6692Re: IPTC Data - Photo Cataloguing (WAS: RE: [NTB] publishing pictures that
- Aug 19, 2005--- In ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com, "Greg Chapman" <greg@e...> wrote:
> I wasn't aware that this was a "Windows feature". I had only comeacross
> its use in connection with Eric's "Easy Imager". Am I missingsomething?
> Having said that I hate the approach which scatters descriptioninformation
> in every directory. It means you can't move files about withoutusing the
> program that keeps these files updated when you move files about.Greg you have a valid point about moving files and their
descriptions, without a program to manage those descriptions it
wouldn't be much use to me either. I use two programs (along with
NoteTab for manual editing) to manage my file descriptions. The 4NT
command shell which sets all the initial file descriptions of my
images to the date the photo was taken when it moves them from a
photo card to my computer. And Directory Opus, my primary GUI file
manager which automatically keeps the images (or any files)
synchronized with their descriptions no matter where I move them to.
Without those two programs, especially DOpus, the descript.ion
feature would have little value to me.
What I like about using descript.ion files for descriptions is the
fact that they're simple text files, not binary. The principle they
use is very simple, and below is a small sample of what their
contents can look like:
P8051495.jpg (2005-08-05) Falls Park in Sioux Falls
P5290982.jpg (2005-05-29) Scenic View near Newcastle
The first thing on each line in the file is the name of the file the
description is for, and that's followed by the actual description. I
can sort, edit add or delete descriptions with NoteTab if I want, and
sometimes I do, but mostly I use 4NT or Directory Opus for those jobs.
Also, I guess I shouldn't have said descript.ion is a Windows feature
for it really has nothing to do with Microsoft. It's just a standard
many software companies use to set/manage descriptions for files and
I'm not trying to talk anyone into using descript.ion descriptions,
only mentioning that they work very well for me.
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