second REFERENCE to the original picture is stored - in one case as a link to whatever current edited state, in the other case before edits.
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I did not see how to export the tag/keyword tree
A screenshot is attached.
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I 'compressed' using the SL menu item 'Compress Database'. I could not see that it did much other than perhaps re-indexing.
Yes, the actual JET (or MS SQL Server) database contains mostly metadata and typically is only a few GB large. Compressing it will not result in major disk space savings - it just optimizes the database engine by creating continuous blocks of free "pages".
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I still would like to understand why the larger part of the 250G is still there
Those are likely preview and thumbnail images that were created dynamically and have not yet "expired".
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
assuming it would reindex itself, whether or not it can be manually deleted.
I admit that I have not investigated this in the program code - partially, because I couldn't guarantee that I might not overlook some logic branch that might be crucial.
Basically, I definitely advise against making ANY changes to ANY files/folder/subfolders inside the "Studioline3 Data" path. While I know for a fact that certain files and/or subfolder contents are indeed dynamically created I cannot rule out that some of those files are cross-referenced in the database. Thus deleting the file from Windows Explorer would result in "orphan" entries in the database and I don't know if and how the program code would account in every possible combination of scenarios - either now or after future program changes.

Therefore, if you are certain to have full backups / exports of all the data, images, keywords, categories, etc. that want, I would rather you rerun setup and choose for StudioLine to create (add) a NEW (parallel) data folder, e.g. "Studioline Data". Then, with the new/empty image archive being the "current" one, import your keywords and categories in there, start importing your pictures, etc.


If anything is missing, you can toggle back to the old image archive, and take more exports.


Once you are satisfied that everything is carrying over perfectly, you can then use the data management options of StudioLine to "detach" the old "StudioLine3 Data" image archive, close StudioLine and then delete that entire folder structure.
edited by Andy Schmidt on 11/19/2015
12/28/2015
Topic:
Where is picture data stored?

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dean wrote:
I am unable to tell if your Photo Basic/Classic 4 incorporates a database to store data about photos? If so, what format is the database in case I want to extract the data for my own purposes?

StudioLine does use standard Microsoft database technology to maintain metadata and other information about the images it manages. However, the database schema is frequently changed, because it is highly optimized for speed and thus neither intended nor conducive for ad-hoc or casual information retrieval.

However, StudioLine does offer exporting sidecar (XMP formatted) files for any selection/batch of images. This self-documenting XML-based format would be a much more suitable input into any kind of interfacing you are thinking about.
12/28/2015
Topic:
Creating a keyword from a descriptor

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Michael,
StudioLine Photo Classic 4 excels in its ability to manage, manipulate and "consume" image Metadata.
Michael wrote:
...another photo management program ... stored keywords in the Exif descriptor's User Comment field

Fortunately, one of the features is the ability to use and/or concatenate information from one meta tag field to populate a different field. Instead of typing static information into a target field, a special "%%fieldname%%" syntax is used to reference another field's content. This will help you correct the problems created by your previously used photo management software.
Michael wrote:
Is there a way to create Studio Line keywords from the contents of the Exif User Comment field

To accomplish the transfer of your keyword information from a non-standard location (like the Exif Comment) into the proper "Keywords" field, you could follow these steps (assuming the images had already been loaded into StudioLine):
1. Create a "Prefilled Form". From the list of descriptors pick your target field "IPTC Keywords". Use the variable "%%EXIF.UserComment%%" when defining content for that field.
For "Copy Rules" choose the option "Preserve prior content..." in case you ever have an image which already has keywords populated.
2. Select any batch of images for which you want to populate the Keywords with the "Comment" data. After clicking a folder in the folder pane, remember that you do have the choice whether you want all the images from any subfolders to also be enumerated - or if you want to see only the images from that one folder (and handle subfolders a different time).
3. Use the "Copy" button of the "Prefilled Form" to apply the form definition to all the selected images. This will place the variable reference "%%EXIF.UserComment%%" in any empty Keywords fields.
4. With those same images (still) selected, locate the IPTC Keywords descriptors in the "Describe" pane (in the right margin). Click the RIGHT mouse button on the "Keywords" title and choose "Resolve Linked Content". This will resolve the variable reference and populate the Keywords field with the Comment data.
Repeat the last three steps for any other folders, as needed.
If you have not yet loaded your images into StudioLine, you could automate the process by pre-setting the variable "%%EXIF.UserComment%%" as the default value for the "Keywords" descriptor for the folder where you will be loading your images into.
Note: If you are keeping your original images "external" to the StudioLine image archive, and want to update the now-populated "Keywords" fields (together with any other Metadata changes you might have made) in those original Windows files, you could use the function "Apply Exif / IPTC / Windows Info to Originals".

