Lost Images will typically be caused by one of two reasons. Either the images that are linked to by an ImageDB record have been moved (externally to ImageDB), or the media they are stored on has been removed (for example a CD). In the former case it is generally best to do such moving from within ImageDB using either Edit - Folder Organisation or Image - Move/Copy Images. In this way the logical structure will not become out of synch with the physical structure. In the latter case, before removing the CD you should first unmount the folders on it using Edit - Folder Organisation However these options are not always possible or may be forgotten! That is where these Find Lost Image options come in.
If you have lost images (reported on opening a database and indicated by thumbnails with the message Image not found) then these options are provided to help you find them and link back into them again.
This is the simpler of the two options and is best used if you have a pretty good idea where the images have been moved to. First select one or more images to be found in the normal way (shift or ctrl clicking etc.) then select Edit - Find Lost Images. Browse to the location where the images have been moved, select any one of the images at that location and click OK. A message box will report how many of your selected images were successfully found at that location and their records updated with the new location.
This is a powerful though rather more complicated search mechanism for finding lost images when you have little or no idea where they might have been moved to. When you first enter the dialog the ImageDB will identify any currently lost images and group them by their folder location. These lost images will then be displayed in the left hand list box one folder at a time. If there is more than one folder with lost images they can be stepped through with the next and previous buttons. Having selected a folder with lost images in it you can now search the system for images in that folder. First select the drive to search, then click the search button. Unfortunately it is not possible to search across a network. The search may take a little while, especially if there are a large number of lost images. When complete, a list of all the locations where some or all of the lost images were found is displayed in the right hand list box. It is of course quite possible that there may be multiple copies of images in different locations on your system which is why the results of the search are displayed in a list. If a folder in this list has brackets [ ] around it, that is an indication that some but not all of the images were found here. Select one folder from the list where you wish to relocate the ImageDB records. The read only boxes above indicate how many of the images were found in this folder. Click Relocate and the records for the lost images found in this folder will be updated with the new location. You may continue as necessary, stepping through each of the folders of lost images and searching until you have found all of them (or as many as you wish to find for now). Finally click Done to exit the Auto-Find dialog. Note there is no Cancel, as soon as you click Relocate it is permanently done.
Note: I'm not sure why at the moment but if you have a number of images with the same index and just a different extension (for example you may have both JPEG and PSD version of an image) then you may need to repeat the process as the duplicate indices may not be found. I will try and fix this in the future!
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