Archiving images

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Archiving to folder

 

More and more photographers these days switch to archiving on external hard drives. Main reason is that the prices for external hard drives has dropped a lot and external hard drives are much more convenient to archive images compared to CDs or DVDs. IDimager also supports archiving to folder. This can be a folder stored on an internal drive, or an external hard drive. Typically you would archive to a different physical hard drive and not to the same drive where your originals are stored. For safety reasons, it is also not recommended to archive to a second partition on the same physical hard drive.

 

Archiving to folder can be done by selecting the thumbnails and then click "Transfer | Archive Selected Images"in the application's main toolbar.

 

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The Image Archiver allows you to select a folder where the images should be archived to. Select the target folder by clicking the folder icon to the right of the field "Archive selected images to folder". The selected images can be stored in a sub folder structure that you find convenient. The sub folder structure can be entered by hand or (more recommended) by using macro commands. The macro commands will be translated based on every archived image. You can select the macro commands you need by clicking the drop down button at the right. The default setting is "%yyyy-%mm-%dd", meaning sub folders will be created based on the photo date of the archived images. The "Sample Target file Name" field displays a sample of the structure and file name.

 

Archive Action

Select if you want to "Move" or "Copy" the selected images to the archive folder

 

On duplicate file detection in your archive, IDimager should

Specify what IDimager should do when it finds a file name that already exists in the archive folder.

 

 

Change all references in the catalog to the new location

When you copy files to the archive, then the original file remains on it original location and a copy is created in the archive. By selecting this option you can specify if the database should be updated to the copied file or not. If not, then the original file will remain active in the catalog.

 

This option is not available when you select the "Move" action.

 

Create a new catalog label item for archived images

Select this option if you want to keep a catalog label and assign it to all images that have been burned. The catalog label is stored in the Auto Catalog section of the Catalog labels branch in the Catalog Explorer. The archive label is named after the moment of the archive process; e.g. 2007-11-05 11:09 (year-day-month hour:minutes).

 

The label is stored as:

 

Catalog Explorer

  - Catalog Labels

      - Auto Catalog

          - Archive Sessions

              - Date

 

 

 

Archiving burned CDs

 

As described before, IDimager can archive to different CD formats like CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAW, DVD+R, DVD-R, etc. After the burn process IDimager offers the option to archive the burned images.

 

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Select Yes to start the archive feature. The burner's archive dialog opens.

 

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Delete original source images

Select this option if you want to remove the original image from the file system

 

Change references in catalog to the location on burned disc

Select this option if you want to update the catalog references from their old location to the archived file.

 

 

Create a new catalog label item for archived images

Select this option if you want to keep a catalog label and assign it to all images that have been burned. The catalog label is stored in the Auto Catalog section of the Catalog labels branch in the Catalog Explorer. The archive label is named "Archived Disc mmm" where mmm is the volume name of the burned disc.

 

The label is stored as:

 

Catalog Explorer

  - Catalog Labels

      - Auto Catalog

          - Archive Sessions

              - Archived  Disc mmm