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AIM update notes - Oct 2018

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Hi Everyone,

 

You may (or may not) be aware that we're continually monitoring activity and feedback on our contributor tools, especially the Alamy Image Manager (AIM).

 

We've got a list of improvements we want to make and release to the live environment and the next update should be going live before the end of the week. Here are some details of what's in the forthcoming update as well as a list of other things we're currently working on for release in the near future.

 

Current update:

 

  • Changes to the UI so it’s clearer you have more than one image selected. There is now a more obvious “highlight” overlay on the image and the info box in the top right corner is now more prominent. Should reduce the chance of mistakenly making changes to images that you didn't know were selected
  • There is a button now for “remove all tags”. No more having to click each tag one by one if you want to start fresh!
  • There is a copy and paste function that has been added. You can select tags individually or select all (woo hoo!), then copy and paste to another image(s) via the paste button. We know this has been a request many of you have asked for so we hope this will really help those who prefer that type of workflow.

 

Future updates (more things we are working on for a later release, some require further testing - this list doesn't confirm release):

 

  • Changes to the way you can sort the order of your images in AIM
  • UI improvements to the caption editing box 
  • Improvements to messaging throughout the AIM pages
  • Date uploaded information to individual images
  • Improvements to tag UI (specifically making it easier to select supertags)
  • Export metadata functionality
  • Improvements to filters
  • Intuitive help
  • Improvements to handling of foreign characters
  • Options to change order of tags
  • Improvements to mobile functionality
  • Improvements to category options
  • Various other UI improvements

 

*This is not an exhaustive list.*

 

We're also working on a couple of other projects for contributors that we think you're going to love, so keep your eyes peeled for further updates soon.

 

If you've got any feedback on any of the above feel free to email us on contributors@alamy.com

 

Cheers

 

James Allsworth

Contributor Experience Manager

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Oh, how fabulous. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Deleting hooray. Copy and paste marvelous. I have so many images with too many tags and I'd love to start over on them. I see I will be very busy.... This is great.

 

Paulette

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Thanks Alamy.  This is great news. Especially excited about the copy and paste function in the current update but it looks like there are other really useful improvements in the pipeline too.

 

Pearl

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Ahh foreign characters!

どうもありがとうございました

Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita!

(+ deep  bow)

 

wim

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Cooool. Very nice,  thanks Alamy. Now I can look forward to endless hours of fun in AIM! ;):huh::(:lol:

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Yes a big thank you from me too. It is great to hear that you do listen to your contributors and that their comments are acted on.

 

Allan

 

 

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Future improvements includes this:

"Improvements to messaging throughout the AIM pages"

 

Messaging who? Other contributors? Alamy? Aliens?;)

 

Phil

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This is great, thank you.  Any chance of bringing back the messaging function on the forum?

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I must be missing something it all looks the same to me, also just had hassle signing in here, I'll have a look later to see if I see anything different;)

 

Carol

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3 hours ago, Alamy said:

the next update should be going live before the end of the week.

 

So not yet...

 

Paulette

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6 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

I must be missing something it all looks the same to me, also just had hassle signing in here, I'll have a look later to see if I see anything different;)

 

Carol

Read carefully (I didn't).

it isn't live yet. End of the week

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2 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

Ah that would explain it :) I'll put it down to......having one of those days;)  Many thanks folks..

 

Carol

It didn't stop me mashing the keyboard either till I noticed :)

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Ha ha glad it's not just me, just re-read and I think it says....... should be going live before the end of the week, I guess we are getting ahead of ourselves:D

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Thank you very much James and @Alamy for these updates.

 

At least 4000 of my images were uploaded with the older system that could accept 300+ keywords* and I have been asking for a multiple delete function for some time, as the task of manually deleting vast numbers of tags singly had me totally defeated and I gave up on revamping the images. "While a "delete all" button and a "multiple delete" function are not exactly the same thing, it's probably going to be easier to clear the tags, rewrite new ones and then cut and paste those onto images from the same set, as a starting point.

 

I'm also really looking forward to the improved mobile functionality, as AIM is an incoherent jumble on my iPad and totally unusable. The ability to move tags around also feels like something I could use a lot, to make logical strings of text, rather than scattered, random words.

 

*If anyone is wondering why I have images with 300 keywords, in any case, all I can say is...Keywording Services. I have two key words for them. Bad. Idea. 

Edited by Steve Valentia

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Thanks Alamy for the information. Looking forward to seeing the changes and hoping there's not too many teething problems.

 

Mark

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"The road to success is always under construction." 
Thank you, thank  you ,thank you.
Cheers and gone
Shergar 
 
 

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+1 to all above thanks.  Also looking forward to;  

  • Options to change order of tags
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Just want to add my vote of thanks from the Southern end of the world, definitely looking forward to these improvements.

 

regards

Stephen

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Very grateful, Alamy. You'll get this thing humming like a fine-tuned motor. Can't wait.

Betty

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