Image Import -

Frequently asked questions.


Digital Photography Workflow Software for Mac OSX.

 

> Why should I use Image Import ?

Because it is faster, easier and more powerful, and saves time and money, for client, photographer and team.

Because it never crashes.

Because it is customizable, giving Clients and Photographers unique ways to control their digital image workflow.

Because it makes your image files future safe, following the highest workflow, metadata and validation standards.

Because it organizes all your jobs in the same way, giving you a perfect image archive, with all images metadata being searchable directly by Spotlight.

Because it supports all major RAW formats.

Because it protects your RAW files by validating (pixel by pixel) RAW files on import.

Because it protects your RAW files by validating (pixel by pixel) all your RAW files in the future.

Bacause it uses the same (md5 checksum) RAW file validation method as Adobe DNG.

Because it handles the entire digital image workflow from importing to archiving:

(importing, validating, renaming, organizing, resizing, changing resolution, adding metadata, creating DNG files, backing up, etc).

Because it follows the recommendations for best digital workflow laid out in dpBestflow.

Because it follows the best metadata tagging recommendations in Metadata Working Group (MWG)

Because it can produce DNG (Adobe Digital Negative) files for archiving.

Because it resizes and changes resolution of JPEG files for faster and easier image layout.

Because it supports a wide range of different cameras and shoot styles:

Flash Card, Tethered, Wireless, Bar Code reader etc.

Because it is compatible with all major RAW browser applications (Capture One, Adobe Lightroom etc).

Because it is compatible with all major JPEG browser applications (Adobe Bridge, Photo Mechanic etc).

Because it is compatible with all major DAM (Digital Asset Management) database solutions (Canto Cumulus etc).

Because it can check an entire job for missing or misplaced files.

Because it can syncronize the RAW file ratings with the JPEG file ratings.

Because it has minimized the risk of making human errors.

Because it uses very little computer hard disk space and memory.

Because it has been tested on hundreds of real photoshoots, all over the world, by professional photographers, since 2009.


> Can Image Import be customized ?

Yes.

The Client version of Image Import can be customized to fit your image workflow needs.

Customized image archival structure.

Custom image quality/size.

Custom metadata tags.

Custom image specific metadata tags.

Image Quality Control.

and much more...


> What are the detailed specifications of Image Import ?

These are all the features of Image Import:

-> Checks startup disk available space.

-> Checks available RAM memory.

-> Checks for Hardware malfunction.

-> Creates and names all the necessary image folders.

-> Imports RAW, JPEG and Video files.

-> Can import from camera card or folder.

-> Can import from multiple camera cards (no limit) at once.

-> The Import selection can be automatic or manual.

-> Names the image files correctly.

-> Organizes the image files correctly in folders.

-> Uses no custom databases or hidden information of any kind.

-> Keeps all image metadata in the files, making them completely portable and readable by all other image apps.


-> JPEG files:

-> Creates new JPEG files if jpeg files are missing (=Visual verification of RAW files) (option).

-> Changes the JPEG files size (50% of RAW pixel size) (option).

-> Changes the JPEG files resolution (150 ppi) (Resize option).

-> Compresses the JPEG files to save hard disk space (Resize option).

-> Adds sRGB color profile to JPEG files if the color profile is missing (Resize option).

-> Tags the JPEG files with client/user metadata (XMP, IPTC and Photoshop tags for Photographer,

    Client/Art Director, Location, Model, Copyright, Website, Email, Address, Phone, Description and more)

    without additional jpeg compression.

-> Starts any JPEG browser/rating application (Adobe Bridge etc) after import (option).


-> RAW files:

-> Supports all major RAW file formats.

-> Checks RAW image color profile - recommends Adobe RGB (1998).

-> Tags the RAW files with client/user metadata (XMP, IPTC and Photoshop tags for Photographer,

    Client/Art Director, Location, Model, Copyright, Website, Email, Address, Phone, Description and more) (option).

