Andy Schmidt

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3/11/2021
Topic:
Printing

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi,

skipperc2013@gmail.com wrote:
I want to print the 1st, 7th, 10th and 17th image all on one page (4 images on a single page). I can't figure out how to select those images.


Anywhere in Microsoft Windows,
  • if you want to select a RANGE of CONSECUTIVE items in a list, you can click on the first item of your choice, press and HOLD DOWN the "Shift" key on your keyboard, and with the key still pressed, click on the last item you want to select.
    All items between the first and last you had clicked are now selected.

  • If, instead, you want to select several NON-ADJACENT items in a list, you click on the first item of your choice, then press and HOLD DOWN the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard, and with that Ctrl key still pressed, click on any other items of your choice.
    (They don't have to be consecutive, so they could be the 1st, 7th, 10th and 17th...)

Hint - if you ever accidentally select MORE items than intended, you can hold down the Ctrl key again, and this time click on that excess item. It will now be DEselected.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-to-select-items-that-are-not-next-to-each-other-8b9c1be9-cca3-935a-7cbf-94403aa48d2e
3/21/2021
Topic:
Bildarchiv freie Ordnerstruktur

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Innerhalb eines Ordners, kann man die Reihenfolge der Bilder entweder automatisch nach verschiedenen Kriterien sortieren lassen, oder auch gerne handsortieren. Diese Reihenfolge wird dann auch beim Exportieren oder Publizieren (z.B. zum MediaCenter) respektiert.

In der Navigationsleiste im Bildarchiv sind die Ordner alphabetisch angeordnet, damit man sie spaeter auch in langen Listen noch wiederfindet. Hier koennte man sich ggf. ein eigenes Ordnungssystem einrichten, indem man ggf. die Folder umbenennt und eine Zahl (05. , 10. , 15. , 20. ,...) oder Buchstaben vorstellt (z.B.: A - Meine Urlaube, B - Meine Autos, C - Meine Familie).
12/30/2021
Topic:
StudioLine SETUP

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
ctaup wrote:
Hello
screen appears with background in black and typed caracters in white

Hi,

You can control the background and font colors for the main pane (the Image Archive), where photo thumbnails are displayed.
Choose any folder (including the "root" Image Archive folder), right-click in the Image Archive pane, and choose Display Options:
4/12/2022
Topic:
MDAC/Jet installation is not working

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Dear Wayne,

It likely means some other third-party software has installed outdated, or "cleaned up" individual, MDAC components, or messed with class definitions in the Windows registry. Unfortunately, since MDAC/Jet (ADE) has become a built-in component in the recent Windows Versions, any "fault" there is no longer a matter of simply reinstalling MDAC - but might resolve itself only after a clean Windows install.

You could check, if your StudioLine Data Folder (e.g. C:\StudioLine4 Data\Log\) does have log files matching today's date and forward those to us via email. There is little we can do, but maybe there's some additional clue or name of a DLL that the log file happens to reveal.
edited by Andy Schmidt on 4/12/2022
6/8/2022
Topic:
System is re-naming my files

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Hi Bill,

I've never known of StudioLine using arbitrary file names such as that.

Our team will be happy to look into this, once we receive a service request (see the Help menu in the software) with the diagnostic log files.

Kindly do the following:

- Start StudioLine.
- Choose two or three photos to demonstrate the problem with, export those "Originals", so that they are exported with a sidecar XMP file. This way we can inspect all the descriptors.
- Then use the Save As process to export.
- Ideally take a screen shot of the Export screen so we can see all the settings chosen.

Once you reproduced the problem, use the Help Menu to submit a Service Request so that we can see the diagnostic logs.
Also, email us the exported Original(s) with XMP files.

Best Regards,
Andy
8/2/2022
Topic:
printing a descriptor below the image

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
To customize the print output, you can choose "Custom Print" or "Print Spooler" and then use the "More Settings" button to access the additional print settings:

8/2/2022
Topic:
printing a descriptor below the image

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
nlbarkman wrote:
how can I print wallet size images with the descriptor below


First gather up all the images you plan to print together (likely more than one will fit on a page?).

#1 In the Print Spooler list select ALL the images (they should all be hilighted).
#2 Set whatever size you want all the images to have
#3 Use the More Settings button to choose which descriptor to print

At this point, all these settings would only apply to the ONE preview image.

#4 Use the "Copy" button to apply those settings to ALL the selected (highlighted) images.


edited by Andy Schmidt on 8/2/2022
8/24/2022
Topic:
Using the "descriptor" function

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Ed wrote:
no help for 80 year old view camera shots.


Not quite. The key is to understand the intended purpose of EXIF vs IPTC descriptors. To simplify, EXIF descriptors are specific to the "technical" digital file - while IPTC are specific of the content/context of a picture.

