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5/4/2017
Topic:
DESCRIPTOR EXPORT

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Wayne,

you definitely deserve extra credit for thinking out of the box. Of course, it requires someone with a bit of a technical mind, but more importantly, it assumes that the descriptors you are working with are almost strictly alphabetic. Many commonly used special characters that might appear in location or MANY corporate names (such as the Ampersand, or the Forward Slash in dates) would break your scheme. Double-quotes might even appear in names, such as:

Andrew "Stonewall" Jackson

or

Welcome to the "Big Apple"!

Here the list of special characters that would be rejected by Windows if you were to include them in your concatenated file names:
  • < (less than)
  • > (greater than)
  • : (colon)
  • " (double quote)
  • / (forward slash)
  • \ (backslash)
  • | (vertical bar or pipe)
  • ? (question mark)
  • * (asterisk)

Either way, thank for sharing this and I'm glad it happened to work out in your particular case. Maybe it can help another user with a similar limited dataset, but the content restrictions prevent it from being generally applicable.

Best Regards,
Andy
5/5/2017
Topic:
DESCRIPTOR EXPORT

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
unable to convince the Search and Replace to find any argument with a " (double quote) which I had used for 'Inch', or a - (hyphen).

I was able to search and replace for double quote and dash/hyphen without problems - filling out the screen below. Assuming you are using a recent version, I suggest you carefully inspect the screen right before clicking "OK" to be certain that the CORRECT Descriptor (still) appears in "Include" and "Search In" is correct:
Otherwise, you'll have to use the Service Request feature so that you can submit your diagnostic logs to our support team for inspection.

PS:Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I betray my age
Oh... if your earliest memories are MSDOS, then I have you beat by one complete generation of computing technology :-)
edited by Andy Schmidt on 5/5/2017
5/9/2017
Topic:
%%xxx%% Variables For Use in Descriptors

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Wayne,
Wayne Hewitt wrote:
name of the actual folder within the Image Archive

If you export a folder structure, then the name of each subfolder will be maintained in the exported folder structure.

Otherwise you could use "Descriptor Defaults" each time you create a new folder, to populate a certain user descriptor with a unique value for each folder. For already existing folders, you could globally assign all images in that folder that same user descriptor.

Best Regards,
Andy
5/12/2017
Topic:
Is there a Command Line Argument To Exit?

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Wayne,

a proper Windows backup application should be using VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) to handle open file backups. Rather than adding work-arounds to a Windows application (like StudioLine), the proper solution would be to use backup software that employs the features provided by the operating system.

Even if you were to devise some script that submits a "Close" to the StudioLine application window, there would always be the chance that some sort of "prompt" or other currently open modal window might get in way at times.
edited by Andy Schmidt on 5/12/2017
5/12/2017
Topic:
Dynamic menu uses wrong link

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
This issue is specific to publishing the HTML pages to file (DVD) rather than through FTP. In this case, the name for the default document, "default.htm", carried over from the standard publishing profile for this project, instead of from the specific publishing profile.
As a temporary work-around one could temporarily change the setting of the standard publishing profile from "default.htm" to "index.html" prior to publishing the DVD.
Note: The "default document" name in a Publishing Profile is meant to match the setting on the target web server. It would be the job of the web server, to redirect a request for a non-specific HTTP URL (one lacking an explicit document name), to a fully qualified URL (which includes one of the default document names configured for that web site).
As is apparent, the concept of a "default document" doesn't apply with offline viewing, as no web server is involved. In this context, file system requests are always explicitly for a particular file, no matter the name (default.htm, index.html, or any other).

edited by Andy Schmidt on 5/12/2017
edited by Andy Schmidt on 5/12/2017
6/20/2017
Topic:
"Backup" Options for StudioLine Basic

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Kevin,

Some sort of automated/scheduled Windows or third party backup strategy of the StudioLine Data folder is the most practical option. If ever there was any kind of catastrophic (hardware) loss, you would need to restore the StudioLine Data folder, in it's entirety, to some replacement disk and/or PC. This will recover not only the photos and metadata, but also settings and other information gathered up in StudioLine.

