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Changing the Interface Language

When you install both Daminion Client and Daminion Server you are prompted to select an interface language, which, if necessary, can easily be changed at a later date. Currently available languages are listed below.

Changing Daminion Client interface language

Launch Daminion Client. In the File menu, click the View tab and navigate to Language. Select the desired language from the drop-down menu and click Yes in the confirmation dialog that appears. The change will come into effect once Daminion Client is restarted.

Changing Daminion Server interface language

Launch Daminion Server Administration panel. Click the View tab and navigate to Language. From the drop-down menu select the desired language and click Yes in the confirmation dialog that appears. The change will come into effect once Daminion Client is restarted.

Daminion currently offers the following interface languages:

  • English (United States)
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Française
  • Nederlands
  • Polski
  • Português
  • Русский
  • Slovenčina

Using the Tray

The Tray allows you to quickly create temporary collections from your media assets. It is recommended that you use the Tray only when you want to make a one-time collection, without the need to flag and tag all the items.

Launch the Tray from the File menu via Window -> Tray.

In the tray, you can sort items manually, open them in full screen view, export them or print them. By default, the tray is located at the bottom of the browser window. You can freely change the position of the Tray window or dock it to a specific area – see Customizing the Window Layout.

Add items to your collection by simply dragging them into the Tray window. Alternatively, you can use the Ins key. Press the key once to copy the selected item to the Tray. Press the Ins key a second time to remove the item from the tray.

You can also remove items from the Tray by pressing the Delete key, or by right-clicking the item and then clicking Remove from Tray in the drop-down list.

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When you add items to the tray, they are displayed in a different window and highlighted by a green frame. This is to remind you where the item is actually located.

In the browser window, if you click an item that has been added to the tray, a green frame appears around that item in the tray window. Conversely, when you click an image in the tray, the corresponding image is shown with a green frame in the browser window. This allows you to see at a glance whether or not a particular image is already in the tray.

Thumbnail display in the Browser and in the Tray

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In the right corner of the tray title bar there is a small gear icon. This Symbol allows you to choose between two display modes in the tray. These are: Filmstrip and Thumbnails.

 

In the Filmstrip mode, the thumbnails are displayed without additional metadata information and you can only move the filmstrip horizontally.

When using the Thumbnails mode, the thumbnails are similar to the ones in the browser. Ratings and color labels are additionally displayed and the scroll direction is vertical.

You can also put all items into a collection (you will be prompted to enter a name of the collection) or clear the Tray in one click.

Customizing the Catalog Tags Panel

The catalog tags panel displays various types of annotation called tags. Tags can be used to describe your digital assets. Examples of tags are: Keywords, Categories, Rating, etc.
Some tags, like Title or Description, can be displayed and edited via the Properties panel only.

It makes sense to create different custom presets for different tasks. For example, you can hide any tags that you don’t need for your current activity, e.g. indexing of images. This clears the Catalog Tags panel, which makes it much easier to locate the right tags in the tag tree.

For example, you can customize your tag tree to display Keywords and Authors only.

How to customize the Catalog Tags panel

To customize the Catalog Tags panel, locate and click on the small gear icon in the panel header. This displays a menu with various options. The “Customize…” menu opens a dialog where you specify which tags should be displayed in the Catalog Tags panel, and set their order.

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This opens the “Edit Presets…” dialog.

Configure View Preset

Name your new preset here

Use the bin icon to delete unneeded presets.

These tags belong to the Description group. Select the appropriate check boxes to display them in the tree.

With these buttons, you can

select all or none of the tags with just one click

Use the up and down buttons to change the sorting order of the tags. You can also perform a custom sort by drag&drop the tags directly within the Catalog Tags Panel.

 

 

Manually tags sorting in the Catalog Tags Panel

Click and hold the mouse cursor on one of the tags and drag it to its new position. The new location is indicated by a thin blue line. When you release the mouse, the tag will be moved to the new location.

 

After configuring and naming your view preset, close the dialog with the “OK” button.

Naming the View Preset

The Catalog Tags panel now displays the two previously selected tags only, “Authors” and “keywords”. Your new preset will appear as a new entry in the selection list.

Working with View Presets in the Catalog Tags panel

If you want to display the default preset again, just click on “General”.

You can create multiple presets as described above for rapid recall.

Customizing the Properties Panel

The Properties panel is the main tool for cataloging your data. Once you have selected one or more thumbnails in the browser, the metadata information is displayed here and can be extended to include further information or modify and delete the existing entries.