-> Validates imported RAW files (pixel-by-pixel) against original RAW file (option).

-> No other software can do automatic transfer validation (pixel-by-pixel) of every RAW file imported.

-> RAW file metadata tags can be written to external xmp file (recommended) or embedded in the RAW file (option).

-> RAW file external xmp files are tagged with RAW file md5 checksum for future validation (option).

-> The Validate_RAW utility then lets you validate (md5 checksum) all your RAW files in the future (option).

-> This is the same validation method (md5 checksum) as used by Adobes DNG format.

-> RAW files can also be copied to a RAW BACKUPS folder.

-> Compatible with RAW editing/processing applications (Capture One, Adobe Lightroom etc).


-> DNG files:

-> Creates DNG (Adobe Digital Negative) versions of the RAW files (option).

-> DNG (Adobe Digital Negative) is the recommended open archival format (DNG files can be Validated).

-> Tags the DNG files with client/user metadata (XMP, IPTC and Photoshop tags for Photographer,

    Client/Art Director, Location, Model, Copyright, Website, Email, Address, Phone, Description and more).


-> Imports, Names and Organizes Video files.

-> Can start Time Machine Backup (external disk).

-> Can erase imported files from camera card/folder (option).

-> Makes detailed log files, recording all performed actions.

-> Checks an entire job for missing or misplaced files, and checks folder structure (Check Job).

-> Moves all rated JPEGs (stars or colors) from the 'Not Selected' folder to the 'Selected' folder (Check Job).

-> Tags the JPEG files with the same rating (stars and colors) as the RAW files (Check Job).

-> Tags the RAW files with the same rating (stars and colors) as the JPEG files (Check Job).


-> Compatible with all major RAW browser applications (Capture One, Adobe Lightroom etc).

-> Compatible with all major JPEG browser applications (Adobe Bridge, Photo Mechanic etc).

-> Compatible with all major DAM (Digital Asset Management) database solutions (Canto Cumulus etc).

-> Follows the Metadata Working Group (MWG) recommendations.

-> Follows the Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow recommendations.

-> Uses very little computer hard disk space and memory.

-> Runs on Mac OSX 10.5 or newer, on 32- or 64-bit Intel systems.


> What RAW image formats does Image Import support ?

Image Import supports RAW files from most digital cameras.

It supports AT LEAST these RAW file formats (full or limited support):

3FR          Hasselblad RAW.

ARW          Sony Alpha RAW.

CR2          Canon RAW 2.

CS1          Sinar CaptureShop 1-shot RAW.

DCR          Kodak Digital Camera RAW.

DNG          Digital Negative.

ERF          Epson RAW Format.

IIQ          Phase One Intelligent Image Quality RAW (Limited support by Mac OSX).

K25          Kodak DC25 RAW.

KDC          Kodak Digital Camera RAW.

MEF          Mamiya (RAW) Electronic Format.

MRW          Minolta RAW.

NEF          Nikon (RAW).

NRW          Nikon RAW (2).

ORF          Olympus RAW Format.

PEF          Pentax (RAW) Electronic Format.

RAW          Kyocera Contax N Digital RAW.

RAW          Panasonic RAW.

RW2          Panasonic RAW 2.

RWL          Leica RAW.

RWZ          Rawzor compressed image.

SR2          Sony RAW 2.

SRF          Sony RAW Format.

SRW          Samsung RAW format.

TIFF         Tagged Image File Format.

TIF          Phase One RAW File Format (Limited support by Mac OSX).


> What cameras does MAC OS X support ?

That depends on your Mac OS X version:

Mac OSX v10.5: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.6: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.7: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.8: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.9: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.10: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.11: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OSX v10.12: Digital camera RAW formats supported

Mac OS X needs to support your camera if you want Image Import to develop new Jpegs from your RAW files.


> What does Image Import not do ?

Image Import handles most of your digital photography workflow, except viewing/editing images.

You need another application to do this. (Adobe Bridge, Adobe Lightroom or another application of your choice).


