Sebastian Schubert | 1 May 09:22 2010

Re: Albums: how do you organize them?

Hi Micha,

On Friday 30 April 2010 22:44:55 Micha Neubauer wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I'm just curious how you organize your albums in digikam.
> 
> Many of you organise your photos with tags, very often they seem to be
> organised hierarchically. Do you then tag the whole hierarchy or just the
> lowest one? For example: Europe/France/Paris/Montmartre
...
> Then later on I might decide to move the Montmartre tag away from Paris and
> put it under Europe/France/Hills/Montmartre. What happens then to the tags
> which are written in the metadata (IPTC or XMP)? When I always tag the
> whole hierarchy it is a lot of work and might end in a mess. But when I
> only tag Montmartre, I do not have an easy possibility to just filter all
> images of Paris or France.

There is the possibility to get all Paris pics. Just right click on "My tags" 
and choose Select -> Children on Paris. You can also make this the default: 
Toggle Auto -> Children. So guess your question is answered. ;) At least I tag 
only the very last item, Montmartre in this case.

HTH,
Sebastian

PS:  <at> others: Thanks for the input, I'll try a bit and describe the result 
later.
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G NoSpam | 1 May 11:40 2010
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Problems with digikam 1.3.0 and kubuntu 10.04

Hi all,

after updating to kubuntu 10.04 and the newest svn version of digikam I experience serious problems. When starting digikam, I see a small window saying

Error connecting to database
digikam will try to automatically reconnect to the database

but it apparantly doesn't manage to reconnect and is stuck.

In the konsole, it says all the time

digikam(10504)/digikam (core): Error while opening the database. Error details [ QSqlError(-1, "Fehler beim Öffnen der Datenbank", "unable to open database file") ]


Has anybody else experienced this behaviour and maybe knows a way around it?

Best,
Gandalf

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jim junk | 1 May 21:49 2010
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Re: Albums: how do you organize them?

There are two taging system.  The older IPTC and the newer XMP.  In the right window you can click on METADATA and see the tags for both types.  The IPTC tags don't support hierarchies but the XMP tags do.  So if you need to have IPTC tags then you need to click on each item in the hierarchy but if XMP is what you want then just click on the last item int the hierarchy and you get everything above it.

The great thing about hierarchical tags is that you can come in anywhere in the hierarchy and get everything below that point.  So to use your example in the Europe/France/Paris/Montmartre tag you could go to the left window>Tags>click on Paris and you would get all the tags and images that are below that level including Montmartre.  You could also click on France and get all of the tags and images below that hierarchy including Paris and Montmartre.

If you move the tag like you mentioned the old tag is erased and a new tag created and if you have Digikam set up right the changes will be written to both the database and to the images.
You could however just create a new tag and still have the Paris query option.

I highly recommend experimenting with tags and comments and templates as they don't always seem to work the way I think they will.  That's probably my problem but remember that we can always change things by reordering the heirarchy and we can use the existing tags to assist us.



> From: schubert.seb-gM/Ye1E23mwN+BqQ9rBEUg@public.gmane.org
> To: digikam-users-RoXCvvDuEio@public.gmane.org
> Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 09:22:44 +0200
> Subject: Re: [Digikam-users] Albums: how do you organize them?
>
> Hi Micha,
>
> On Friday 30 April 2010 22:44:55 Micha Neubauer wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I'm just curious how you organize your albums in digikam.
> >
> > Many of you organise your photos with tags, very often they seem to be
> > organised hierarchically. Do you then tag the whole hierarchy or just the
> > lowest one? For example: Europe/France/Paris/Montmartre
> ...
> > Then later on I might decide to move the Montmartre tag away from Paris and
> > put it under Europe/France/Hills/Montmartre. What happens then to the tags
> > which are written in the metadata (IPTC or XMP)? When I always tag the
> > whole hierarchy it is a lot of work and might end in a mess. But when I
> > only tag Montmartre, I do not have an easy possibility to just filter all
> > images of Paris or France.
>
> There is the possibility to get all Paris pics. Just right click on "My tags"
> and choose Select -> Children on Paris. You can also make this the default:
> Toggle Auto -> Children. So guess your question is answered. ;) At least I tag
> only the very last item, Montmartre in this case.
>
> HTH,
> Sebastian
>
> PS: <at> others: Thanks for the input, I'll try a bit and describe the result
> later.