The tags are arranged thematically in categories such as General, Description, Image, etc. You can open and close these categories by clicking with the left mouse button onto each of them.

The little gear icon in the upper task bar gives you access to the “Edit Presets…” dialog. Here you can specify which tags to display in the properties panel, determine their order and last but not least save these custom presets under your custom name. You can also create and save your own tag presets there as well. On how to do this, please read chapter Creating and assigning custom tag presets.

 

 

Determine the tags to be displayed

To be able to concentrate on the essential points when working with the metadata,  it makes sense to create different custom views for different tasks. For example, you can hide any fields that you don’t need for your current activity, e.g. indexing of images. This clears the Catalog Tags panel, which makes it much easier to locate the right tags in the tag tree.

This can be for example only the keywords and the title field whereas all other information such as e.g. file size or camera recording parameters may not need to be displayed and therefore can be set hidden.

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To create a new custom view, click on the little gear icon on the right side of the Properties title bar and select “Customize…” in the drop-down menu.

This opens the “Edit Presets…” dialog.

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Preset

Here you can name your new preset.

Bin

With the bin icon you can delete unneeded presets.

Tag list

This list shows all tags, which can be displayed in the Properties panel. Unchecking boxes allows you to deselect the tags that are not to be displayed.

Select

With this button, you can select all tags at once.

Deselect

With this button, you can deselect all tags at once.

Sorting

With the up and down buttons you can determine the sort order of the tags.

 

After making the settings according to your preferences and giving the name to the new template, close the dialog with the “OK” button.

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The Properties panel now displays only the two previously selected tag fields “Title” and “Keywords” and your new template will appear as a new entry in the selection list.

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If you want to display the default view again, just click on the entry “Default“.

In the manner described above, you can create multiple views for rapid recall for each purpose.

Customizing the Browser

The Browser is where you view and manage your media files. You decide what you see. It might be one or more files from an individual folder or the results of a query with images from multiple locations. By default, the browser displays items as thumbnails. You can easily change the size of thumbnails and choose what metadata you want to display. Apart from thumbnail view there are several other viewing modes. The Daminion browser works in a similar way to the Windows file browser. You can select single or multiple items, copy and move files using drag and drop, open files by double-clicking and view in full screen mode.

Browser functions

Buttons above and below the browser window allow you to configure browser view and select the information to be displayed. The browser displays Thumbnails differently depending on their status.

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This is the default thumbnail view. File format is displayed above the thumbnail. File name, a summary of camera/lens parameters and file size appear below. You can edit any of these details or expand them to include additional information (more details later in this section).

 

 

 

 

 

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Hold the mouse pointer over thumbnails to display icons with various functions.

 

 

 

 

Ico_Versioning Please read the article on version control

Ico_AssignedTags Please read the article on tagging elements

Ico_Submenu This drop-down actions menu brings together several important functions for quick access.

Ico_ColorTag Please read the article assigning color labels for more information.

Ico_Flag Flag your items here. Please read the article on flagging items for more information

 

 

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Switch between multiple views. Allows you to perform two independent searches with different parameters and then switch back and forth between the two sets of results.

Btn_AddFiles_ENG Launches the import dialog box. Read more about this in the article on Importing.

Btn_ShowAll_ENG Disables all filters and shows all catalog items in the browser.

Btn_Refresh_DE Click this button to manually refresh the browser. Alternatively, press the F5 key.

 

Btn_QuickSearch-2_ENGQuick Search is useful for finding such things as a particular tag. Clicking the magnifying glass icon on the left (1) allows you to select the fields to search for the specified word. Start your search by clicking the magnifying-glass button on the right (2).

 

Btn_Advanced_ENG Opens advanced search dialog box. Please read the article Advanced Search for more details.

 

Btn_Export_DE Export options are described separately in the article on exporting.

 

Btn_Sync_ENG Use this function to keep your catalog metadata in sync with the original files. For more information please read the article on metadata synchronization.

 

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2 File status
Number of items not synchronized with the original file.

Summary_Progress Status during import
During import, background color changes to red and number of items decreases as each one is imported.

1 Current filtered items
Displays number of filtered items followed by total number of items in the catalog.

3 Currently selected items
Displays number of currently selected items, in blue.

Btn_bottom_Sort_ENG Select sort method
Sort items by attributes, name, file size, extension, type, tags and date, or even based on EXIF picture information.

Btn_bottom_Sort-2_DE Sorting order
Set to sort in either ascending or descending order.

 

Browser viewing options:

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Icon-a1 Default thumbnail view
Items are displayed with certain tag information. By default, information appears in one line above the thumbnail and three lines below it.

 

Icon-a2 Square previews
When searching for a specific image among a large number of thumbnails, it can be helpful to display. This creates a smoother, more uniform view and provides Picture Search with a better visual focus.

 

Icon-a3 List view
List view displays all information in tabular form.

 

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Choose which columns you want to display by right-clicking one of the column headers and selecting Customize from the menu. In the configuration menu, select which information to display and in what order.

The Size all columns to fit option automatically adjusts column width according to the length of the heading.

 

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Additional layout options
Click and hold the mouse to open a popup menu (image below) containing additional layout options derived from various combinations of thumbnail, filmstrip and list views.

 

 

 

 

 

Btn_bottom_Settings Use these three buttons (on the right, below the vertical scroll bar) to change the appearance of thumbnail previews:
Click the minus sign to show or hide the information above the thumbnail.
Click the equals sign to show or hide the information below the thumbnail.
Click the letter “i” to open a configuration menu and define the information you want to see above and below the thumbnails. Please read the article on Customizing Thumbnail Captions

 

Btn_bottom_SliderUse the slider to enlarge or reduce the size of thumbnail previews in the browser. If your mouse has a middle wheel, you can zoom in and out by holding down the Ctrl key and rotating the mouse wheel at the same time.

Customizing the Window Layout

Window positioning


You can freely configure the workspace of Daminion according to your preferences. All dialogs with a blue title bar can either be free-floating or permanently docked to certain areas.

The first time you start Daminion, it opens in standard layout, as shown in this screenshot.

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The red outlines indicate the title bars of windows that can be moved.
In order to move or resize a window to your liking, position the mouse over one of the title bars, left-click and hold and pull the window away from the docking area.

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When you hold down the mouse button and move the window, docking icons appear in the workspace, as shown in the screenshot below.

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Moving the window into the vicinity of a docking icon causes an appropriate part of the workspace to turn blue. This indicates that if you release the mouse button, the window will immediately snap to the nearest docking area. If, however, you release the window away from the docking icons (i.e. when it hasn’t turned blue), it becomes a free-floating item.

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Opening and closing windows

Windows can be closed in two ways: either by clicking on the “X” icon in the top right corner of the window or by going to the title bar, clicking on “Window” and, in the drop-down list, unchecking the window(s) you wish to close. Conversely, you can open windows that are closed by re-checking them in the same list.

 

Creating tabs


You can also stack multiple windows so that they arrange themselves as tabs.

DragTabs-2_ENGIn this example, the “Properties”, “Map” and “Preview” windows were sequentially incorporated into the “Catalog Tags” window. In the lower part of the “Catalog Tags” window you can now switch easily between  tab views.

To create these tabs, drag one window to another and place it right in the middle of the docking icon, as shown in the following example.

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In this case, the blue area marks the “Catalog Tags” window, into which we want to place the “Properties” window.

When you place multiple windows on top of one another, they automatically rearrange themselevs as tabs.

 

 

Reset Window Layout

To revert from your custom layout back to the standard workspace, go to the File menu and do the following: click on “Window” -> “Reset Window Layout“. Daminion restarts in standard layout.

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Map View with GPS-Coordinates

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Some cameras and special GPS recording devices extract GPS coordinates and write them into the image files when a photograph is taken. On import, Daminion uses this GPS information to place a corresponding marker on a world map. Image files that don’t contain this GPS information can, at any time, be dragged & dropped (individually or as a group) from the browser into their exact position in map view.

To use the GPS-referencing, you need to be connected to the Internet because the respective suppliers only provide GPS data online.

 

Opening Map View

Navigate to the file menu and click on: “Window” ->” Map“.

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The map can be docked permanently on a particular area in Daminion’s workspace, or free-floating over it. In both cases, you can freely change the size of the map window.  To find out how to undock windows in Daminion, please see the chapter Customizing The Window Layout .

 

Map Functions:

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 Search

Enter a place name in the search field to display the corresponding item directly on the map.

 Source

Select your map data provider here. In addition to Google, you can also use map data from Bing, Yandex, Yahoo or Open Street.

 Map

Select the way you’d like the map to be displayed. You have the following options:

Map
Vector-based view with place and street names – similar to a conventional road map.

Satellite
Bitmap-based representation of the map information based on aerial photographs – doesn’t show street or place names.

