Steve Valentia

Multiple Delete Function for AIM

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I made what I consider to be a major mistake of using a key-wording service, based in India, some years ago and before the upgrade to the current Alamy Image Manager. This resulted in each of the 3000 or so images, I had at the time, being flooded with dozens of useless keywords. I believe that this has greatly affected my ranking and sales.

 

Since the upgrade and the current requirement for no more than 50 tags, I have been working solidly through the older images, from around 2004, to try and delete all the redundant keywords. But, this is incredibly time consuming, trying to delete one word at a time, and finding the small x in the corner of the tag with my mouse.  I have tried a tablet and pen (I bought one especially for the job) but it is actually less effective than the mouse.

 

Despite contacting member services and pleading with them, it seems that a multiple delete function is no longer being considered - although my first reply suggested it was. Apparently it was trialed and some users found they deleted the wrong words.

I'm getting desperate now, as I can barely change 150 images in a full day and as I'm approaching older age, I may want to go outside into the sunshine occasionally. Can I ask that Alamy please reconsider implementing this function, or as an alternative ask ME to trial it? I am sure I would find some positive things to say about it.

 

Stephen

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Yes, I agree. That is one of the many things about this image manager that are maddening. Just having to read what I have in little boxes slows me down. The care I have to take in merging keywords so I don't wind up with a nonsense phrase and have to delete it and start over. Not being able to copy and paste but having to click on faded tags when I want to use keywords from an older image. Having to click "Add Caption" instead of just having a box where I can immediately start typing. Having the first part of the location disappear as I type so I can't see the whole thing until I'm done. It goes on and on and I know I only hurt myself by not uploading as often but I dread the darn thing. The old image manager also used to tell me when I had forgotten to put something in attributes. This one has me needing to proofread everything. It's a disaster as far as I"m concerned and it looks like we are stuck with it no matter what we say about it.

 

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Why not just open a new account and upload everything in one go with the right keywords attached?

Or ask member services to send you a spreadsheet?

 

For editing just a few images I do the following: I drag the tags on top of each other with a pen more or less randomly. After they've reached 10 keywords they become a black hole in which every next tag will vanish. In the end there will be only one tag left to kill by clicking the x.

However even with a pen, RSI is a real danger.

The designer of this tool should be forced to work with it for a month. Maybe you could let him practice on your images ;-)

 

wim

 

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8 hours ago, wiskerke said:

Why not just open a new account and upload everything in one go with the right keywords attached?

Or ask member services to send you a spreadsheet?

 

Thanks for the reply Wim, it was actually your suggestion about the tablet and pen that got me to buy one, but I'm just admiring it unplugged most of the time as I found it less effective than the mouse. Probably because I'm not used to it.

 

I have over 6000 images with Alamy, contributed since 2004, and hundreds of thousands of others scattered across numerous external hard drives. It would take far longer to find the Alamy images to re-upload them than to work slowly on the re-keywording as I am now.

 

I did get a spreadsheet, but again not being familiar with it slowed me down. I found that I had to keep comparing the uploaded images with the image ID on the spreadsheet to know which one I was keywording.

 

8 hours ago, wiskerke said:

For editing just a few images I do the following: I drag the tags on top of each other with a pen more or less randomly. After they've reached 10 keywords they become a black hole in which every next tag will vanish. In the end there will be only one tag left to kill by clicking the x.

 

I've tried the dragging method and this has some effect. Occasionally though I get error messages about having too many supertags! 

 

8 hours ago, wiskerke said:

The designer of this tool should be forced to work with it for a month. Maybe you could let him practice on your images ;-)

 

I wish!

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It's unimaginable into 2018 thinking that this elementar feature it is not applicable.

 

On 15/5/2018 at 02:28, wiskerke said:

Or ask member services to send you a spreadsheet?

 

Please Sir, what do you mean with spreadsheet? Maybe i've lost something.

 

Thanks

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10 hours ago, Francescop said:

It's unimaginable into 2018 thinking that this elementar feature it is not applicable.

 

 

Please Sir, what do you mean with spreadsheet? Maybe i've lost something.

 

Thanks

 

As I don't use it, maybe someone who does can chime in here.

 

I think it was meant as the tool for agencies to upload or change large quantities of images or keywords.

However as some contributors now have larger collections than some agencies, if you ask contributor relations (member services) they may give you access to this tool. But keep in mind that it's very easy to do a lot of damage in a very short time.

So be sure you know what you're doing using a spreadsheet.

 

wim

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22 hours ago, Francescop said:

It's unimaginable into 2018 thinking that this elementar feature it is not applicable.

 

 

Please Sir, what do you mean with spreadsheet? Maybe i've lost something.

 

Thanks

On request MS will send you a spreadsheet with all the attributes of all your images. You change them as required and send it back, whereupon MS will apply it.

But as Wim says it's weapons-grade.

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Thanks @spacecadet and @wiskerke

I know what you mean. Very interesting procedure, but who is MS? do you know the email contact?

 

However i don't understand:

spreadsheet = excel? maybe!
spreadsheet = administrator view of my alamy image manager? i don'think

 

Someone can share a printscreen of it after hide your sensitive datas?

thanks so much

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4 hours ago, Francescop said:

Thanks @spacecadet and @wiskerke

I know what you mean. Very interesting procedure, but who is MS? do you know the email contact?

 

However i don't understand:

spreadsheet = excel? maybe!
spreadsheet = administrator view of my alamy image manager? i don'think

 

Someone can share a printscreen of it after hide your sensitive datas?

thanks so much

 

Yes Microsoft Office Excel is spreadsheet software.

MS (Member Services) is now called Contributor Relations = contributors@alamy.com.

As you joined in 2011 we've probably thought it a good idea to give both names as some people almost never interact with the various Alamy departments.

 

A search on Google Images for Alamy Spreadsheet gives  a somewhat predictable result.

- Facepalm.

 

wim

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You can use Ctrl/Cmd and + to magnify the screen. This gives you a slightly better chance of hitting either the blue supertag star or the delete x. Its still a maddening process though, I quite frequently become a bit psychotic after using the AIM for any length of time. Which is a shame as there is so much that is good with it, its so poor to use. 

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On 6/16/2018 at 21:57, Francescop said:

Thanks @spacecadet and @wiskerke

I know what you mean. Very interesting procedure, but who is MS? do you know the email contact?

 

However i don't understand:

spreadsheet = excel? maybe!
spreadsheet = administrator view of my alamy image manager? i don'think

 

Someone can share a printscreen of it after hide your sensitive datas?

thanks so much

 

Last time I asked for a copy of my metadata was in June 2017. Contributor services (contibutors@alamy.com) sent me Excel spreadsheet in .xlsx format.

 

I've embedded a screenshot of the heading and top two rows of data below, and here's a link to the screenshot to make it easier to read. I reduced the number of tags to reduce the complexity.

 

Screen_Shot_2018-06-26_at_07.52.38.png

 

The spreadsheet is not easy to edit by hand (lots of words in single cells) but is great for automated processing using global search and replace operations in Excel or using Excel VBA (Excel Visual Basic). A modified spreadsheet can then be sent back to Alamy for uploading. But beware...

 

"to make errors is human..... to mess things up totally requires a spreadsheet!"

 

Mark

 

 

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