Author Topic: Custom Metadata & Metadata Panel export/import  (Read 63 times)

borgerth

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Custom Metadata & Metadata Panel export/import
« on: April 23, 2019, 06:07:01 PM »
Hi
I've just posted this, but was asked to login again so not sure if it already went on the fist attempt, so here it goes again.
I'm new to IMatch, still trying the software.
I'm pretty happy so far, but still need some clarifications. I'll ask my questions via different posts, and here goes the first one:
I manage my images using different computers, and I'm having some problems exporting/importing my custom templates and a custom metadata panel I've created .
I've managed to export/import the template via the Layout editor Import/Export button and thumbnails and info display as expected. The problem is that I can't find my custom metadata panel needed to manage the data. I can't find the panel anywhere. I hope it doesn't need to be recreated on the second machine. This is just a test with one layout and a couple of hundred files, but I need this to work on various custom panel layouts on a few thousand files ...
The original files are on an external drive, mounted on the second computer, the folder path has already been updated accordingly.
What is the correct procedure to export/import custom metadata templates and custom panels?
Any suggestions?
Thanks

Mario

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Re: Custom Metadata & Metadata Panel export/import
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 01:15:44 AM »
I'm not quite sure that I understand what you mean.
Your post refers to Metadata Panel Layouts and Metadata Templates, which are completely different things.

IMatch manages Metadata Templates and Panel layouts o a per-user / per database basis. There is no export/import option, because none is needed...

borgerth

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Re: Custom Metadata & Metadata Panel export/import
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2019, 07:18:06 AM »
Thanks for replying.
I've copied the database file from computer one to computer two, opened it, and neither my metadata template or metadata panel were there. That's  why I thought they might have to be exported from one computer to the other.
What would be the correct way to do this? How can I use the same database on different  computers?

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Re: Custom Metadata & Metadata Panel export/import
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2019, 08:56:31 AM »
Just copying a database is not enough. IMatch stores all settings in the central settings database. IMatch manages settings on a per-system, per-user, per-database basis, and combinations thereof. A database of course cannot contain all that info.

I recommend using the Pack & Go utility to transfer IMatch databases and setting between multiple computers. This tool has been designed for this purpose.

If you want to do it manually, please at least read the corresponding section in the help to learn which files IMatch uses, where settings, presets,. configuration files are stored (for all users and for specific users): Backup

And, if you use different user names on your computers, read the information on User Name Alias.


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Re: Custom Metadata & Metadata Panel export/import
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2019, 09:39:33 AM »
Thanks Mario
That explains it ...
I'll try Pack&Go, and will read the user alias info as I do use different user names on the computer.
Thanks again