Using the StudioLine Export function is ideally suited when merging multiple StudioLine instances from different installations or computers, or as an "ad-hoc" backup of pictures and metadata. Since it cannot be scheduled automatically, it probably is not as useful as a regular backup. Also, the export will not preserve other settings, objects, etc. you may have created.
On the plus side, the export allows for selective restore and allows for the files to be used by other graphics applications. It could certainly come in handy as a supplement to a full folder backup.
edited by Andy Schmidt on 6/20/2017
6/25/2017
Topic:
Where to Store Images and StudioLine Data?

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
But what is the best way to install the program and store my images?
I want to have the use of StudioLine Photo for searching, but to keep the possibility to open the photos in Photoshop and other applications, too.
So I'm considering installing the program on an external drive, have the Image Archive on that same drive, but to store my photos on an internal (or different external) drive (effectively duplicating the images in their own folder but also have them in the Image Archive). Perhaps this is not needed?

In general, the most important thing to plan is your backup strategy for your photos (= the entire “StudioLine Data” folder and subfolders). Wherever you place them, make sure you have the means to back up the content of that device on a regular basis.

Any recommendations would require for us to first have a good understanding YOUR workflow and what YOUR application for photos is. For now let me describe a generic scenario that would make sensible use of the features of StudioLine – and mention a few alternatives, just in case one sounds more like your workflow than others:

  • And event photographer comes back with hundreds of photos. He/she creates a new folder for those images, presets certain descriptive data such as copyright, event geo-location, event theme, etc. Then the photos are loaded into that folder.
    Next, any out-of-focus or other unusable photos are eliminated.

  • Some of the best or most relevant photos are ranked and undergo image edits/enhancements within StudioLine.

  • More specific descriptions are added to identify any objects/subjects.

  • A select series of images is exported for subsequent online publishing. An export “job” with reusable settings is used, that will automatically downsize the images for web usage, will convert them to high-compression (=small file size) JPEG and will add a logo watermark to protect your rights. You can choose to include some descriptor fields as text on the images; you can choose to reveal their geodata, etc.

  • In weeks to come, there might be requests from organizers or participants to acquire some of the photos. You could export those photos as originals and then spend time in PhotoShop to retouch them, remove blemishes, etc. before “selling” them.
  • On occasion there might be a request from one of several magazines that you've worked with in the past. They might have specific picture output requirements (as to file format, file size, no watermark, etc.) The various magazines could have distinct reusable Export jobs that satisfy the distinct requirements for each.

  • A few times a year you might be invited asked to present a slide show/talk. Again you could have a standard output job that prepares an ad-hoc selection of images in size, format and resolution for whatever projector device.

As far as working with images in PhotoShop, that depends on your typical work flow. If there is a small number of “top shots” that undergo extensive “post processing” work in PhotoShop after each “shoot”, then you could consider completing that work first, before ever loading that batch of photos into StudioLine for archival.

If, on the other hand, your typical work involves searching individual or groups of images in your archive sometime later, by whatever criteria, then it might make sense to take that selection of found images, possibly use the built-in abilities of StudioLine as much as possible to align and crop images, and then use the Export function to output those images in the file format and file size for the particular the production “job” to a work folder on Windows. From there you could still use PhotoShop as needed.

Keep in mind that any edits you do in StudioLine are fully reversible at any time, in full or in part, even years later – while edits you perform in other tools will be final. If technology advances in years to come, people sometimes regret having permanently altered the true original – or are confused by some other program having left numerous duplicates of pictures in various sizes, formats and states of edit – increasing the risk that the “wrong” one (the TRUE original) being accidentally deleted!

Yes, there is also the ability to add PhotoShop as a program shortcut to StudioLine, so that you can select images in StudioLine and then launch PhotoShop directly for a particular image. Saving the image in PhotoShop will then permanently update the underlying original photo – if that’s why you want.

As far as location of the StudioLine Data Folder – that’s mostly a matter of how BIG your archive is vs. the space on your available drives. Clearly, if your Windows workstation has a number of suitable internal drives, possible arranged in a RAID array to protect against single disk failure, with 70 or 80% of empty space to allow for a few years of growth – then there’s no reason to use external drives. By the time you run out of space, it might be time to replace the entire workstation.

On the other hand, if your disks are already 60 or 70% full, then you might be better suited with a set of (at least two) huge external drives – the second drive is used by an automated/scheduled Backup application!

