The first time you run imgSeek, an empty database is created, and later saved to the file "~/.imgseek/img-db.iqd". You can populate it on the "Add images" tab.
Before clicking on the "Add" button, you should choose type (or click on the "..." button) the full path of the directory you wish to add. Then click the "Add" button and wait. A progress dialog will appear so you can see how the process is going or Abort it.
This process is extremely slow for large photo collections, so please be patient. On a next version I'll try hard to make it faster.
Sometimes it is useful to filter the files you add, for example, to exclude any thumbnails dirs and files, you could enter "tn" on the string restriction and "50" for the size.
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You may browse the photos on the current collection by directory or by similarity on the "Browse images" tab.
When browsing by Files the paths you added are listed on the left tree-view inside the Volumes they belong to.
Right-click a path on the tree-view for more options.
Also try right-clicking the thumbnails on the right.
By double-clicking a thumbnail, you will start a query for images similar to the one you clicked.
All images should belong to a group, if you don't specify one when you add files to your collection, they will belong to the "Orphan" group.
You may remove, rename or describe groups by right-clicking on them. You may also select items and then drag and drop into another group.
Before starting the automatic Grouping process, you may want to specify a threshold for grouping similar images together.
After the automatic grouping is done, you will have on the left icon-view thumbnails of photos representing the groups. Click on them to show the photos belonging to this group on the right icon-view.
by System Files
Clicking on a directory with images in it will make them appear on the thumbnail view, and clicking on a thumbnail or on a file that is an image, will make it appear on the image preview pane. Try right-clicking them for more options
First choose the query source and then click on the "Search" button.
You may want to query for images similar to another photo that is not on your collection, to do so, select the "Import" tab, click on the "Choose..." button and pick the file. The selected query will be displayed.
On the "Draw" tab, click on the color widget to pick the desired color, which will be displayed on the little color rectangle. You may change the brush thickness by moving the little horizontal slider.
Throughout imgSeek, whenever you double-click a thumbnail, the clicked image will be used as a query source and all similar images will appear on the thumbnail view in the Search tab.
To search for keywords on metadata, click on the "Search" tab, then on "by Keyword". To add/remove query fields, right-click on the table.
You may use one of the cached metadata field names by choosing it on the drop-down combo box on the first column. You can also supply your custom field that may be present on some images by simple editing the text on the combo-box.
On the image preview panel you may zoom in and out or fit the image to window by right-clicking on it.
If you right-click any thumbnail or directory, you will see a pop-up menu, where you may choose to start a slideshow on that directory or show the clicked file on real size.
When doing a slideshow, you may press:
- "Esc" - Stops slideshow
- "Space" - Jump to the next slide or file on the current dir or category
- "Backspace" - Jump to the previous slide or file on the current dir or category
- "R" - Toggles Random jumping
Right-click any image on your database (on it's thumbnail or file item while browsing by Group or File) and chose the "Edit metadata" option.
On the "Image properties" dialog, you may choose which data field to change from the combo boxes on the 1st column of the table.
Right-click a row to Add or Remove a field. Double click a cell on the Value column to change it.
By clicking on the Next/Previous/Apply button on the top of this dialog, the changes you've made to this file will be saved.
You may also use CTRL+N (Next) and CTRL+P (Previous) to navigate.
To apply the metadata info you entered on a table to ALL images on a previously selected group, click the "Edit Batch" tab, and choose the work batch you want to apply it to. Be careful, because when you click on the "Apply" button, the fields specified on the table will be applied to every single image inside the groups/dirs/volumes on the selected batch, overwriting any previous values.
First you must populate a work batch with the directories/groups/volumes/similarity groups that you want to include on the HTML album. To do so, right click on what you want to include, and then choose "Add to batch".
If you right click on an empty area of the Groups listview, you may include all root groups on the web album.
There are two ways to create the album: (1) Place all generated html and thumbnails on the same directory where the original target images are, or (2) placing everything on a separate directory.
On the second mode, you may also choose whether you want to copy all images to the destination dir or if you want to simply symlink them to the target dir (thus saving disk space and keeping a cleaner dir tree)
A work batch is a way to group different sets of images. You can create work batches consisting of a Volume, system directory, keyword group, database directory, etc, all mixed up.
To add/edit/remove work batches, invoke the Batch Editor dialog on the "Tools/Edit work batch" menu option.
Some features like Web Albums and Metadata Editing that can work on a set of photos, require you to specify which work batch you want to apply changes to.
To populate a work batch, right click on what you want to include, and then choose "Add to batch".
If you right click on an empty area of the Groups listview, you may include all root groups on a batch.
With "Groups" (sometimes referred as "logical groups" or "keyword groups") you can organize your collection of photos located on different media and directory structure into logical groups. Logical groups will be stored inside imgSeek's database, and every group will contain only references to other child groups and photos.
Keep in mind that currently, groups can be nested, and images may belong to more than one group.
Make a web gallery with comments
- Populate you database with images using the "Add" image tab.
- Add comments to each image. First bring up the Metadata Editor, by right-clicking the image (it's thumbnail or entry on the File browser) and choosing the "Edit metadata..." option on the context-menu.
- Add all images of interest to a Work batch: For example, if they are in a directory, right click on their directory (while browsing by File) and select "Add to batch". You can examine and manage the current work batch on the "Tools -> Work batch" menu option.
- Then on the "Tools" menu you have the "Create HTML album" option. Select it.
- You should then see the current work batch contents. If this is the target you want, click Next
- On this next page, select which captions you want. If you entered comments as the "Description" meta field, select it, by clicking on it's name and then clicking on the right arrow. Then click on Next
- Then you need to choose all options related to the destination of your html album. A common choice would be placing everything on a specified path. Then click "Finish" and you are done.
Populating a work batch
- You can add to a Work batch a single image, a directory of images, a group of images or a volume of images. Note that adding a Volume means all images inside this volume will belong to this batch. The same applies for directories and groups.
- To do so, right-click on the item (ie, on the image item while browsing, or the Volume name while browsing by Files), and select "Add to batch"
- Done. You can later remove or create new batches for later usage using the Batch editor. To open it, choose the "Work batch" option under the "Tools" menu.
Removing duplicate files on your collection
- First create a work batch with all the images where you want to look for duplicates. Generally you may want to add individual Volumes to a batch. Refer to the previous howto entry. Then click Next
- The Luminance comparison is really fast and works most of the time, so you should choose that if you have a huge collection. You may also specify other common properties to be taken into account when looking for duplicates. Then click "Next" and it should start showing results.
- To remove an image, select it and click on the Garbage icon (top right corner of the wizard dialog). You may select multiple images by CTRL-clicking them.
Sometimes referred as "database" or "image collection". A collection is stored on a single database file on disk (probably ~/.imgseek/img-db.iqd) and will store:metadata extracted from images you added to your collection (using the Add tab)logical groupsbatches you created on previous sessionshistory datasimilarity groups calculated on previous sessions