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jim junk | 2 May 03:05 2010
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Re: Albums: how do you organize them?

I use different methods at home and at work.  At work I use Windows Live Photo Organizer (wlpo).  I haven't been able to get Digikam to play nice with Windows XP.  I have wlpo download the images from the camera.  Wlpo groups the photos according to the date and time they were taken and then lets me have an option to add a name.  I generally use a name to describe the location of the photos and wlpo automaticly adds the date and time so I can add any name I want and still have a unique folder name.

I have wlpo place the photo folders on the desktop were they will remain until they are ready to be archived.  First I delete the bad photos then I use wlpo to create the panorama photos.  I work in a large park in the state of Florida, USA and many of the photos I take are to document what a place looks like in a particulate place and time and panorama photos are best for that.

Next I geocode all the images using Copic photo mapper.  Photo mapper uses a tack log gpx file from from a GPS unit that was recording the location at the time the photos were taken.  Photo Mapper takes the date and time on the photo and uses that to find the location for that date and time in the track log and then writes the lat/Lon to the photo.

Next I tag the photos.  I use lots of tags and most are hierarchical.  Sometimes I use the comment field to add additional information that might not be readily apparent from looking at the photo.  Then last I move the folder in to the photo archive and I'm done.

The important point is that I never use the name of the folder that the photos are in to find or locate photos.  I always use the tags to find what I'm looking for.  As I have Microsoft search 4.0 on my office computer I can use boolean searches in Microsoft search to find photos by searching for tags and never have to open wlpo.

At home I use a somewhat similar procedure except that I use Digikam to tag, organize and geocode photos.  I use Gebabbel to download the track file from the GPS as a GPX file.  At home I generally give the folders a place name (the place the photo was taken) and some of the places have a hierarchy; that is nested folders.  So I have folders like Georgia 2007 and Wyoming 2008.  Both of those folders are found in a folder hierarchy like Places/Georgia/Georgia 2007 and Places/ Wyoming/Wyoming 2008.  Yes I could just use the year but the folders started out not being in a hierarchy.  I use a template to add standard boiler plate to the photos.  Many of the folder names have a year added on the end but not all.  Mostly I use tags to find the images I'm looking for.

Remember as most images are geocoded with lat/lon I can use Digikams Map Search to find images taken at different locations.  This feature alone can justify why you want to use Digikam.  I absolutely love that feature; GO DIGIKAM!  Now if I could only get it to play well with XP at work.

> From: schubert.seb <at> googlemail.com
> To: digikam-users-RoXCvvDuEio@public.gmane.org
> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 23:18:57 +0200
> Subject: [Digikam-users] Albums: how do you organize them?
>
> Hi,
>
> I'm just curious how you organize your albums in digikam. My idea is not to
> just use the date -- I can get that automatically -- but to have albums like
> that Party / Peter's Birthday 50th or holidays / 2010 Prague etc.
>
> Maybe there are still better ideas out there.
>
> Anyway, a bit off topic, this is my general workflow with bibble and geotag for
> digikam:
>
> http://nablasquared.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/raw-workflow-with-geotag-bibble-
> and-digikam/
>
> Comments also appreciated.
>
> Cheers
> Sebastian

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Mark Fraser | 2 May 10:03 2010
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Re: Thumbnails missing after loading

On Friday 30 Apr 2010 16:46:39 Vivek Prakash wrote:

> 
> On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:24 AM, Mark Fraser
<kde@...> 
wrote:
> > OK trying again with this.
> > I'm using Digikam 1.2 on Kubuntu 10.04. When I load Digikam configured to
> > show the calendar view, it just shows an empty window. If I click on a
> > different month and then back again the images are visible.
> > 
> > Have tried refreshing the thumbnails, but that didn't work.

