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.

Once images have been loaded into ImageDB they should not be moved to new location using external applications (such as Windows Explorer) as this will leave ImageDB with broken links to its image files. should you either be forced to do this or do it accidentally there are mechanisms in ImageDB to search for these "lost images" and re-link to them. However the correct approach is to use ImageDB for such organisation.

Moving and Copying Images
There are two main ways of managing your physical organisation. Image - Move/Copy Images can be used to easily move or copy selected images to a new location (folder). The Folder Organisation dialog can be used to move or copy whole folders (and their sub folders) of images to a new location.

Unmounting and Mounting Folders
Also in Folder Organisation you can unmount folders without losing ImageDB's stored records of data in these folders and at a later time they can be re-mounted. This facility allows images to be moved to other media such as a CD and still be accessible to ImageDB. First the folder to be moved to CD is unmounted then it can be burnt to the CD using your normal CD burning application. Later (when the CD is again in your CD drive) the images can be mounted by navigating to their CD location.


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