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General Discussion / Re: overprinting on image
« on: 2021-03-18 13:53:52 »
You probably mean Image | Stamp in the viewer/editor.

This will print over (a section of) your image, like you asked. However if you prefer to add a border first and print on that, you can use Transform | Crop/Add Border for that. When you enter a negative value for 'amount', a border will be added (with positive values, the image will be cropped).

ThumbsPlus v10 Questions / Re: Photoshop Wont Start
« on: 2021-03-16 20:27:30 »
Some ideas...

Have you tried this also after a reboot? Just to exclude the possibility that you may have a stuck/crashed instance of PS still running in the background, which might keep another session from being launched.

When you go to Options | Customize | Tab:Programs and you Edit your entry for PS, and you use the [...] button to the right of its command line to lookup and select its executable, does that fix the issue?

If not, what I'd probably try next is to create a batch file that launches PS and then run that batch file instead.

Thanks Bernie! Interesting approach, I had not heard of RSP before (I guess the 'dominant' solution for mass-editing metadata is still Exiftool with its cryptic commandline interface).

ISSUE is that this also define a Metadata Date as the current date/time.

That, as such, seems correct. The Metadata Date is simply the last time that the metadata was edited.

When I later use the "Modify File Info" > Set to XMP/EXIF date-time

The File Date-time is set to a "metadata Date" and not the "Camera>Original Date/Time" previously defined!

That's strange. Are you sure that it is setting the time stamp to the Metadata Date and not simply to the current system time? (which of course would also be wrong, but might have a different cause)

Does this also happen when you work with JPG files instead of PNG?

Any Idea?

Maybe bring it to the attention of tech support..:

ThumbsPlus v10 Questions / Re: TP dropping my 5TB Drive
« on: 2021-02-10 00:35:30 »
Does Ctrl-F5 (refresh tree) help, and does Windows' own Explorer show the drive when TP doesn't? Have you thumbnailed at least one file that's on the drive?

What's going on?

Beats me! This is the first time that I hear of C&R producing an error. The 8038 error usually occurs when someone tries to access a database that he has no access rights to (most commonly when people try to use a MySQL database with the wrong username/password combo).

Are you using a plain old .tpdb8 database? Did you see any other errors during the process? Maybe you could try the C&R again having launched TP with full admin rights?

Yes, it will do all of that.

However, I would recommend that you make a backup of the database and the image folder beforehand (as I would recomment before any such 'major operation' :) )  and personally, I would copy rather than move the images, and only delete the source files once I'm satisfied that the operation has been a success.

You will also have to assign a volume label to the new drive, but I guess TP will prompt you for that if the drive doesn't already have a label.

Afterwards, you may want to do 'Database | Advanced | Compact & Repair' to physically free up the space from the old thumbnail records in the database file (if you've used the two-step Copy + Delete appoach rather than Move.. I don't think that Move alone would generate new records. Actually I'm not sure, but it won't hurt, so I'd do a Compact & Repair anyway).

My pleasure! But I wouldn't give up just yet.. you may be close to finding a solution.

(I think it would still be a good idea to make a backup of your database file, though).

Earlier, you said this:

Afters searching by a keyword I switch to the "Fount Files" folder and open a picture in the view mode. Afterwards I use the line File|Go to Folder. That brings me back to the origin Folder every time.

So, your old thumbnail records with the keywords are still there. The big question is what you meant here by 'origin folder'. Because that is where ThumbsPlus was expecting to find the image files!

I no longer have a network, but I do have some external USB drives. When I search for images that are on an external drive (but the drive is not currently connected to the PC), then the full pathname of a found image may be something like this:


Ordinarily, the path would have been I:\FOTO\2018\201808\P12345678.JPG, but because the drive is offline, ThumbsPlus shows it in the tree as <BACKUPDRV2>, which is its volume label between <> signs.

So, I am curious what you are seeing in the place of that <BACKUPDRV2>, and if you can right-click on it in the tree and choose 'Volume Properties' to see why the thumbnail records no longer match the current location of your files.

The outcome of your test was entirely predictable.  That is why I asked, in my first message:  "are you consistently accessing your images through the same path (in the tree panel) as before?"

Do you still have a backup of your database from before you changed your computer? If so, you could take a copy of that database and load it using Database | Open in the menu. Be very sure that "make thumbnails automatically" is still off, and that you do not make any new thumbnails.

Then follow my earlier suggestions of searching for your keywords, to locate the original folders where the images were stored according to ThumbsPlus (or, manually browse until you find the greyed-out folders with your original thumbnails. Maybe they are in Offline Network, but they might also be in a greyed-out drive under Dieser PC). You can check the volume properties of that drive to hopefully see why it no longer matches the current situation. Maybe the drive mapping is different, maybe a volume name or drive serial number has changed, maybe a server name.. but something has definitely changed.

