Glossary

Active Collection One Named Collection can be made Active, making it the default for viewing and having images added to it. See Named Collections in the Introduction section. See the Collection - Active Collection menu option.
AND Describes an association between selected categories. When multiple categories have been selected for viewing this describes how they will be combined. If AND Categories is selected ONLY those images that have ALL the selected categories will be displayed. This is the AND relationship - only images that have "a AND b AND c AND d etc." will be viewed. See also OR. See the Categories - OR Categories menu option.
Category A topic such as 'travel' or 'sunsets' etc. that can be associated with an image. Each image can have multiple categories associated with it. Categories are used to decide which images are in the view. See the Introduction to the category tree.
Error Log An error log is an automatically generated Named Collection containing images that have had a problem in a recent operation on multiple images. It will be generated when there is a problem and you choose to continue allowing you to review all the images that had a problem after the operation is complete. Each error log will be called "Error Log" followed by a sequential number 001, 002 etc. There is no need to delete these Error Log Named Collections as they will automatically be deleted when you exit ImageDB. To view an error log simply select it as the active collection and then view it.
Image Database The image Database is the combination of the image files, the edited properties for each of the images and optionally the thumbnails for those images.
Importing Images may be imported from outside ImageDB by browsing the file system, selecting images and importing them with the Image - Import Images menu option.
Index The image index is tied to the image file name and will always be the image file name (without the file extension). If you change the index then you will change the image file name as well. Think carefully before doing this! The image index can be edited in Images - Edit Properties
Logical Structure The logical structure of the ImageDB database is the internal organisation of image records by categories etc. See Physical Structure.
Lost Images Lost images are images that are recorded in ImageDB whose actual image file could not be found. This is probably because they have been moved from outside ImageDB (it is best to use ImageDB's move mechanism when possible). Such images can be found with the Edit - Find Lost Images menu options.
Mounted Images See Unmounted Images
Named Collection A Named Collection is a collection of images from the database that can be saved and accessed repeatedly. It may typically be used for organising slideshows, creating subset databases, or subset web sites. One Named Collection can be made Active, making it the default for viewing and having images added to it. See Named Collections in the Introduction section.
OR Describes an association between selected categories. When multiple categories have been selected for viewing this describes how they will be combined. If OR Categories is selected ALL those images that have ANY of the selected categories will be displayed. This is the OR relationship - all images that have "a OR b OR c OR d etc." will be viewed. See also AND. See the Categories - AND Categories menu option.
Physical Structure The physical structure of the ImageDB database is the physical location of the images files linked to by the image records in ImageDB. See Logical Structure.
Slideshow A slideshow is a display of the current set of images with a user specified interval between each slide. See the Slideshow menu options and also the Slideshow introduction.
Thumbnail Thumbnails are small copies of your image files which allow for faster loading of the images displayed on your screen. Whilst ImageDB can run without thumbnails it will run much faster if you provide them and they are required for website generation. The thumbnails can either be stored in the same locations as the main image files or stored in a local thumbnail folder. If storing them with the main image files they will use a prefix or suffix specified in the program options View - Options. If storing them locally they will use an automatically generated name and will be stored in the local thumbnail folder specified in View - Options. In Image - Create Thumbnails/Auto Create Thumbnails you can generate thumbnails for either selected images or automatically for all images in the database that do not currently have thumbnails and they can also be generated automatically when images are imported.
Unmounted Images Folders (and their sub-folders) can be unmounted. In this state the image data is still retained in the ImageDB database but the images will no longer be displayed. This allows for images to be stored on a CD that may be unmounted and then removed. It may be re-mounted at a later time. See Folder Organisation and Mounted and Unmounted Images and Local Thumbnails.
View Mode There are several different View Modes available. Browsing allows you to browse any images on the machine. Unrecorded shows imported images that have not yet been merged into the database. The others are all different views into the database. See the View menu.

 

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