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AIM update notes - **Updated Jan 2019**

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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 (January ) is now live. 

 

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.

 

 

Jan 30th 2019 update (all users may need to wait 24 / 48 hours for all updates to appear:

 

  • Download your data option: Users in AIM can now request an export of all their metadata into a spreadsheet template from within the tool.  The option can be found at the bottom of the "mandatory" info tab:

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  • Added the ability to set defaults for marking images as exclusive (this will be visible at some point tomorrow)
  • Added a filter to show you images not marked as exclusive (this will be visible at some point tomorrow)
  • Changed the text colour on grey tags from white to black to make them easier to read (this will be visible at some point tomorrow)

 

 

Nov 22nd 2018 update:

 

  • Caption box now has larger font and darker colour to make it easier to read
  • Added messaging to say changes may take up to 48 hours to be reflected in live database
  • You can now view the upload date on a magnified image in AIM
  • The supertag “star” now has a bigger hitbox making it easier to select
  • Fixed various issues related to unusual text characters causing errors in search and copy and paste
  • Added messaging about restrictions if a user tries to add all 4 restrictions to an image
  • Fixed a scenario where upload failed with lengthy filenames
  • Fixed a bug that returned all images in a search for “Photographer” within AIM

 

Oct 2018 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):

 

  • Intuitive help
  • Options to change order of tags
  • Improvements to mobile functionality
  • Improvements to category options
  • Various other UI improvements

 

*This is not an exhaustive list.*

 

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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Brilliant news, thank you!

 

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Excellent news, thanks for listening and responding!

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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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Very grateful for the copy and paste function for keywords!!  Looks like nice improvements!

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

 

Carol

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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. 

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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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