Working with the Version Detection Wizard

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The biggest challenge when building a catalog and getting started with versioning is to find the existing derivatives / duplicates / versions that should be combined in a version set. Most likely they are spread around your hard drive(s) and existing CD/DVD archive, and you may not know exactly which image is related to another. This is where the Version Detection Wizard comes into play. The VDW will help you find those images based on file names and/or existing meta data.


The Version Detection Wizard can be started in different ways. First is by clicking the Version Detection Wizard button in the versions panel's mini-toolbar . A second way is by selecting one or more thumbnails in the Collection Viewer and then press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[V] to start the VDW (or right click on a selected thumb -> Versioning -> Version Detection Wizard). This way of starting the VDW will open the Wizard and load all the selected images to it. The easiest way is to start the VDW with your originals selected.




The upper is the area where you can define you search settings.


The middle part shows a list with all images you want to find versions for. If you have started the Version Detection Wizard from the Collection Viewer, then the selected images will be pre-loaded. If you need more images in the wizard, then click the button “Add Images” in the toolbar.





A. Double click on an image in the upper list to open it in the Image Viewer.

B. Double click on a found version to open it in the Image Viewer



Now select one or more folder(s) where IDimager should search for the versions of the selected images. Click the button behind the field “Search versions in folder” to select a folder on disk. You can select up to three folders that should be scanned through. With the option "search in sub folders also" at the top right you can determine if only the selected folders should be scanned through or also all the sub folders below each specified folder.



Here you can specify if IDimager should either search though the specified folders on the file system, or in the catalog database, or in both


Match File Names

Select this option to find duplicates based on their file name. By specifying a file name mask you will have great flexibility in doing so. For example the default file mask is *%FileName*.*. This means that IDimager should find for all files that contain the file name part in them (without extension). E.g.


Search versions for TEST.JPG will match files names MYTEST.TIF, ITESTIT.JPG, TEST.DNG, etc


As you can see, the file masks can contain macro commands (% commands). You can select the command you need by clicking the arrow down button at the right of this field.


You can specify multiple file name masks to be used. If you need this, then separate the masks with a comma. For example;




For a sample file test.jpg this will be *test*.* AND *test_jpg*.*


You can use file name matching in bi-directional mode. With this option switch on, IDimager will use the file name mask not only to match the source file name (the one versions are being found for) with the files in the folder(s), but also the other way around. For example you are searching versions with a file name mask *%FileName*.* for the file test_bw.jpg and in the folder a file is found with the name test.jpg. Without bi-directional matching, the test.jpg file won't be detected as a version since it does not match the file mask *test_bw*.*, but reversed it does match: *test*.* does match with test_bw.jpg


Match Exif



By matching with Exif information, you are telling the VDW to find versions based on their metadata dates. You can optionally specify if IDimager should allow a burst range to select versions.


For your info; a burst range is a series of images that are shot with a (high speed) camera. Each of these images in a burst shot have its own file name and the date may differ within milli seconds. With the Burst setting you will be able to find all of the burst images and store them in a single version set.


Note: Using Exif based matching will slow the detection process down. If you are using a standard file name convention then you should always be able to use the file name matching only.


Auto cascade meta information after storing versions

Once you have detected versions and you're going to store them as a version set, you can use this option to allow IDimager to instantly cascade meta information to the found versions.


When you enable this option, the [...] button at the right will become enabled and when you click on it you can set the cascade settings.




Version place holder matching

Last but not least are the options to determine the version place holders.


IDimager's version support includes working with version place holders. The version assigned to each place holder can be auto-determined based on their settings. Storing the right versions to the right place holders can be essential for your workflow.




Settings are:


First version found; Select this option if you want to use the first version found as the album display version. This may be any random version.


First JPEG version found; Select this option if you want to use the first  jpeg image found as the album display version. If multiple jpeg images are found in the version detection process, then IDimager will use the first one found.


Custom file mask matching; Select this option if you want to choose a version based on a (part) of the found versions their file name. For instance, if you always store your edited versions beginning with "aph_" (e.g. aph_IMG0003.JPG) then you can specify the mask here as aph_*.* That will make sure that this version is picked to be the right version place holder. You can specify multiple file masks per place holder by separating them with a comma.


Never assign this placeholder; Select this option if you want to skip assigning to this place holders






Now start the detection process by clicking the "Start Detection" button in the toolbar (or press [F9]).The detection process will start and, when finished, the results are presented. The list of selected images will contain blue entries for every entry that has detected versions. The number of versions found are displayed in the right column. The lower part of the screen contains all the found versions of the selected item in the list.





As you can see in the sample above, the thumbnail contains an arrow icon. This icon represents the version place holders found. When this arrow is blue, then that indicates that that version is matched with one or more place holders. Click this icon to open the menu.




You can see that in this case this image is matched with the "album display" place holder. You can click this entry in the menu to remove that assignment, or click another entry to also assign this image to that place holder.

You can also click this icon for images that are not matched with a place holder. In that case you can assign a place holder from the menu.


If you think that one of the found versions is incorrect, then you can remove it from the result by selecting it and then press [Delete].


To store all found results for all images click button “Store All Versions” in the tool bar.