Mario M. Westphal

Mario M. Westphal

Lives in Germany Germany
Works as a Software Developer and Photographer
Has a website at www.photools.com
Joined on Jul 25, 2001
About me:

Mario M. Westphal is the Lead Developer for photools.com. He develops professional applications for digital image management and image matching.

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  • There are many DAM applications and systems on the market. Each with slightly different feature sets and audiences. Whatever works for you is good. If you like Mylio, go for it, by all means. From ...
  • Feel free to post a feature request in the official feature request board in the IMatch community. Other users can see your request and comment. And if your request gets some +1 from other users, I ...
  • Ctrl+Del will delete a file and all associated data after a security prompt. This prompt cannot be disabled for very good reasons. This is a proven concept. Users want to delete files in various ...
  • Pressing <Del> in IMatch marks a file for deletion (it gets the "reject" XMP rating). Rejected files are displayed in a special way in the file window. You can filter for them and the "Rejected ...
  • If you produce the initial XMP record with Lightroom, you have a quite good import and EXIF/IPTC/GPS mapping into XMP. It would be interesting to see what Mylio does alone in this area. When you ...
  • Some additional thoughts based on my daily experience, as the author of IMatch : One important aspect to consider is standard compliance . How good is your DAM of choice when it comes to deal with ...
  • Yes, do that. IMatch Design & Print may surprise you, because it has many features not found in other 'print' products. Play with it for some time to see if it can help you achieve what you want. I ...
  • I know that quite a number of IMatch users run it on a Mac using Parallels or one of the 'run Windows software on a Mac' solutions available. If this would work for you, I don't know. The unique IM ...
  • The best place to ask IMatch questions is the IMatch community . Not this dpreview board. IMatch processes RAW files via the installed WIC codec (see WIC Support ) which is the standard for RAW ...
  • If you have never used a DAM, all this is hard to explain in a few words. A DAM allows you to find any file in seconds after many criteria (see the Lr example posted above). DAM manages your images ...
  • IMatch uses an object-relational approach and SQLite as the base storage engine. I don't recommend fiddling with the database using external tools, because you may damage it. Instead, use the ...
  • I don't have the 'content-generation resources' of Adobe, but in addition to the  mentioned IMatch community there is the excellent IMatch,Help System which explains every feature in great detail, ...
  • IMatch handles off-line resources (files not accessible int he file system but indexed by the database). Searching, sorting, filtering etc. always works and you can see the thumbnails of your ...
  • IMatch has a capable Lightroom Importer which supports you with transferring your catalog, keyword list, collections etc. The importer is offered as an option when you create your database. And ...
  • That's good then. One problem is often that you have several sets of keywords in your files. Up to 3  (legacy IPTC keywords, flat XMP keywords, hierarchical XMP keywords). Depending on the source ...
  • I recommend to look at the actual metadata written by Bridge. Different versions of Bridge appear to have different issues with properly dealing with hierarchies, flattening keywords, mapping ...
  • This is the important bit. No software should lock you in by storing your metadata in some sort of proprietary database / cloud or making it hard / impossible to get your data out if you decide to ...
  • IMatch Anywhere WebServides™ require a Windows system to run. If your NAS has sufficient resources, you can run it in a virtual machine (Virtual Box, Virtual PC etc.). This also adds another layer ...
  • Finding any image in seconds and automatically organizing your files by many criteria is one of the key aspects of any DAM. Let the computer do the work. Tasks like "Show me the files from the ...
  • Yup. Unless you get paid for it ;-) you can do only so much keywording before your brain boils out of your ears. And artificial intelligence is not good enough - yet . Doing keywording and metadata ...
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