1.Why is a data base more efficient as an ingenious folder structure
or as thumbnail overviews or as an IPTC fulltext search?
21.How can I open various Fotoalbums from the
Among the advantages of an image data base software are: creating custom keyword fields, the use of stored queries, diverse combinations when searching for keywords with AND, OR, NOT. GERBING Fotoalbum 15 can import keywords from EXIF or IPTC fields but also write back database keywords into IPTC fields. Thus you do not need third-party software for generating metadata.
No, however it is no fault because you then better understand the
power of the program and can better use the functions for finding.
GERBING fotoalbum uses a Microsoft Access data base or a sql
server data base. There is no need to have installed Microsoft
Access on your computer to run GERBING Fotoalbum. Only a few
expert tasks in the Professional Version can not be executed without
an installed Microsoft Access. To run the sql server version you
must have installed a Microsoft sql server.
Yes, but you can assign the keywords groupwise which are same for a
group of files (with the tool Fotosmdb) just with Drag&Drop from the
Windows Explorer. The standard data base fields are 'year situation
location country people comment'. You do not need to deliver
keywords for each data base field. In the extreme case you can let
empty all data base fields, but it will be difficult then to find a
'Free keywords' means, you need not to define the keywords in a
previous step. For example you can allocate a whole series of 'free
keywords' to the field 'situation', as '10th anniversary class
reunion goethe school'. You can define user defined keyword fields
in the professional version.
You can edit the keywords (new, change, delete) of the files easily
directly in a list window. In the list window you see many lines,
one line and optionally one thumbnail for every foto/video. You must have write access to edit
At the program start you see a search mask with fields, where you
shall enter your keywords. If you enter nothing, you find all files
which there are in the data base. If you enter keywords, you only
find the files which are described by these keywords. The user has
the choice, whether he looks for free keywords or only for keywords
which guaranteed are available. When you enter keywords into the
search mask you can choose whether the keywords shall be connected
by 'OR' or by 'AND'. Default is 'AND'. Additionaly you can search by
'AND' for the file date or part of the filename.
Yes, to move the files including data base on CD or DVD or USB stick
or network drives is possible without a loss of synchronisation
between the files and the data base and you can also work with the
CD or DVD or USB stick directly. If you move all files including the
data base to a network drive you can for example create a central
foto archive for all members of your company.
The program has an 8-year maturity time from 1997 to 2005 behind
itself before it was introduced to the public. In this maturity time
the program was judged again and again by its users (programmer
colleagues, friends, members of the family), examined and rubbed
smooth, with the result:
You get access to further hints for the professional version, if you
download and install the shareware version. Then read in the file
Fotos.chm under 'search criteria', please. The help file describes
all functions, thus also those of the Professional version.
-BatchHistogramCorrection.exe program for histogram correction for
pale images in batch mode
15.1. What is a multi user environment?
1. Download the latest Download file.
It is a known behaviour of a Microsoft Access data base that it
blows up after some time. If you suspect this, start 'Fotos.exe' and
end the program immediately by clicking the close cross. You get
some reference values for a better assessment here. A data base with
10.000 records is about 2,5 MB large, a data base with 50.000
entries is about 12,0 MB large.
Sometimes it happens, that you can not find the program group
'GERBING Fotoalbum' or it was deleted or what else so ever. Now
you stand before the problem to create the link 'Fotos ' by
yourself. Here you get a description how to create this link in XP.
In later operating systems it is similar:
19.1.Tip for the relocation of a fotoalbum from one location to
another on the same computer: Another location can be a different
hard drive, an external hard drive, an USB stick, a drive on the
network. You must observe the rules of the trinity than you can move
or copy the fotoalbum by the windows explorer to the new location.
That is all you have to do. If you run 'fotos.exe' from the new
location, it just has to work as at the old location.
The most important step is that you combine all foto/video files below one folder (fotoalbum folder). Under the fotoalbum folder you should create year folders (four-digit years) under the year folders you can but do not need to create other folders. In the fotoalbum folder must run GERBING Fotoalbum or must be installed there. You then create the database quite easily, if your fotos contain IPTC fields. If this is not the case, you should create the database step by step by the function Check3 of the tool Fotosmdb. Step by step take a group of fotos that can be described with the same keywords. You do this until the function Check3 does not report errors. If you then want to attach individual key words to your fotos, you have to either scroll through the fotoalbum or search at first for known keywords.
1.You need the professional version to search for user defined database fields.
2.You must create the following user defined database fields: GPSLatitude and GPSLongitude. In the access version it must be data type Double and in the sql server version the data type float. For this you contact the Access administrator or SQL Server administrator.
3.1 When you add new geo-tagged fotos into the database you need to define from which EXIF field the fields GPSLatitude or GPSLongitude should be filled, eg EXIF-GPSLatitude and EXIF-GPSLongitude.
3.2 You can also subsequently let fill the fields GPSLatitude and GPS Longitude, see Filename list -> select and execute an action... -> field update by repeated import
4.When searching, you have to search for the user defined database fields GPSLatitude and GPSLongitude. This is done via the button 'user defined fields ...' -> search fotos with GEO position -> then draw a rectangle with the mouse on a Map Neck you selected. The fotos then found are from this area.
There are two variants: