IMAGE EDITING WITH IVIEW MEDIAPRO 2.5iView MediaPro 2.5 is a feature-rich tool for photographers, illustrators, designers, graphic artists and just about anyone who needs to manage images, sounds, video or other digital content. These tips outline some specific ways in which the program has helped me to streamline my editing, especially with regard to viewing, selecting and cataloging RAW files from every digital camera I've owned or tested. If you'd like to play along, a trial version can be downloaded at www.iview-multimedia.com.
For high quality digital camera file editing, I recommend first turning off 'use built-in thumbnails' under iView>Preferences in OSX or Edit>Preferences in Windows. An easy way to then catalog image files is to drag a folder of images onto a new iView window. The program will then read each file and make a thumbnail for each, based on the thumbnail size set in the Size Menu (A). I generally choose from between 320x320 to 640x640 for editing, and 640x640 is the maximum thumbnail size. Double clicking on any thumbnail launches the media view, which shows a large preview and gives the ability to zoom into images to check focus and image quality, with some of the same shortcut tools as Photoshop, such as the space bar as a hand tool and cmd/ctrl + or - for zoom. Double clicking again will return to the thumbnail view.
Moving Files with Style
If you use a digital camera, you've probably noticed that the media card when mounted has a main folder (often named DCIM) and a number of subfolders (i.e., 336CANON). If the DCIM folder is dropped into iView, all the images from all the subfolders will be cataloged, and all the images from all the subfolders will be visible with no folder icons showing inside the window. This is a good thing because it allows for the use of the 'Move to Folder' command located either under the Action menu (B), or by right clicking (ctrl clicking on Mac) and selecting 'Move to Folder'. Be sure to select all the files first before moving them, and when you are done with the move to a new folder, you should double check all the subfolders to make sure no files were missed. On some Canon models, .thm files (one for each RAW file) will be left behind after moving the RAWs, but they are not critical, and can be deleted along with the subfolders.
Keywords & Labels
The program's keyword feature offers a great way to segment a photo shoot into different parts, such as photos selected as good, better, best or final. To create keywords, select 'Add New Entry' a few times from the Organize menu (C), name the keywords, and then drag and drop from the main catalog onto the appropriate Keywords. Then, whenever a keyword is selected in the Organize menu, only the images that were dropped onto that keyword will be visible. To view all images in the catalog, just click on the house icon at the top left of the main window (D).
Labels are very helpful for tagging images, and they can be assigned by selecting one or more images followed by pressing any number key (0 clears the label). After labeling, I often sort by label, and drop files on custom keywords.
Read the PDF manual!
iViewMediaPro's PDF manual is very well written and worth reading; I recently learned of a great tool from the PDF called the Catalog Finder, that looks for iView catalogs and shows a small group of thumbnails for each catalog, along with other information.
Copy file names (and more) quickly
When in List View (as opposed to Thumbnail View or Media View) files can be selected and if copied, a dialog box will come up allowing not only selected file names to be pasted into a text file, e-mail, etc., but specific data, like the image's path on a hard drive or DVD, its file size, or other info, can also be cut and pasted. This can be very helpful when sending an e-mail in order to specify which photos are the picks for a job. It is also great to use as a 'laundry list' to quickly check file sizes or other information about a group of images.Andrew Darlow is Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine. His free Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter can be subscribed to by sending a blank e-mail(no subject needed) to: Inkjettipsfirstname.lastname@example.org. To submit article ideas for Digital Imaging Techniques magazine(especially how-to's and pro tips), contact Andrew at AD@andrewdarlow.com.