Downloading Images

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Once you are finished defining your download profile you are ready to download your images. If you store your download profile to disk, you can reuse it later and the rest of the processing is automated. the Downloader allows you to select images, physically copy the files, store them in a file structure of your preference, rename them to your preference format, organize them in your galleries/collections and even catalog them during transfer.

The Downloader can read images from not only a digital camera, but also from other digital imaging sources like a WIA device, PTP device, e-mail boxes, or existing folders. In particular the following input sources are supported

Digital camera

This can be done in two ways:

memory card reader

A memory card is a removable storage device used by a digital camera to store recorded images. A memory card reader is a small device that allows your computer to read the images stored on the memory card. By placing the memory card from the camera into the memory card reader, this memory card will become available in Windows as a new drive, just like any hard drive or CD player. Memory card readers are relatively cheap and using such a device is the fastest way to transfer images from camera to computer. Some computers may even have a memory card reader built in.

directly connected camera

the camera is attached to the computer using a cable and the download is done through WIA

Scanner

This can be done by using a PTP connection. The latter is the most commonly used method when using modern day scanners.

Email boxes

This can also be done in two ways: The first way is by enumerating images from a POP3 connection, and the second way is from an IMAP4 connection. POP3 boxes are commonly used for internet e-mail, while IMAP4 boxes are commonly used in a business environment.

Folder

Read from a physical folder on disk.

 

To transfer images from the camera to computer, press the "Download Now" button in the applications main toolbar.

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If you made changes to your download profile, the Downloader will ask you to save the download profile first. If you reply with No, the Downloader will still run with the current download profile settings.

The transfer will now start and in the footer section of the main application window, a progress bar will appear. Besides it you will see 2 lines of text that give you status information on what the Downloader is actually busy with.

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If you are in the Detail view, additionally, each image you marked for downloading will show a progress bar that gives you the progress on that particular image. This way you can really track how far the Downloader is with it's download.

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The amount of time it will take to download a number of images, is really depending on the number of steps it needs to execute per image, the type of stored media it needs to copy from and to, the machine you are running on, and so on.

When the Downloader is completely finished it will come up with a dialog asking if you would like to open them in IDimager

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*Note that there is a small check box named Don't ask me again. If you check that, the next time the Downloader is finished it will not ask you this question again.

 

Canceling an active download

The moment you pressed the "Download Now" button, will change to allow you to cancel the download

Important to mention here is that when you cancel your download, the images already transferred to disk will not be removed again.