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by Mitch Alland

I am pleased to see that the new ImagePrint manual for v6 is a great improvement over earlier versions and is, in fact, excellent. The extensive Troubleshooting Guide section is a good addition. Also, as program installation has been simplified, I believe that most questions on IP problems that come up on online forums can now be answered by suggesting, in the best Unix tradition, that the user "look it up in the manual...." These notes are based on ImagePrint 6 build 1.08. If you are using a later build some of the issues and glitches discussed below may have been fixed, as ColorByte is aware of all of them.

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AuthorSubject: iViewMediaPro disaster!   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Shirley Sanderson
Posted on Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:51 PM

I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had these problems with iViewMediaPro. I upgraded to v. 2.0 sometime last Fall, but never got around to using it. This week I decided to catalogue nearly 2000 safari photos, mostly .psds and.jpgs written to DVD-Rs. Some files could not be added to the catalogue—there would be a little flash and the wristwatch indicating that something was happening, but nothing was added. In a folder with several files of identical format, there were always a few that this happened to. I tried everything, and discovered that the files could be added to a brand new catalogue ad then merged with the existing catalogue. Not elegant, but at least it worked, sorta. Some (but not all) .psds would generate white thumbnails with text instead of a thumbnail with an image. I could only catalogue these files using the file's built-in thumbnail. Strangely, however, rebuilding the thumbnail from the built-in thumbnail would generate a usable thumbnail instead of a white rectangle.

Because some of my DVD names were too long for iVMP and truncated the actual disk number, I rewrote the disks with the numbers at the beginning. This meant I had to reset the path for the already catalogued files so that the path would point to the newly rewritten DVD instead of the old one. By this time, I had received a response from iView's tech support saying that the newly posted v. 2.0.2 would allow you to use a longer file name in the path by adding a line to the field. I had already installed v. 2.0.2. I had also decided, as a precaution, to create a category for each DVD, so that I could see at a glance what was on any given DVD. The particular catalogue I had just created had 1835 files, and many other subject matter categories, so the major point of creating it was to be able to sort through and locate these files quickly.

In checking each of these individual DVD categories to see that all the paths had been reset, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that many of them were incorrect. I again reset the paths, saving the catalogue after every reset. In checking the categories I had just reset minutes ago (and saved), I learned that they were again incorrect. Most files had been reassigned to DVD12 for some reason. There were a significant number of bad path designations for each of the 30 DVDs, overall perhaps 30% were bad.

The net of all this is that the catalogue is close to useless. It would be COMPLETELY useless if I hadn't created a category for every DVD. If I want to use my subject matter categories, I then have to manually go through several DVD categories to find out where the file actually resides.

I am waiting to see what iVMP's tech support says about this situation, but I would caution anyone embarking on a cataloguing project to be very cautious about using v. 2.0.2. A cataloguing program is supposed to help you find files, not scramble their locations, and I have lost nearly a week's worth of work due to the problems with iVMP. I'll post again when iVMP responds, but if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I'm all ears.

Shirley Sanderson


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