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replace database images
I may very well be asking the mpossible, but I hope it can be done - so here goes:
I have an Imagekeep database with almost 500 images in it (this number will grow to about 2000 images eventually), with a lot of custom fields, etc. The images are currently stored Outside the database.
Many, many hours have been spent typing in all the field info. Now I want to make the database portable and practical for use in a laptop when away at art shows, etc. To do that, I hope to create a new reduced-size image set strictly for Imagekeep. I would like to store these images INSIDE the database and have the whole thing fit on a CD/DVD. Now, for my question:
Is it possible/practical to import the reduced size image files, saving them inside the current database (replacing the 500 originals), retaining all of the field data that took so many hours to input?
--Harry F Burris on Mon, Apr 26th, 2004 06:53:12 UTC
I have one way that should mostly work if you have all the images stored in a single folder:
0) Back up the current imagebase and image files.
1) Create a new IMX imagebase.
2) Select all the images in the current imagebase and drag them into the new imagebase (make sure you hold down the ctrl key while dragging to do a 'copy' rather than a 'move', you might want to practice on some test imagebases). At this point you will have a duplicate of the original imagebase.
3) Select all the images in the new imagebase and extract them to a new folder using the resize option when extracting ('Edit->Extract Image(s)'). You could also use another program to copy and resize the images if you like instead of using extract.
4) Select all the images in the new imagebase and change the Path field to the new folder you created in step 3 ('Edit->View/Edit Image Properties').
5) Select all the images in the new imagebase and copy them into the imagebase ('Edit->Copy Images into ImageBase').
The only thing it doesn't do is correctly update the Width, Height, and Datasize fields.
You might want to try it using just 5-10 images to see if it will do what you want before trying it on the entire 500 images.
Hope this helps.
--Derry Bryson on Thu, Apr 29th, 2004 18:28:59 UTC