Hybrid
A combination of map and satellite views.

 Zoom

Click on the plus or minus icons to zoom in and out of the map or use your mouses’s middle wheel to do the same thing.

 

Marker Icons

Images placed on the map are indicated by a corresponding marker.
These markers can show three different states:

Marker-2  This icon indicates that a certain number of images (as seen on the marker) have been allocated to this particular place.

Marker-1 This indicates that the image is actively selected in the browser – thus making it visually easier to find the selected image on the map.

Marker-3 This group icon indicates that a number of markers are located close together and the current zoom level is too low to show them individually without them obscuring each other. If you zoom in on these markers, they display separately as soon as you reach a suitable zoom level.

 ZoomIn-2Low zoom level                            High zoom level

 

View thumbnails assigned to specific markers

Clicking on the marker icon will open a larger preview image just above the marker. When multiple images are stored, hover the mouse pointer over the left or right edge of the preview to reveal a small arrow buttons that allow you to flick backwards and forwards through the images.

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Right-clicking on the marker opens a menu containing additional options.

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“Show all images at this location”
Select this option to display all images assigned to this marker in the browser window.

Select a Place tag to all images at this location
This option opens a menu where you can manually assign a new place tag by selecting it from the list of place tags already inserted in Daminion.

 

Position information can be found in two different field in the Properties Panel.

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These are the metadata fields for determining the position that must be entered manually.

 

These are the corresponding GPS coordinates. These were either provided by a GPS recording device or by manually drag and drop the images from the browser to the map.

 

If you notice that precise GPS coordinates on the map do not match the location data entered under the Place tag in the Properties panel, select the correct place here, and the new place name will automatically be assigned to the pictures.

 

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Entering a place name in the empty field will open a list of all places with the same name, from which you can select the correct location. The updated location for these images is then registered in the Properties panel.

 

GEO Tagged images in the Tags Panel 

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To view a summary of already tagged and not tagged images, click the “Saved Searches” tab on the left-hand side of the Tags Panel.

For example, you can easily find out which of your images are GEO-Localized and which are not.

 

Basic map settings 

Clicking on the small gear icon in the top right corner of the map window opens the following settings.

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Maximize”
Maximizes the map window to fill the entire screen.

“Zoom map to location of the selected image”
With this option activated, the map displays the pinned position of images currently selected in the browser.

“Display found images only”
Use this setting to display images currently selected in the browser and hides the rest. This is useful if you have set a lot of markers in the same location and they are obscuring or confusing your view of the map itself.

Server Administration Panel

Daminion Server Administration Panel is the central point for setting up metadata handling; managing shared catalogs, users and Daminion licenses; installing web-access; and backing up catalogs.

The front part of the Daminion Server Administration panel shows license information, Daminion Server version, logon user, used ports, and your computer’s name and IP address(es). The three green bullets indicate that the Daminion Server, File Watching and PostgreSQL services are currently active. If these bullets are greyed-out, click Start at the bottom of the panel (replaced by Stop when the server is running).

 

The upper menu bar contains the following three tabs with their associated options:

   Administration

  • Stop Daminion Server stops the Daminion Server. Alternatively, click the Stop button at the bottom of the Daminion Server Administration Panel. When clicked, the Stop button becomes the Start button that launches the Daminion Server, File Watching and PostgreSQL services.
  • Web Access allows you to open your shared catalog in the web-browser. Refer to “Activating Web-Access” for how to get started with Web-Access.
  • License Management is where you enter and delete licenses. For more information please refer to Registering your Daminion license.
  • Catalogs opens the catalog management menu. You can also open it by clicking the blue Catalogs at the bottom of the Daminion Server Administration Panel.
  • Users opens the user management menu. You can also open it by clicking the blue Users at the bottom of the Daminion Server Administration Panel.
  • Preferences opens the dialog box where you can change the Daminion Server settings, adjust metadata handling, and change the security mode. For more information please refer to Daminion Server Metadata Preferences
  • Show logs opens a folder containing the Daminion Log file and other configuration files. The log file is needed for troubleshooting.
  • Exit stops Daminion Server and closes the Daminion Server Administration Panel.

  View

This is where you configure the Daminion Server interface language. Click the View tab, navigate to Language and select your preferred language from the drop-down list. The change will come into effect the next time you restart Daminion Server. For more information please refer to Changing the Interface Language.

 Help

The Help tab provides two options: Help and About

Help -> Help connects you to the Help section on the Daminion website where you can find useful information on how to manage Daminion Client and Daminion Server. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for in Help, please contact our support.