So, yes, the "date" information of the file, is "fingerprinted" by the hardware that produces the file. Of course, with digital camera hardware, the date and location information of the "file" is usually identical to what's shown on the picture. Unless a user forgot to (re)set their camera's clock, the user travelled to a different time zone, forgot to set daylight saving time, the camera's GPS chip is failing to pick up a signal, etc.
Consequently, for scanned images, it is correct that the Exif date information permanently documents the "creation" date of the digital file - no matter how old the original picture might have been. This way, if a progressively fading photograph is scanned repeatedly over the years with better hardware, etc. the EXIF date will document which one is the "most recently", or the "originally" scanned picture.
It's also correct that most EXIF information is supposed to not be permanent and not open to be "falsified" after the fact, because the information is truly authentic with respect to the technical file.

(Again, I'm simplifying, because EXIF descriptors were expanded so that a hypothetical user could theoretically add titles, categories, copyright, etc. - which is seldomly done while a photographer is clicking away hundreds of times hoping not to miss "the" shot.)

What YOU are trying to do for the museum, is instead describe the content/context of the picture. That's what the IPTC descriptors are specifically for. They are intended for the "post processing" phase of a photo shoot, where photographer sits in front of his computer, sorts through the hundreds of photos taken during an event (or a researcher goes through all the scans), correctly orients each picture, straightens them to the horizon, picks out the "keepers",... and then spends time to properly annotate each one, by adding titles, captions, categories, copyright/photographer source, possibly adding GPS coordinates,...

Ultimately, YES, there IS help for 80-year old shots - but you have to use the descriptor "set" that is INTENDED to document picture CONTENT and not focus on the descriptor set that is intended to fingerprint FILE details.
8/24/2022
Topic:
Using the "descriptor" function

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Ed wrote:
Is it possible to make new descriptors and propagate them by folder.


Yes, StudioLine has NO limit as far as creating your own USER DESCRIPTORS, with their own labels, and you can add whatever content (or automatically include/combine content from other user, system, EXIF or IPTC descriptors).

However, my strong recommendation would be to familiarize yourself with the IPTC descriptors and attempt to use those as much as possible. The reasons is, that the museum, publications, news editors, etc. are more likely to use photo archiving/management and "placement" tools that will LOOK for IPTC descriptors to automatically retrieve the title, captions, date, photographer, location, etc. of a picture.
They would not be able to retrieve that information from your own set of user descriptors.

User descriptors are useful for adding searchable fields that you use to manage your own photo archive inside of StudioLine that might be very specific to your type of application. Then, once you have used your descriptors to select a set of photos, I would "populate" the IPTC descriptors (e.g., by including content from your user descriptors) before "exporting" your photos for use by/sharing with third parties.

And also, YES, you can "propagate them by folder" using three different techniques:

a) You can set up folders for a certain theme (e.g., a certain event/day/location in history). Then you can "preset" descriptors for that folder (e.g., copyright, location, date, title,...) and when you add pictures to that folder, they will all be initialized with your preset folder descriptors.
Now you would just have to touch up individual photos where some of the details are different or should be elaborated on.

b) You can use the "add hoc" ability to copy/apply some or all descriptors from ONE picture in your folder to all others (or a large batch of selected photos) in that folder.

c) The third method is a bit of a mix of both: You create a "form" that combines any number of existing descriptors, you can fill in the descriptors with the information that you want to use for a whole group of pictures. Then, whenever you added pictures, you can choose to "apply" that form (and its content) to all those pictures.
8/24/2022
Topic:
Changing the date created

Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
Administrator
Ed wrote:
Also, where can I view categories?

I already responded to the question of static file-specific descriptors (EXIF) vs. editable content/contextual descriptors (IPTC).
I generally would avoid Windows descriptors for your purpose, as the recipients of your project may not necessarily all be using Windows-based computers.

I also responded on the different techniques (e.g, folder descriptors, ad-hoc applying of identical descriptors to a bulk of other photos, and descriptor "forms") on how reuse the same descriptors for the pictures in a folder.

On the subject of "categories" and "keywords", StudioLine has a number of ways to work with those.
One way to think of categories and keywords, is to think of an "alternate universe" of Folders and Subfolders.
NORMALLY your picture will be located in some subfolder of a subfolder of a subfolder... of some parent folder.

Now, with keywords and categories, you can create two additional "folder trees" that use other "subject" tags - let's say

- Events
-- Birthdays
-- Graduation
---- High School
---- College
---- Graduate School
-- Funerals

In addition to such a nested tree of "event" categories, you can come up with as many different category and keyword trees as are sensible for your project.

Then, when managing the "categories" or "keywords" of a single picture (or a selected group of pictures, even all the pictures in a folder), you can simply "browse" through those categories you had created and TAG them to that picture/those pictures.

Alternately, you can NAVIGATE through your keyword/category trees, click on any one, and you'll see all pictures that have (already) been TAGGED with that particular category/keyword!




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