> Hi Mark,
> 
> I find that on Calendar view I need to click on a year or month to
> show pictures if I arrive from Album view.  I don't know if this a bug
> or a design choice.  Does this help?

If Digikam starts up in album view then the photos are visible, if it starts 
up in calendar view I have to click on another month/year and then back to see 
the photos.

So it seems like a bug to me.
Sebastian Schubert | 2 May 20:43 2010

Re: Albums: how do you organize them?

On Thursday 29 April 2010 23:20:24 gerlos wrote:
> Il giorno 28/apr/2010, alle ore 23.18, Sebastian Schubert ha scritto:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I'm just curious how you organize your albums in digikam. My idea is not
> > to just use the date -- I can get that automatically -- but to have
> > albums like that Party / Peter's Birthday 50th or holidays / 2010 Prague
> > etc.

> At the moment I prefer to organize my albums/directories in a tree like
> this: <year>
> 	<date>-description
> 	<date>-description

I think I'll do it similarly. Not the very perfect solution (Silvester party 
should belong in one folder, not two, ...), nonetheless rather fast to use and 
convenient to use.

I updated my blog correspondingly.

Thanks to everybody's input!

Sebastian
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Sebastian Schubert | 2 May 20:59 2010

Hide "My Albums" and collection name

Hi,

is there a way to hide "My Albums" and the collection name in the albums view? 
My monitor is not very wide. These two levels are always visible but without 
any information for me.

Cheers
Sebastian
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Gilles Caulier | 3 May 08:12 2010
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Re: Hide "My Albums" and collection name

No, it's not implemted, and it will be difficult to hide collection
name, at least. It's possible certainly for "My Album". As digiKam
support multiple root albums, how to separate entries if collection
names are removed ?

Gilles Caulier

2010/5/2 Sebastian Schubert <schubert.seb@...>:
> Hi,
>
> is there a way to hide "My Albums" and the collection name in the albums view?
> My monitor is not very wide. These two levels are always visible but without
> any information for me.
>
> Cheers
> Sebastian
>
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Gilles Caulier | 3 May 08:36 2010
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Re: Problems with digikam 1.3.0 and kubuntu 10.04

Look there : http://websvn.kde.org/?view=revision&revision=1115277

Gilles Caulier

2010/5/1 G NoSpam <gandalf.nospam@...>:
> Hi all,
>
> after updating to kubuntu 10.04 and the newest svn version of digikam I
> experience serious problems. When starting digikam, I see a small window
> saying
>
> Error connecting to database
> digikam will try to automatically reconnect to the database
>
> but it apparantly doesn't manage to reconnect and is stuck.
>
> In the konsole, it says all the time
>
> digikam(10504)/digikam (core): Error while opening the database. Error
> details [ QSqlError(-1, "Fehler beim Öffnen der Datenbank", "unable to open
> database file") ]
>
>
> Has anybody else experienced this behaviour and maybe knows a way around it?
>
> Best,
> Gandalf
>
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Jonas Norlander | 3 May 13:41 2010
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Re: Hide "My Albums" and collection name

On 3 May 2010 08:12, Gilles Caulier <caulier.gilles@...> wrote:
> No, it's not implemted, and it will be difficult to hide collection
> name, at least. It's possible certainly for "My Album". As digiKam
> support multiple root albums, how to separate entries if collection
> names are removed ?
>
> Gilles Caulier
>

It could be done the way Amarok are using to show different
collections. Doing it that way you get one "level" less and saving
some space. Personally i thing that would be a good solution.

/ Jonas

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