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IMatch Versioning - ManageVersions Script
As there is currently no native support for versioning in IMatch, I have written the Manage Versions script to work around this.
As most digital photographers typically perform some degree of post-processing or editing of the images after importing, one often ends up with several file versions of the same image in the catalog. Generally, the original image is left intact, and multiple copies are generated.
Unfortunately, most catalog programs treat each file as a seperate image, and do not recognize multiple files as being spawned from a single original. The net result is that when tags are applied to the multiple versions, the tags are associated with each file individually. This means that if the user wanted to apply a tag, such as location, to the photo, the location tag would have to be applied manually to all versions of the same photo. This can result in a lot of headaches.
It is fairly well accepted that the "next" version of IMatch (this feature has been promised for years!) will probably offer some sort of solution to the "versioning" issue. But until that version is released, it is worth using a script to automate some of this task.
I wrote the following script to automatically synchronize all categories and properties between an original image and the "edited" (derived) versions of the same iamge. This is done by careful use of file naming conventions.
Manage Versions IMatch Script
Please see the documentation included in the ZIP file below.
Download Manage Versions 2.3.4 (461 downloads).
See the Documentation for IMatch Manage Versions script here.
- ManageVersions 2.3.4 [07/22/2007]
- Updated for IMatch 3.6
- Minor error checks added
- ManageVersions 2.3.3 [01/10/2007]
- Fixed property copying in forced mode.
- ManageVersions 2.3.1 [10/24/2006]
- More robust handling of offline images for interactive mode.
- ManageVersions 2.3 [10/15/2006]
- Marking originals can occur anywhere in database. Even if original is not included in the selection and selection mode is used, the originals will still be tagged.
- Marking of originals is only done if derived version exists.
- Edit category is excluded from category comparison.
- Browse dialog for report file location.
Find Versions IMatch Script
Note that this is a beta, and so the documentation is currently very limited!
Find Versions is designed to quickly locate all original and derived versions of an image within your database. Simply select an image, run the script and then the original & derived images will all be bookmarked for easy location (simply go to "Selection" View and then "My Bookmarks". If you have changed your suffix character (from -), then open up the script and change SUFFIX_CH). This script is primarily useful for those who do not keep the original and derived versions of a photo in the same folder.
Download Find Versions 0.1.1 (191 downloads). (Released 03/03/2006)