> How do I stop Image Import from running ?

Just close the Image Import window.

Use the Remove utility if you want to Uninstall Image Import from your computer.


> What does RAW file validation mean ?

Image Import can validate every imported RAW file.

This means that Image Import compares every imported RAW file with the original RAW file, pixel by pixel,

and makes sure that they are identical.

Even the original RAW file metadata is validated.

This verifies that your RAW files (and metadata) have not been altered or corrupted in any way.

This is the same validation method (md5 checksum) as used by Adobes DNG format.

No other software can do automatic transfer validation (pixel-by-pixel) of every RAW file imported.


> Can I validate my RAW files in the future ?

Yes.

When using Image Import Standard RAW tagging the md5 checksum of the original RAW file is saved

in the xmp file for future validation.

You can then download the free Validate_RAW utility to validate all your RAW files.

This verifies that your RAW files (and metadata) have not been altered or corrupted in any way.

This is the same validation method (md5 checksum) as used by Adobes DNG format.


> Why is RAW file validation so important ?

Data Validation Overview | dpBestflow


> What can happen if I don’t use Image Import to validate my RAW files ?

Your RAW files may get corrupted.

The  image below is from a recent photoshoot.

The RAW file was corrupted by a silently malfunctioning harddrive.

This can never happen if you let Image Import validate your RAW files.

Never take chances with your RAW files !




























> Where is the Image Import log located ?

On your desktop, and in your Library/Logs folder.

There are 2 logs:

Image_Import.log is the main log.

Image_Import_Messages.log is the second, more detailed, log.

These logs contain detailed information, which is very helpful if you ever need to troubleshoot.


> Can I import from multiple camera cards at once ?

Yes.

Image Import will import from multiple camera cards when you insert many camera cards at the same time.


> Do i need to shoot RAW+JPEG ?

No.

You only need to shoot RAW.

Then Image Import can make a new JPEG (by developing the RAW file into a JPEG).

But it is much slower than if you shoot RAW+JPEG.

So if you want jpegs, shooting RAW+JPEG in the camera is recommended.


> Can I archive my RAW files in DNG (Adobe Digital Negative) format ?

Yes.

DNG (Adobe Digital Negative) is the recommended open archival format.

Image Import offers to automatically make DNG versions of the RAW files.

You have two options for the DNG files:

1. Standard DNG:       Makes new DNG files from the RAW files. (The DNG filesize will be ~ the same as the RAW filesize).

2. Embedded DNG:     Embeds the RAW data inside the new DNG files.(The DNG filesize will be ~ double the RAW filesize).

The RAW files are not changed or moved.

A DNG file can be validated by Adobe DNG Converter (very slow...).


> Why should I change Size & Resolution of the JPEGS (50% of RAW pixel size, 150 ppi) ?

Because it makes working with the image layout much easier.

Changing Size & Resolution makes the JPEGS exactly the same size as the developed RAW files (@300dpi).

And it allows you to zoom in 200% on the JPEGS without quality loss.


> How does Image Import organize the image files ?

Image Import creates a folder structure for every job.

First it creates the  Job folder (in your 'Images' folder) with these subfolders:


RAW files    contains all imported RAW files and xmp "sidecar" files.

             (ALWAYS keep the RAW and xmp files in this folder).

DNG files    contains all created DNG files.

NOT Selected contains all imported JPEGs before selection(grouped in Page/Folder subfolders).

Selected     contains all selected JPEGs (after running Check Job).


Image Import can also create a RAW BACKUPS folder (should NOT be on the same disk as the Job Folder).


The folders can be renamed and/or moved when you Configure Image Import.


The image filenames consist of:

Photographer's initials, Job number, Image number and Frame number.

(ex: AW_123_0001_001.jpg)


> What metadata tags does Image Import add to the images ?

