Versioning on download
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The Downloader in IDimager allows you to download images from a digital imaging source (like a digital camera) to your computer. IDimager allows you to create versions based on RAW+JPEG combinations, but the Downloader also offers a Download script to convert RAW images to DNG as you download them from the camera.
RAW and JPEG combinations
Many cameras allow you to shoot in RAW+JPG mode. This means that the camera actually records two files of the same image. One in RAW mode and one in JPG mode. Basically the camera already created your first version set. This version set is easily migrated to IDimager. Start the Downloader by clicking the "Download" button in the application's main toolbar. Please read through the chapter describing the Downloader for a full description.
After entering the target details for you images in the Downloader, you get to the step where you can define the version detection:
As you can see there are three options:
If you selected the RAW/JPEG or JPEG/RAW combination setting, you can also specify to what placeholder the sub version should be assigned to. By default IDimager comes with 5 pre-defined place holders, but you are free to define as much as you like (IDimager Pro only; IDimager Personal supports up to 10 place holders).
After setting your preferences, click Continue and step through the remaining steps of the Downloader.
During the Download process, IDimager will detect the versions and store them using your preferred method. The versions are detected based on their file name. So the Downloader assumes that the RAW and the JPEG share the same name (e.g. IMG0001.CR2 and IMG0001.JPG). This is how all cameras behave.
Using the DNG Downloader script
The DNG Downloader script is a so-called Post-Script. That is a piece of program that can be executed "after" the normal download process finished. The DNG Download script is able to convert RAW images to DNG by using Adobe's free DNGConverter utility. First make sure that you download this utility from the Adobe website. You can find it here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows (approx. 6MB; if this link becomes unavailable, the search their website for DNG Converter). Once you have downloaded the DNGConverter package, unzip the package to a folder. The package contains a file called "Adobe DNG Converter.exe". That is the stand alone converter that we need for the DNG Downloader script.
As you activate IDimager's Downloader, you can define the target locations. One option there is the option to run pre and post scripts. The DNG Download script is a post script so we activate that option.
Then click the Open button next to the "Script Design" button. That allows you to import a script to the Downloader. Find the file "DNGImportScript.idscript" and import it. That's all. This script will now be executed as soon as the Download process is finished. So click Continue and step through the rest of the Downloader's settings and start the process.
Once the Download process is finished, the DNG Download Script will appear.
The first thing that you need to do (one time only) is to specify the location of the Adobe DNG Converter tool. Click the button [...] at the right of this field and point to the file that you just downloaded.
The second option in the DNG Download script is option to store the DNG in a sub folder. For instance; if you need your DNGs to be stored in a sub folder called "DNG" within the folder of the original RAW file, then enter DNG there.
Original is downloaded to C:\MyPics\2007\10\2007-10-11\IMG0001.CR2 then normally the DNG will be stored in the same folder C:\MyPics\2007\10\2007-10-11\IMG0001.DNG, if you specified a sub folder then it will be stored in that folder, relative to the original folder. A sub folder DNG will result in C:\MyPics\2007\10\2007-10-11\DNG\IMG0001.DNG
The next option in the script is the option to store the DNG as a version of the original. If you enable that option, you can also specify to what placeholder the DNG should be assigned to.
The last option allows you to delete the original RAW file after it is successfully converted to DNG. Use this option with care.
Then start the script. The script will then find all RAW files within your Download session and convert each file to DNG, optionally storing it as a version.