The screenshots show that you have configured TP to not show the network in the tree panel, and that you are accessing the image files through a mapped drive letter, "l:".

So, a possible explanation would be that on the old computer, you did show the network in the tree panel, and you accessed the images through this Network entry in the tree.

To test this, you could turn off "Do not show the network branch" in Options | Preferences | Disks&Folders (and maybe refresh the tree, Ctrl-F5) to see if your old thumbnails can be found under 'Network'.

I have also tested the search function. The keywords entered were recognized. In the directory "Found Files" the found images with keywords were displayed.

I am at a loss as to how to proceed.

Well, as I suggested earlier:

"When one or more files have been found, open one in the viewer/editor and do File | Go to folder. This should take you to the folder where the file with the keyword was found and now you can check if the other files there have their keywords, too."

So, what folder does it take you to?

The volume information looks good. But it's strange that your old thumbnails can also be found under Offline Network, because that would indicate that the NAS is currently down... Or that your old thumbnails are no longer recognized as being from the NAS, but again, the volume information seems to match OK.

Earlier, I also asked: "Before proceeding, could you go to Options | Preferences | Thumbnails and turn 'make thumbnails automatically' off, if it isn't already off?"

So, was 'make thumbnails automatically' on or off?

ThumbsPlus v10 Questions / Re: Bad colors in animated gif
« on: 2021-01-07 13:03:48 »
I suspect that your sample file is corrupt or not fully compliant with the GIF89a specs.  When I use either ThumbsPlus or Irfanview to split it into frames, I get very strange results (frames with different dimensions, different parts of the image, et cetera). When I try to load it into JASC's Animation Shop or into Total Commander's viewer, they even crash.

The default background color for transparent areas is set in Options | File Loading | GIF.

By the change on a new PC, a new PC name was assigned. In the database there is a table 'hosts' in which an 'idhost' is assigned as index to the 'host' name. Here I also find the no longer used name of the discarded PC.

Maybe this is the reason that the keywords entered in the old PC are no longer displayed in the new PC. So I would have to test if this behaves like this.

Yes -- with images that are on a network, ThumbsPlus does use the server name as one of the properties to match the image files with the corresponding thumbnail records in the database.  However, my understanding is that this would be the name of the NAS, not that of the PC.

You could go to Options | Preferences | Tab:Thumbnails and see the section 'Volume matching strategy' (lower right). When you turn 'Match Network Drives Using Share Names' off, ThumbsPlus should use the volume label of the drive instead. Maybe that will solve the problem.

For this I would like to change the entries in the table 'host' to check this. Unfortunately I don't have an ACCESS editor. Do you know any software that can do this?

With MDB Viewer Plus you should be able to edit the fields that you see.

If the above doesn't help..:

Here I could find the pictures by entering of different keywords set in my former DesktopPC.

So, did you go to their folder? What is the name of the volume that the images are stored on, according to ThumbsPlus? Is it shown in grey letters, to indicate that the volume is no longer present? When you right-click on that volume and choose 'Volume Properties', it will show a comparison of its physical location and its database records. Something here may explain why the database records no longer match the physical volume.

When you look at the main screen of ThumbsPlus, there is a toolbar right above the thumbnail listing. There's an icon in it of a yellow lightbulb. When you click on that, is 'keywords' shown as 'On' there as well?

Before proceeding, could you go to Options | Preferences | Thumbnails and turn 'make thumbnails automatically' off, if it isn't already off?

I think you already know and confirmed this, but just to be 100% sure:  When images are on a NAS, there can be multiple ways to access them. For instance, by entering a UNC path, or by going through the network neighborhood, or through a mapped drive letter, or even by IP. With ThumbsPlus, it's very important that you always access your image files the same way as when you made their thumbnails. If you do not (and 'make thumbnails automatically' is on), then ThumbsPlus may show you thumbnails that do not have any keywords even though you have entered them and they are in the database. It's just that ThumbsPlus does not know that \\MyNas\Data\Images\Kids.jpg is the same file as P:\Kids.jpg. To me, this still seems to be the most likely explanation for the problem that you are seeing.

If that is not it, you could try this: Go to Edit | Find, press Clear All, set 'Restrict search' to 'Entire Database', go to the Keywords tab and press 'build list', then double-click on a suitable keyword and press OK to search for it. When one or more files have been found, open one in the viewer/editor and do File | Go to folder. This should take you to the folder where the file with the keyword was found and now you can check if the other files there have their keywords, too.

Are you positively using the same database as before and are you consistently accessing your images through the same path (in the tree panel) as before?

Did you, from outside of ThumbsPlus, change the name of the NAS server, a drive volume name on it or the name of a folder on it?

Did you store your keywords only in the database or also inside the image files (IPTC header of JPG/PNG/TIF) ?

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