Image Import can add the following metadata information (XMP, IPTC and Photoshop tags):

Photographer name

Photographer Copyright

Photographer email address

Photographer website address

Photographer phone

Photographer street address

Photographer zipcode

Photographer city

Photographer country

Client/Art Director name

Location

Model name/Agency

Description

Job info

Image Info

Original Imported file name

Original Imported file time

Image Import version

Image Import username

RAW file md5 Validation checksum

and more...

Image Import follows the Metadata Working Group (MWG) recommendations.

Most image metadata can be searched with Mac OS X Spotlight search.


> How are the JPEG file metadata tags stored ?

All Image Import metadata tags are always stored inside the JPEG files.

To set Rating (Stars and Colors) metadata tags, please use a recommended JPEG browser app like

Adobe Bridge or Photo Mechanic.

These apps also store Rating (Stars and Colors) metadata tags inside the JPEG files.

Then you can move (or copy) the JPEG files anywhere, without losing any metadata.


> How are the RAW file metadata tags stored ?

You have two options for the RAW file tagging:

1: Standard RAW tag:    Image Import metadata tags are in an separate xmp "sidecar" file (next to the RAW file).

                                    The RAW file is not touched in any way.

                                    The RAW file can be validated in the future.

                                    This is the recommended RAW tagging method.

2. Embedded RAW tag:  Embeds the Image Import metadata tags inside the RAW file.

                                    WARNING: the RAW files will be modified.

                                    THIS IS NOT COMPLETELY SAFE AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

                                    NOT ALL RAW FORMATS ALLOW EMBEDDED METADATA.

Set the RAW app preferences to: always write metadata to xmp "sidecar" file (full xmp sync).

Then you can move (or copy) the RAW (+xmp) files anywhere, without losing any metadata.

Recommended RAW processing apps are: Capture One and Adobe Lightroom.


> Does Image Import import video files ?

Yes.

Image Import imports Video files to the  Job folder (in your 'Movies' folder).

Image Import supports the following Video formats:

.MOV .AVI .MKV .FLV .MP4 .M4V .MPG .MPEG .MTS .M2TS .VOB .DV .WMV .TS .ASF .3GP .3GP2


> Can I make Image Import run faster ?

Yes.

Use less than 80% of your startup hard disk storage capacity, and use at least 4GB of RAM memory.

Image Import may also run faster after a computer restart.


> Can I edit the images after import, and delete the ones i don't want ?

Yes.

You can delete all the JPEG files (or RAW files) you don't want to keep...

Just run "Check Job" when you have finished editing:

"Check Job" will help you find/remove matching RAW+JPEG files, and make sure every file is in the right place.

"Check Job" will also offer to move all your rated JPEGs (stars or colors) from the 'Not Selected' folder to the 'Selected' folder.


> Is "Erase imported original files from the Camera Card" the same as formatting the card ?

No.

"Erase imported original files" only deletes the files that have been successfully imported. Nothing else.

Formatting the card erases all files on the card.

Therefore, "Erase imported original files" is safer to use.


> Why does Image Import use Time Machine for backups ?

Because Time Machine is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to make backups of your Mac OS X computer.

Time Machine is integrated in the Mac OS X operating system.

You will need an external hard drive for the Time Machine backups.


> Why was Image Import created ?

As a commercial photographer since 20 years, I wasn't happy with the available software for my photoshoots.

The workflow from shooting to archiving incorporated lots of manual work,

and many different (slow and clumsy) applications, which was very time-consuming.

There were also plenty of opportunities for human errors in many applications.

Manually filling out overly detailed dialogs, trying not to enter the wrong information or make any mistakes,

was very hard, specially if you were working under stress.

Watching progressbars and spinning beachballs quickly slowed you down.

Batch-processing images could take hours.

Metadata tagging was confusing, with many different tagging standards and little structure.

Validating RAW files was extremely slow and difficult, even impossible for most RAW formats.

These are common tasks that a photographer does hundreds, maybe thousands of times...


I needed a powertool with industrial performance.

Faster and more reliable than any existing workflow solution.

One workflow application that could handle all image files, all the way from shoot to archive.

