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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={65A8FE77-A326-4E57-A190-729A395AE01B}&name=Steven+Rickards
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  1. Thanks John, I shall revisit. my notes from testing last year had issues, but I need to ask support and see if they have answers :- Primitive, cant see watch folders, need to ask. It asks for select folder as contact sheet when launches but having done so, where is this next time ? Sharpness same as Pshop...CR2.. no, its quite bad . Custom Keyword fields as in Portfolio such as TownsVillages, EmotionTerms, Animals, can't see a way. Keyword panel...cant see one at all. Search on Keyword, need to ask as video shows it needing to be typed in, and as such it could differ from what was used. Assigning KW's video on youtube looked very good. BoBman
  2. Hi, No one has suggested a prog yet that can import an Extensis Portfolio catalog. How have ex Portfolio users coped, what are you using now and how did you get the thousands of Images cataloged in Portfolio into the software ? BoBman
  3. Cheers, I was importing photos that had not been keyworded though, from camera, or sourced originally from internet etc. Then after applying some keywords I couldnt see a way of searching on images in my test folders with those. BoBman.
  4. Hi, I will dl the latest and retest. Thumbs was slow compared to others tested., I presume they are all doing the same thing though. Failure to thumb the CR2 files was not met by the other progs tested, they all had access to what coding they come with and what Msoft had on my PC at the time. All tested same week. I would prefer to have my keywords sets in the program rather than hop in and out minimise maximise or whatever to get to them. I also couldnt see a way of searching on keywords I had allocated to images e.g dog in Ferrari in London so select from animals set dog, from Cities London and from cars Ferrari. I simply couldnt even see a way of selecting a keyword from even a massive single keyword list and searching for images with it. Pretty fundamental that ! crucial to use the keyword from the list to ensure correct spelling or term used etc. If the keywords dont even exist in the prog but in e.g. postit notes type prog how will I search on keywords, as progs have it that by clicking on a keyword images with that are displayed. I do want to see the images displayed by the prog same as they appear in photoshop raw converter to decide if an image is useable etc. I am cataloging pre-processed images, so as to later on be able to find images, compare then decide which one to use. I dont want to have to open each one up in photoshop to see if its any good. With Photosupreme it matches the original image, ditto Extensis Portfolio. If its more jaded than the original image that was taken with AdobeRGB1998 on the camera, and viewed in pshop also set to AdobeRGB1998 (which is the profile to use for photography) my thought was maybe iMatch uses sRGB which will give lesser quality colour images. Progs in a workflow for photos should be AdobeRGB1998 throughout, even a scanner. Cheers BoBman
  5. Hi, I had tested Imatch last year, mixed results, looked promising but alas some issues... text copied in from my notes:- Thumbs failure....YES, _MG_5D_4340.CR2 _MG_5D_4341.CR2 _MG_5D_4341(2).CR2 Yet other progs thumbed these, and these are 3 of a total of 8 cr2 files in the test folder. Added more, prog not seeing 5 cr2 images, very slow, then showed 1, now 3 not showing. BIG PROBLEM HERE !!! DAMN ! Thumbs creation speed slow, compared to others tested. also couldnt see a way of creating Keyword sets such as Cities or Animals or vehicles. search on keyword by selecting from list, couldnt see a way at the time. colours same as pshop...No, cant find colour profile setting to make AdobeRGB though very ‘busy’ preferences area ! also a tad softer as well. However I would love to overcome these issues as they spoilt an otherwise promising prog. BoBman
  6. Hi, I am trialling DAM softwares trying to find one that will catalog all my files, Msoft Office, CAD, Photographs, pdf etc etc, and enable me to continue allocating Keywords that I can search on in the software to find the images, and also embed those keywords into the image such that Alamy picks up on them and creates tags, just as I used to do with Extensis Portfolio until Extensis killed the prog off. (very angry with them indeed as finding an alternative is hell !) ACDSee has Categories which are confusing the life out of me, as a category in my mind is a sort of folder or case in which Keywords are contained, so one might have AircraftType and within that have Spitfire Hurricane Mustang B17 Lancaster etc etc. Instead I am told by Tech support at ACDSee to right click the Category I have created of AircraftType and choose NewCategory and type Lancaster. or Spitfire etc. Lets call this a sub category. I would end up with 500 sub categories, if there are 500 aircraft types I need to allocate to photos. One then selects a photo of a Lancaster, and ticks the box next to the sub-category of Lancaster, that photo is now with a Category of Lancaster. ACDSee also has Keywords but I am at a loss to know why can't Lancaster be a keyword. Getting my pic of a Lancaster into Alamy. ACDSee help says :- You can add information to your images using IPTC and ACDSee Metadata. IPTC information is automatically embedded into your image, while ACDSee Metadata can be embedded