edited by Andy Schmidt on 12/28/2015
edited by Andy Schmidt on 12/28/2015
1/10/2016
Topic:
Speicherung

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hallo Herr Kuch,
Michael Kuch wrote:
Wenn ich von einem externen Lesegerät Bilder herunterlade sind diese nur im SL Basic aber nicht auf meiner Festplatte im Explorer. Muss ich etwas anders einstellen

StudioLine hat die Moeglichkeit fuer geladene Bilder das Original in's StudioLine Bildarchiv zu kopieren oder nur "Proxy" Vorschaubilder im Bildarchiv vorzuhalten. Sie koennen das in den Einstellungen im Menue je nach Herkunft entscheiden (siehe beiliegenden Bildschirmauszug).

Im Idealfall wuerden Sie alle Bilder als Originale im StudioLine Bildarchiv speichern und innerhalb von StudioLine mit dessen Explorer, dem TimeLine Betrachter, sowie den diversen Such- und Filtermoeglichkeiten zugreifen. Parallel zu einer ueblichen Organisation in Ordnerhierarchien, koennen Bilder auch nach Aufnahmedatum eingeordnet werden - und zusaetzlich mit Schluesselwort- und Kategoriebaeumen organisiert und zugegriffen werden.
Jegliche Bildbearbeitungen werden vom StudioLine nicht-destruktiv vorgenommen. Das heisst, das Original wird nicht veraendert - und alle Bearbeitungsschritte sind (auch selektiv) jederzeit spaeter wieder zuruecknehmbar. Deswegen legt StudioLine natuerlich keine Bilder im Windows Explorer ab, weil bei einem Zugriff mit Drittsoftware die Bildbearbeitungen (die im StudioLine Bildarchiv vorgenommen wurden) fehlen wuerden, und jegliche Aenderungen am Original durch Drittsoftware "destruktiv" (permanent) wuerden.
Wenn Sie dann spaeter irgendwann mal einzelne Bilder (oder Bildserien) fuer redaktionelle Verwendung, ein Web Projekt, zum Drucken, oder beliebige andere Zwecke verwenden moechten, dann stellen Sie diese einfach im StudioLine Bildarchiv zusammen, und entscheiden fallweise in welcher Groesse, Aufloesung und Qualitaet sie "ausgegeben" werden sollen, mit welchen Namenskonventionen und wohin. Das Tolle ist, Sie koennen bei solch einem "Export" dann fuer oefter vorkommende Verwendungen, Projekte, Empfaenger, etc. einfach unterschiedliche Ausgabeprofile ablegen und bequem beim naechstenmal wiederverwenden.
Die beste Verwendung von StudioLine laesst alle Bilder ins Bildarchiv kopieren, damit der Platz auf Speicherkarten, Kameras, und Mobilgeraeten anschliessend freigegeben werden kann. Wenn irgenwann auch mal alle vorigen Bilddateien von diversen Windows Ordnern in's StudioLine kopiert worden sind, koennten auch diese von den alten Lokationen entfernt werden um Doppelspeicherung zu vermeiden.
Wichtig ist natuerlich, dass Sie den StudioLine 4 Datenorder in Ihre regelmaessige Datensicherung einbeziehen, falls es mal Hardwareprobleme geben sollte.
1/14/2016
Topic:
AUTOMATION - Rename - Advanced

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Wayne,

thanks for your feedback on StudioLine's Load Assistant. I understand that you are looking for that screen to (at minimum) retain the most recently used options (or, possibly allow for different settings to be saved, similar to the Export features).

We will discuss this internally - and also review the terminology used in the Export screen vs. the Load Assistant for consistency.

Best Regards,
Andy



edited by Andy Schmidt on 1/14/2016
edited by Andy Schmidt on 1/14/2016
1/15/2016
Topic:
AUTOMATION - Rename - Advanced

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
We will definitely look into preserving the advanced settings for a particular input device, which was your original suggestion.

Wayne Hewitt wrote:
It would be great if the type of text manipulation that you can specify for a text overlay on export could be done during import.


