Overview

ImageDB has two major roles - the first and major one is the management of large numbers of digital images. Currently GIF, PGM, PPM, PNG, TGA, TIFF, JPEG, PCX, Photoshop PSD, Windows BMP, and Mac PICT images can actually be displayed though other file types can be imported and categorised. The intention is to allow fast and easy management of very large numbers of images. The second role is the automatic generation of web sites.

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The Category Tree

One of the main goals of ImageDB is to make it easy to find images based upon a possibly very large number of different categories. For example I may wish to find all images of animals in Peru in the mountains. The management of images is handled using the category tree. This tree is completely user defined and can be extended indefinitely. The tree itself is viewed in much the same way as the folder tree in the left pane of Windows Explorer. Each image can have more than one category associated with it and more than one category can be viewed at the same time. New categories can be added to the tree very quickly and easily.

Physical Organisation

As well as the logical organisation of images using categories and other search criterion, they must also have a physical organisation on your storage media. This can be your hard disk, CD-ROM, removable media (zip, jazz etc.) or over a network. This physical organisation is the organising of the image files into folders, and the unmounting and mounting of those folders.

Viewing Images

To view images you check the different categories that you are interested in and the set of thumbnails displayed will consist of either those images that have every selected categories associated (AND) or any images that have any ONE of the selected categories associated with them. Individual images may now be easily viewed by double clicking the thumbnail and can also be zoomed in and out of as desired. the View Thumbs with data option allows some of the image data to be viewed alongside the thumbnail. Exactly how much data can be displayed depends, to some extent, on your selected thumbnail size.

Image Properties

The properties of a selected image can be viewed through the Image - Edit Properties menu option. This is where the categories associated with an image can be set up along with other associated information such as captions, descriptions, date etc. You can also define additional fields to be associated with each image through the Image - Manage Image Fields menu option.

Named Collections

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.

Slideshows

A slideshow is a display of the current set of images with a user specified interval between each slide. The Slideshow menu options allow the slideshow to be played, paused or stopped and modify the interval.

Creating a web site

A Web site (in the form of a set of HTML files) can be automatically generated. The appearance of this web site is completely flexible; three skeleton template files can be written or the default templates provided with the program used. Into these you insert special ImageDB commands which will insert category lists, tables of thumbnails, images, links etc. By using this technique the base template files can be generated in any manner you choose - from raw HTML or using your favourite HTML editor such as Front Page for example. This allows you complete control over the style and appearance of the web site whilst still giving automated insertion of the actual images and templates

 

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