One application that could be configured before the shoot, so you didn’t have to spend the time on the shoot.

An application that would automatically guide you, and help you avoid mistakes.

A very fast application, prepared for worst case scenarios, that fulfilled all my needs as a professional photographer.


My previous studies in software engineering paid off.

In 2006 I started developing "Image Import", custom made, just the way me and my clients wanted it.

The main goals were:

To make Image Import the fastest, easiest and safest way to import, validate, rename, organize, resize, change resolution, add metadata and backup images, from shoot to archive, with a minimum of user interaction.

To get maximum speed and power, I chose to write a Mac OSX UNIX application.


Image Import has been used on hundreds of real photoshoots, all over the world, by professional photographers, since 2009.


> Why the UNIX Terminal interface ?

For the speed, power and reliability...

Image Import runs ultrafast UNIX code, at the core of the Mac OSX system (Mac OSX is based on UNIX).

The Terminal has a text-based interface, which is many times faster and more reliable than more advanced graphic interfaces.

The result is that Image Import becomes VERY fast and VERY stable to use, much faster than other comparable workflows.


Don't be fooled by its simple interface.

Image Import is hypermodern and hyperfast, using many new built-in Mac OSX technologies, like Core Graphics image handling, Advanced metadata handling, TimeMachine backup handling etc...


Other workflows would usually involve several big applications to accomplish all the things that Image Import does.


Think different !


> Can i make mistakes with Image Import ?

Not many.

Image Import has minimized the risk of making human errors.

If you use a USB Bar Code Reader, there are even fewer chances of errors.

Possible errors:

If you accidentally enter the wrong page/subfolder number:

Just move the imported JPEG files to the correct folder.

If you don't use a USB Bar Code Reader, and accidentally enter the wrong imagenumber:

The files will have wrong filenames, you have two options:

1. Rename the imported RAW+JPEG files with wrong filenames in the job folders.

    Use the contextual menu option ”Rename”...

2. Or: if the original images have not been deleted from the card/folder:

           First remove the imported RAW+JPEG files with wrong filenames from the job folders.

           Then choose "Reset import history" in Image Import,  and import the files again.


> How do i trobleshoot Image Import ?

  1. 1.Check your Image_Import Logs (alias on the desktop) for more information. (Image_Import.log and Image_Import_Messages.log)

  2. 2.Make sure you are using the latest Mac OSX System Version.

  3. 3.Make sure your Camera is using the latest Firmware Version.

  4. 4.Check all hardware (cables, card reader, card, hard drives etc…)

  5. 5.Restart Computer.

  6. 6.Repair disk software and permissions:
    Mac OSX 10.5-10.6: Using Disk Utility on Mac OSX Install DVD (Insert Mac OSX Install DVD, Hold down C when restarting).
    Mac OSX 10.7 or newer: Using Disk Utility on Recovery Boot (Hold down Command-R when restarting).
    Important: This only repairs software problems, not hardware problems !

  7. 7.Remove & Install Image Import again.

  8. 8.Create a new admin user account and see if this solves your problem.

  9. 9.Run Image Import on another computer and see if this solves your problem.


> "WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss

or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your

typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort."

What does it mean ?

This text may appear in the Terminal the first time you run Image Import.

It's a standard text in Mac OSX whenever you are about to enter your administrator password the first time.

You can safely ignore it. You will see this message only once.


> Mac OS tells me the file is damaged and can’t be opened ?

Mac OS has a new ”security feature” that blocks apps from small/unregistered developers (like myself).

The first time you open the file, you have to use the contextual menu and choose ”Open”.

More info here:

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25088


> Does Image Import come with any kind of warranty ?

No.

Image Import comes with NO WARRANTY of any kind.

It is the responsibility of the photographer/assistant to test it properly before using it.

Test it well, before using it, to make sure it works 100% for you.


> Can I get more info ?

Yes.

Please contact Anti Wendel:

antiwendel@me.com


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