When you get back from your travels, please get back to me and walk me through a specific "text manipulation" example of what you are trying to accomplish with the Load Assistant, that currently you can't accomplish with the current prefix/suffix drop down list.

I've looked at the Export and the Import and I thought that the Load Assistant would be much more usable/intuitive for most photographers (not all of whom would be comfortable with "codes" and "variables".
2/2/2016
Topic:
How to Submit Diagnostic Logs for Startup Issues

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Eric Tsang wrote:
StudioLine won't open. Message window indicates an error in SLstarter.

Dear Eric,

In cases where StudioLine does not (or no longer) open, you will find the program's diagnostic logs in the "Logs" subfolder of your StudioLine Data folder that you had created during the installation. A typical location might be:
  • C:\StudioLine4 Data\Logs\ or if freshly installed:
  • C:\Program Data\H&M System Software\StudioLine product name 4\
In the folder, you will notice text files with names similar to this:
  • SLSt(20yy-mm-dd)
where "yy", "mm" and "dd" will be substituted with the year, month and date that the software was started.

Gather up all the files for today's date (or whichever days that the issue occurred) and then send them to us using our free file submission page:

>> Submit Files for Analysis

(MediaCenter.email guarantees trouble-file sending of large files or large amounts of data.)








edited by Andy Schmidt on 2/2/2016
edited by Andy Schmidt on 2/2/2016
2/4/2016
Topic:
Using Multiple Computers

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
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
2/23/2016
Topic:
StudioLine Web fails to load certain page

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Ashok,

I'm sorry to learn about your troubles. The best way for us to investigate the cause would be to submit the StudioLine diagnostic log files to us. Please see this forum post with instructions on where they can be found and how to submit files to us without having to worry about email sizes:


http://talk.studioline.net/topic152-how-to-submit-diagnostic-logs-for-startup-issues.aspx
2/24/2016
Topic:
StudioLine Web fails to load certain page

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Ashok,

can you please confirm that you are unable to start StudioLine AT ALL? Or does the problem only occur after StudioLine has started and when you then try to open a particular web site project and/or a specific page?
2/26/2016
Topic:
StudioLine Web fails to load certain page

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Ashok Gupta wrote:
The problem occurs when I open a specific page of the site.

I'm glad to hear that, after all, the problem is NOT that StudioLine doesn't start, but only occurs when you try to open that one, specific page.

In that case, please remain in the Image Archive, open the StudioLine Explorer, navigate to that particular project and page in the Explorer and use the right mouse button to export that page to a StudioLine file.

If you upload that file we will try to reproduce the problem and then see what we can do about it.
3/4/2016
Topic:
Decide What Image Tags Appear Below Thumbnails

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Tom Harney wrote:
Will StudioLine do this: When viewing thumbnails (many photos at once) display under each photo the "Title" from the photo's EXIF Data, without the need to click on the photo or display its details?
In regular gallery view of the StudioLine Image Archive you can right-click on background to customize which combination of image tags (no matter of Exif, IPTC, Windows or user descriptors) appear directly below each thumbnail. In fact, in StudioLine Photo Classic you can even create a printed output with your choice of image tags printed below each thumbnail, basically an "index" page.


Tom Harney wrote:
And does StudioLine provide for adding and changing the "Title" in the photo's EXIF Data
Yes, all image tags, no matter if Exif, Windows, IPTC, etc, can be updated with StudioLine. There are only a few fields that are explicitly "read only" (such as tags that report the original file name, or the path to original image file on the disk).
7/22/2016
Topic:
3 Wierd Issues

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Bill,

Unfortunately, you didn't mention what product from the StudioLine suite of products, which version and which specific release level you are referring to. You will find that information by starting your software, opening the Help menu and letting us know the product, version and release details from the About screen.

Per example, if you are using StudioLine Photo Classic, Version 4 then please make sure you are using release 4.2.26. If not, use the "Check for Updates" function in the Help menu so that your software is updated to the most current release which very well might contain fixes to related problems that other customers could have reported in previous months.


If your problems still persist in the latest version, then use the Help menu and use the option to submit a "service request". This will include technical diagnostic and log information that will help our development staff to understand the underlying actions of the software as your problems occur.