Help -> About opens the About Daminion window, which contains information about the current version of the server.

Daminion Preferences Dialog

You can find the dialog for changing the Daminion settings in the program menu under the “Edit” > “Preferences ...” menu.

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General

Files per Page
Specify the maximum number of elements Daminion shows on each page of the browser. The default is 200, but you can select any value from 200 to 5000.

Cache Size

Specify the size of the cache. You can choose from the following values: 500, 1000 and 2000. The higher the cache value, the more computer memory (RAM) is required. We recommend the default value of 1000.

Set start value of the counter token (%###) for renaming templates

When renaming batches of files, Daminion uses an internal automatically high counting token. Reset the counter or define a specific starting value for your renaming process.

Automatically check for updates

If this option is enabled, Daminion checks for updates on startup.

Check availability of Daminion Server by the ‘Ping’ command (faster)

If this option is enabled, Daminion Client checks if Daminion server available in your environment.

 

Reading Metadata

Treat the following characters as tag hierarchy delimiters when reading metadata

By default, Daminion uses the “|” character to separate Tag hierarchies.
Other programs sometimes use different characters as Tag delimiters. In order to import your metadata correctly, it may be necessary, under certain circumstances, to select the delimiter used by the external program.

Mark Imported Tags as Unapproved

Check this option to prevent your existing tag structure from being damaged when new files are imported.

 

Writing Metadata

Add Camera RAW format support

Define how  Daminion should handle metadata of RAW files.

  • Do not update Metadata
    No metadata will be stored in the RAW file. Neither in the file itself nor in a sidecar file. The information related to a specific RAW file is only stored in the Daminion catalog. Therefore, please be aware that if you open these files with an external application or send them to others by mail, the metadata information will not be available.
  • Write Tags to Sidecar .xmp files (except DNG format)
    Metadata will only be stored in separate sidecar files – not in the file itself, except for the Adobe DNG file format. If you activate this option, Daminion creates a separate sidecar file with the same base name as the RAW file but with the extension*.xmp. This sidecar file contains all the metadata information that was given to that specific file in Daminion. This option gives you the flexibility to have all metadata alongside your RAW-file while your original RAW file remains untouched by Daminion.
  • Write Tags into EXIF/IPTC/XMP
    The metadata will be stored both in the XMP section of the original file and in a separate sidecar file. 

Add video format support

If this option is checked, Daminion writes all assigned tags to metadata of a video file or to XMP sidecar file (for video formats that don’t support embedding of metadata).

Preserve file modified date when updating metadata

If you let Daminion write metadata information directly into files, you can choose whether or not it also updates the file’s modification date.
If you don’t want Daminion to make any changes at all to your master files, do not activate this option. Note that this date/time information will be stored independently within Daminion anyway.

 

Color Management

Apply display color profile

Specify whether Daminion should use a color profile for displaying previews only, for displaying thumbnails only, or for displaying both.

Display Profile

Click Customize to open the Windows Color Management menu and set your preferred Display profile.

Default Input ICC Profile

By default, Daminion uses the sRGB profile to display images that have no color profile embedded

 

Accelerate Preview

Here you can select whether Daminion should accelerate preview of large images and set a maximal JPEG preview size.

 

Proxy Settings

Direct Connection to the Internet
This option is the Daminion default setting.

Automatically detect proxy settings
If activated, Daminion tries to detect the port settings.

Manual proxy configuration
Set the internet access manually by entering a valid IP address and the port number.

 

 

How to configure Daminion Server Service

Daminion Server will be installed on your server computer as a Windows Service. You’ll find it in the Services window.

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Question: “When I clicked on the “Add Files” button in my Daminion Client, and specified a folder with images on a network shared folder, the importing process took no time at all and no files were imported – could you please explain why?”
Answer: Check to make sure that the Daminion Server service account user has read/write permissions to access Documents in network locations. By default, Daminion Server is installed as a Local System account user with no access to network resources.

Daminion Server Service Account User

Locate a folder with documents and grant it read/write access from a Daminion Server Service logon user account. If your computers are part of a Workgroup you should create a user on the remote computer (where Documents are stored) with the same credentials as on your server PC. For example, the user name

If Documents are located on a NAS device, you need to launch the NAS control panel to configure user access rights. After configuring access to remote locations with documents, open a Daminion Client and try to import them. If you have any problems feel free to contact us.

 

 

 

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