Image - Import Images

This option will only be available after you have browsed to a location containing image files and have selected some or all of those files. However see below for using drag and drop to import images.

The database will first be checked for duplicate indices. The index of each image being imported will be checked to see if it already exists in the database and if so you will be given the option to add it as a duplicate or skip it or add all duplicates or skip all duplicates. Note it is generally unwise to have duplicate image indices even if they are in different locations as it can cause later confusion.

Leave, Copy or Move
You have the options of either leaving the images in their current location, copying them to a new location (this will leave copies in their original location) or moving them to a new location (this will not leave copies behind).

If you have chosen Move or Copy it could fail for a number of reasons. The most likely being that there is already a file of that name at that location, or the source file does not exist (attempting to move an image that had not been found). Either way if you choose to continue all the images that failed the move/copy will be listed in an Error Log.

Create Thumbnails
Thumbnail files can be optionally generated at the same time. It is strongly recommended that you use this option or generate the thumbnails yourself using your own thumbnail program. In this case you must ensure you use the same thumbnail prefix/suffix as specified in View - Options and place them in the same folder as the image files. This will allow normal loading of the database to run faster and is required for the generation of web sites. Non-displayable image files will not have thumbnails created. All thumbnails will be generated as JPEG images.

If the images being imported already have thumbnails that conform to the naming convention specified in View - Options, and you do not select the thumbnail creation option then these thumbnails will be used. However if you do select the create thumbnails option they will be overwritten.

Local Thumbnails
Each thumbnail will be given a name corresponding to the image's internal ID number (this number can be viewed in Image Properties) and will be stored in the database local thumbnail folder (see View - Options).

Categorising before importing

Images that you have browsed to can be categorised either before or after they have been imported. Whilst it is normally easiest to categorise them after importing, it sometimes can be easier to do it first. Un-imported images that have been categorised will be displayed with a green surround. If an attempt is made to change to a different viewing mode before such images have been imported you will be warned that this data will be lost if you continue.

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop can be used to import images. Simply drag image files from another application such as My Computer or Windows Explorer to import those images into ImageDB.


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