into your file, or stored in the database. You can add this information to one or multiple files at a time. We recommend entering and editing metadata prior to processing your images. To Add Metadata to One or More Files: In Manage mode, select one or more files in the File List pane. In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab. Enter information into the metadata fields. Click Apply or press Enter to apply your changes. I get the feeling I will have to enter all my categories or as I still call them keywords, all over again, unlike Portfolio when the allocated Keywords could be told to be embedded into Metadata. Does anyone know of the steps involved with ACDSee and clarify this process for me as well as enlighten me on what is a keyword and what is not, why is Lancaster or Spitfire not a keyword ? Why Spitfire as a keyword cant be held within a collective set called AircraftType. I am still mentally in Portfolio mode where their CustomField would have been AircraftType and when the dropdown arrow was clicked on one would see Spitfire, Lancaster, Mustang etc etc. Furthermore if I can have Spitfire or Lancaster as a keyword, as well as other specifics in the picture such as wheel chocks, starter trolley etc and I have allocated such to a photo, is that then termed as ACDSee metadata, such that then when I go tools>embed ACDSee Metadata>to selected files they get embedded and become the keywords in IPTC, I hope so as that saves me typing it all out again in the metadata entry window tech support navigated me to :-( Any help appreciated as I think tech support have messed up in advice here a bit. update...A tricky to follow video seems to show creation of keywords and an option to create a keyword set though no explanation of how though. For Alamy I would need to have all spellings options for example of Spitfire 1 Spitfire Mk1 Spitfire mark1 Spitfire mark 1 allocated to ACDSee metadata for the photo, when I just select a single keyword Spitfire Mk1 , so how would I get ACDSee to do that ? BobMan
  7. Hi, Bridge,...I would want the keyword list in the prog though, select the image, select the keyword hit allocate, rather than hop between progs, also I want the prog ideally to also catalog my other files, CAD, Video etc. Msoft office etc. ACDSee is best contender but crazily wont indicate which folders have had content added or amended, so they say, and we all open up raw files, edit them then save etc. Portfolio did that, the need goes without saying in fact. Lightroom , if anyone can shed light on the issues I found ? my test notes say:- doesnt support bmp unfortunately, as well as not doing 'non photos'. Doesn’t indicate which folders are being shown,having all D drive folders listed when only one is (or was) looked at is confusing. Finding original file... R/C preview no options, reduce to thumbs r/c show in explorer, launches explorer but image not picked out. Colours same as Photoshop....NO, unable to see colour profile setup. Interface...Unable to see folder names and subfolders full as unable to expand side window. Just generally confusing as to everything ! What else is there to consider ? BoBman
  8. Hi, I need a new file cataloging software, that does photos and ideally also non photos for PC inc its removeable media such as Cd DVD usb HDD etc. Not £1000 a year or £70 a month but a one of 'affordable' payment, something like £100 or so. For photos I had been using Extensis Portfolio but they have stopped the program and also the server version $6000/yr wont open the standalone catalogs. user forum closed and no tech support. A very thorough kick in the teeth to users of the prog. I have photos with a need for keywording with many KW's, I want to keep my keywords in user created fields such as villages, carTypes, AircraftTypes, EmotionalTerms, peopleNames and so on as done in portfolio (customFields). Advantage being I can be aided in remembering what keyword to give by seeing it in a short list, else I have to remember the keyword before ploughing through thousands in one very long drop down list to find it. Especially useful if I wish to allocate a descriptive term such as Moody or Magical , seeing the list gives me ideas on what to tag the pic with. Reminds me of the name of someone else I have to remember the name before finding it in 1000's of keywords. Ability to search on the KW'a using multiple methods 'and 'or' 'include' 'exclude' etc. then open the image full size on screen SAME QUALITY AS ORIGINAL. What program is there that will do this, and indicate folders where content has changed and needs thumbnailing and keywording ? To also have it catalog non photos, excel files docx pdf sound files, cad files, etc etc would be good as my catalog prog for those has ceased also. BoBman
  9. Hi, all keywords were applied with Portfolio, far better than photoshop as the lists are there to pick them from. Photoshop will only allow viewing of a few pics at a time and I would imagine application of keywords one image at a time., whilst I do many. I have heard of use of Lightroom, though folk say not as comprehensive as Portfolio, but will Lightroom import the Portfolio catalogs, thumbnails and keywords ? What do I need to do to get it to show me the thumbs and the keywords of all the files already cataloged and will it create and populate with the keywords the Custom fields such as names, Car types etc that I had ? I will also not do subscription as the pricing assumes its my main player of a program and as I use many progs the concept of subs is totally crippling and financial suicide, one never owns a single byte of the prog after many years. I will if it does standalone buy that instead. Obviously Lightroom wont deal with all PC files but just raster images. Cheers BoBman