8/29/2016
Topic:
Creating a keyword from a descriptor

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I am trying to fill EXIF User Comments with a string I have tried this via a pre-filled form - with no results at all
and via inserting the string directly into the descriptors - which only populates the Model and the underscores...

The fact that SOME Exif fields were correctly pulled in implies that the ones that are missing were not the correct names.

You probably typed those Exif field names by hand from the clear text (verbose) field descriptions in your local language. Those are not the "actual" Exif field IDs that you need to use.

When you try to create your User Comments content, use the RIGHT mouse button, and choose "Insert Descriptor" form the context menu. When I did this for all your fields, the resulting string looked like THIS:
%%EXIF.Model%%_
%%EXIF.ExposureProgram%%_
%%EXIF.ISOSpeedRatings%%_
%%EXIF.ExposureTime%%_
%%EXIF.FNumber%%_
%%EXIF.FocalLength%%



As the attached screen shots show, all the values are then populated correctly.


.

edited by Andy Schmidt on 8/29/2016
9/18/2016
Topic:
Software Update fuer AMD Video Adapter crashed!

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Sehr geehrter Herr Pudollek,

Sie haben eine AMD Video Karte und kuerzlich deren neueste Control Panel Software installiert? Eine der AMD Installationsoptionen ist "Gaming Evolved App" mit der Sie AMD erlauben eine alte "kostenlose" Version des "Raptr" Spieles zu installieren - und damit auch diverse Windows Hintergrund-Services, incl. "Play.TV", welches Gaming Sessions aufzeichnen koennen soll.

Leider ist diese Software aber komplett mangelhaft und fuehrt zu Abstuerzen aller moeglichen Windows Applikationen - bei Ihnen zufaellig StudioLine.

Sobald Sie Raptr und Play.TV wieder deinstallieren, und im AMD Installer die "Gaming Evolved App" ABwaehlen (damit's nicht wieder neu installiert wird), und nachdem Sie dann Windows rebooted haben... dann koennen Sie mal pruefen, dass bei Ihrem Program Files und Program Files x86 Plattenverzeichnissen keine "Raptr" und PlayTV Unterverzeichnisse mehr existieren.

DANACH sollte Ihr Windows (und somit auch StudioLine) wieder normal funktionieren.
9/18/2016
Topic:
AMD Video Adapter SW Update Crashes StudioLine

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
NOTICE


A recent update by AMD to its Control Panel Software is known to arbitrarily crash a wide range of Windows applications (including StudioLine).

The reason is the installation option "Gaming Evolved App". This will install an old "free" version of the "Raptr" game, which in turn installs a highly unstable "game session recording" software "Play.TV", which hooks itself into Windows as a background service and then causes intermittent crashes in arbitrary software applications, including StudioLine.

Once you uninstall Raptr and Play.TV, AND uncheck the AMD installation option "Gaming Evolved App", AND subsequently reboot Windows, AND then confirm that neither "Raptr" nor Play.TV" still have subfolders in EITHER your "Program Files" or "Program Files x86" folders, THEN your Windows system should start functioning normal again.

Alternatively you can pursue this matter with AMD tech support for a different resolution.
5/1/2017
Topic:
DESCRIPTOR EXPORT

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Wayne!

With StudioLine, you are able to Export the content (=images) of any image archive folder to your disk drive, optionally including an .XMP "sidecar" file for each image. That XMP file will contain all the metadata (=descriptors) for the specific image, using standard XML. You could choose a minimal picture size and high compression, since you are not actually interested in the picture itself.

Once the XMP data resides on disk, a fairly straight-forward XML transformation application (program or script) would have to be written, that iterates through all the XMP files, extracts any data of interest and then condenses that into one row per picture, likely outputting the result as a CSV file. Spreadsheets software can work with CSV files.

So - yes, what you are looking for can be accomplished, but you will need someone to create some "middleware" that transforms the industry standard XMP files into your proprietary single-file tabular format.
5/3/2017
Topic:
%%xxx%% Variables For Use in Descriptors

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Wayne,

the list of %%....%% placeholders is too extensive, as it covers not just StudioLine system descriptors but also other namespaces, such as Exif, IPTC,...

Instead of having to manually look them up and then hoping to type those long strings in correctly, you simply right-click on any descriptor where you want to include a value of another one, then choose "Insert Descriptor" from the context menu, and pick any descriptor that is of interest.

StudioLine will insert the proper %%...%% placeholder on your behalf:


1234 ..6




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