The final consideration is whether to allow the Windows files to be “copied” into StudioLine or whether to use “catalogue” (but not copy) them:

  • If you use the “copy” option, then your originals will be maintained inside of the StudioLine Data folder – and once loaded, the source files can be deleted from your Windows folders to make room for more. The advantage is that all your originals are kept in the one StudioLine data folder and no external application will move files around where they might end up getting accidentally deleted years later from some arbitrary subfolder.
    But it also means, you’ll use the StudioLine workflow to “export” images for particular applications as needed.

  • If you do NOT use the “copy” option, then StudioLine will just remember the location of those original images on your Windows folders at the time of loading (and create a screen resolution “cache” version for previewing in StudioLine) – but it has no true best-resolution version of its own (it will always refer to the “external” original as needed). Your work with StudioLine itself will NOT be any different from the “copy” option, but only as long as the original files/folders are not moved, deleted, altered, renamed… in any way.
    This leaves the real potential actions you take in Windows with other applications will cause your data to go “out of synch” with StudioLine (although there IS the ability to “resynch” individual files or entire folders, after they were moved to a different parent folder or disk).

Fortunately, you can change your mind later – “external” images appear with a special status icon and can still be “copied” later – and, of course, “internal” (copied) images can be exported into regular Windows folders at any time…
6/26/2017
Topic:
Where to Store Images and StudioLine Data?

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
When I have a photo in my external photo folder I can catalogue it in StudioLine Photo.
What do I have to do when I edit the photo and store it in the same or other folder, using a new name for the edited photo (the original stays where it was)

If you edit a photo and save it back under the same name, then the pointer in the Image Archive will still be valid. You can use the context menu (right-click) on that one photo in the Image Archive to "Refresh" that "Original" (which, in reality, is no longer the original at all).


If, however, you instead create a new file under a different name and/or location, then that truly IS a DIFFERENT file. You would have to catalogue that one as a new file in StudioLine. (However, in StudioLine you'd be able to "drag" all the metadata (= descriptors) and/or any edits from the "old" image to "new" image, if you like)


If an external image NO LONGER is found at the "old" location (because that picture, or the entire folder, or the entire disk was moved), THEN StudioLine will prompt for the new location at some future time, when it needs to access the original file for any purpose.



My suggestion is that you do NOT use a scheme where you constantly move catalogued ("external") files to new Windows folders or rename them in Window - the chance of error is just too big. Moving files/folders should only be done on the very rare occasion when you change hardware/drives and/or you completely reorganize where your data is stored.
7/25/2017
Topic:
How to Uninstall in Windows 10

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
I can't delete Studioline in W10 at settings. Please help me to remove. How? Greetings René Gosens


You didn't specify what error message or other issue specifically prevented you from accessing the Windows 10 settings. The following screen shot shows how to initiate the uninstall in Windows 10:


edited by Andy Schmidt on 7/25/2017
edited by Andy Schmidt on 7/25/2017
10/3/2017
Topic:
"Backup" Options for StudioLine Basic

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
RhondaDennis wrote:
I had studio like version 2 and just updated to basic 4. In my old program I could backup my studioline on an external drive. ...The only option given is pages instead of images



Hi Rhonda,

please see the attached screen shot. The fact that you see "Pages" tells me that you had switched StudioLine Photo Basic to the "Web" Mode. If you concern is with backing up all the pictures and descriptions, please first switch from "Web" to the "Photo" context.

The, when you open the "File" menu you'll see "Export (Save As)" and it will allow you to select an entire folder/subfolder structure. In the Export screen, I recommend you select the option to backup your original images, and tell StudioLine to inject any generally applicable metadata into our original images, in case you had updated descriptions and such.


And Folders (or the entire Image Archive) export in that way, can later be "imported" back into a StudioLine installation in case you need to recover - or into third party products.
10/3/2017
Topic:
"Backup" Options for StudioLine Basic

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
RhondaDennis wrote:
Why can't I just use the export studioline in the program like before?



Hi Rhonda, the "Export StudioLine" function is specific for any collages, print pages and similar compositions that you created with the "Pages" function of StudioLine. You certainly can use that function as intended: To backup StudioLine "internal" data.