  10. Hello, I have been a user of Extensis Portfolio standalone creating thumbnails, keywording them, using its custom fields such as Location, People names, Car Type, Aircraft Type etc which help in reminding me just what the exact name was I applied last time. Now that I am contributing to Alamy I can embed these into the image before uploading to Alamy and these become Alamy tags. That aspect is important. However Extensis have discontinued Portfolio standalone, the price for Portfolio server is well beyond most individual users pockets. It still works on Win7 and 8 but there will come a time it may not, so before procedding with a vast backlog of cataloging and wishing to get away from the practice on non camera taken images, of placing the same image into different subject matter folders, duplication triplication or worse not being good practice ! I need to rethink my approach with a new program, using it on all my raster images. One prog (Phase One Media Pro SE) mentioned as an alternative is not able to embed edited metadata to JPEG or TIFF files in the same way that Portfolio was able to, so thats no good ! What is there I can use to import the Portfolio catalogs and continue to do this ? To have to re-thumbnail thousands of images and apply their keywords all over again is out of the question ! This move by Extensis is soul destroying. I am hoping to also use the same program to take over from WhereIsIt which again is discontinued, it made thumbnails of every image, vector file, video etc I had on all my removeable media and allowed me to search on folder and file names and find where a file was. These thumbs one didnt keyword by the way, it just used the file and folder names., such caused me to do the duplication etc I mentioned. The new program must allow other progs to take over should that prog go the way of Portfolio and WhereIsIt. Thumbnails and their keywords for the photo library must be able to be seen and work as before. So either a prog to just replace Portfolio or also conveniently thumbnail and catalog all my files and folders. I eagerly await your suggestions. BoBman
  11. Hi, not quite sure of that manoeuvre ! Not able to get choccies to the USA easily, probably melt as well, I'll blow you a kiss, will that do ah yes, clicking my Pseudonym opens up a world. Fascinating. Might enable me to seek out what I have yet to upload, that many peeps are searching on. Establish what bait the fish are also interested in , might be worth a try if I am after sales, plug some gaps out there etc. many thanks not forgetting the choccy substitute x ! BoBman
  12. Hi, I wasnt aware of Alamy Measures so that may well suffice., however... I see I have 77 total views but how do I find out which images were involved ? for zooms 1, I clicked on the number 1 (only been contributing a few weeks) and was shown the image. returning to that data page the 1 is no longer clickable. I also see indication of the most used search tags for all of Alamy, girl smiling for the default date it offers if I click on view to put the max number at the top, selecting a different date range, such as Aug 1st 2016 until now sees nothing happen, there is no refresh button, but after some time, it suddenly changed to show Donald Trump as max searched on. UCO is useful as one can see the most interest number of people in that tag, so e.g. Donald Trump Playing Golf has UCO 3 zoom 1 71 views. Can I just check....bit puzzled....is that 3 unique searchers given 71 views. Clicking on the wording Donald Trump Playing Golf shows 12 thumbnails, many of which are him nowhere near a golf course !, so how do 12thumbs constitute 71 views for 3 unique searchers ? BoBman
  13. Hello, I would like to see data of some kind on which of my images have been viewed, how many times, which were zoomed, search tags used, etc and maybe geographical location of viewer. So for one or more of these , is this possible and how ? Any further way of seeing trends, search terms used, and when, would also be useful. A means of entering a tag and seeing when its been used for example. BoBman
  14. Hello, Q1 answer. ok, wait a day to see where I erroneously applied a tag to. Q2. notepad, write down supertags for one image, deselect them, then apply as normal tag to another image, then reselect them for the source image, or just deselect the one i wish to apply, then reselect it. Now if it was that clicking on the star applied it to the recipient image as a tag and also a supertag, and on just its name as normal tag, that would be better, just as in when it first was applied to the source image. BoBman
  15. Hello. Q1 How can I find all images I have given a certain tag to ? I just used the word Ramp then found two images had maybe been selected, searching in the tab next to where it says 'filter', it finds zero results., yet I am looking at one image that has tag 'ramp'. Does the tag not go searchable for buyers or even myself until next day ? Q2. If I wish to add an existing tag to an image and that tag is a supertag for that existing image, when I select both images and click the tag it warns me I have 10/10 supertags already, I dont want it as a supertag, there is no option to just allocate it as a normal tag it seems ? BoBman