For backing up your standards-compliant photos in a manner that they can be used to restored by StudioLine, or even used by other photo software, you use the "Export Images" or "Export Folders" function of the file menu. You can also right-click a subfolder (or the root folder) in the folder pane to access the "Export" function from there, or even by right-clicking an individual photo in the image archive.
1/13/2018
Topic:
Slide Show

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Christer - if the problem happened today, kindly use the "Help" Menu in the software and choose "Service Request" to send us the software's diagnostic logs that go with your incident. This way our development team will know more about which information the software obtains from your system and how it determines what screen offsets are available.
1/14/2018
Topic:
Slide Show

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
ChristerT wrote:
"Request Technical Support" from Help menu.


Thank you Christer, your technical services request has been received and the development staff will review during the week and be in touch directly regarding any feedback they have or in case of additional questions.

To set them off on the right path, can you please already clarify a few things:

a) You mention specifically the "slide show" feature. Does that imply that you are able to successfully move OTHER StudioLine Windows/Panels from the built-in laptop monitor to the external monitor? If so, can you name a few samples.
In other words, is the situation that StudioLine GENERALLY allows you to use the second monitor, but (as far as you can tell) the problem is limited to ONLY the slide show?

b) Here is the display adapter, monitor information and screen resolution (width/height in pixels) that StudioLine enumerated from the information supplied by Windows. Can you please advise if there are any differences with respect to the ACTUAL monitors, the screen resolution capability vs. what you have configured as the actual/current screen resolution in Windows?

VideoAdapter 1
Name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 620
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Colors: 4294967296
Refreshrate: 60hz
RAM: 1073741824b
DriverDate: 20170201000000.000000-000
DriverVersion: 21.20.16.4599
VideoProcessor: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
horiz DPI 144 vert DPI 144
Monitors: 5760 x 1620
(on 2 monitors)
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edited by Andy Schmidt on 1/14/2018
2/5/2018
Topic:
Keyword creation "Error"

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear ChristerT,

After the crash occurred, please restart StudioLine, and then use the "Help" menu and choose the option to send contact Customer Service with a technical service request. The service request will submit diagnostic log files to our product development team who will then be able to investigate the issue in more detail.
2/5/2018
Topic:
Error on backup

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear ChristerT,

This is another abnormal program termination. Again, I suggest you submit proper Customer Service Requests to us, using the software's "Help" menu. Make sure that you include the diagnostic log files for the day that the error occurred (e.g., from "some" days ago, in this case).
edited by Andy Schmidt on 2/5/2018
4/5/2018
Topic:
Using Multiple Computers

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
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?
4/9/2018
Topic:
Using Multiple Computers

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
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
4/24/2018
Topic:
Help for newbe

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Russell,

you can find the StudioLine Basic manual here:
http://help.studioline.net/basic/start

In addition, there are some workshops to walk a user through specialized subjects:
http://www.studioline.net/en/products/workshops-photo-basic/default.htm

Best Regards,
Andy
11/11/2018
Topic:
Annotate within Studioline?

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Bill,

if by "annotate" you mean add captions, titles, descriptions - then yes, you can do that with StudioLine using input devices that are interpreted as text by Windows. StudioLine does have two different ways how any of the text fields (even in combination) could be superimposed onto an output picture, if that's what you would like to happen.

If by "annotate" you mean marking up the picture itself, by drawing directly onto it, then "No", StudioLine does not have a bitmap editing/drawing app.

However, StudioLine CAN interface directly with external applications (such as drawing applications). You can create "program shortcuts", so that you can launch third party applications directly from a chosen photo inside StudioLine, and have the updated photo saved back directly into the image archive. Maybe that is the process you are looking for:
http://help.studioline.net/classic/image_editing
scroll down to chapter on "Editing with Third-Party Applications".

(Basically, right-click on the image in the StudioLine image archive, choose "Open With" and there will be options to create shortcuts to your favorite external third party applications).

Best Regards,
Andy
11/12/2018
Topic:
Annotate within Studioline?

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Bill Doyle wrote:
I often need to annotate photos. To do this I export a photo in desired resolution to a folder, then import from an annotation application... cumbersome.



PS - it might be helpful if you sent me (privately) a series of annotated ("after") pictures, that is representative for a typical batch of work you commonly do. This way, we can better understand what the end-result is supposed to look like and whether a shortcut to your external application is the best way to go, or whether this can be accomplished with watermarks, collages or other built-in StudioLine features.

If you like, you can avoid email limitations of picture sizes/volume by using our free:
https://MediaCenter.email




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