Quick IPTC Tour

Utilizing IPTC info in DBGallery is extremely easy. There are the following areas of IPTC Support: Scroll through the screen shot’s and brief explainations below for a quick understanding of utilizing all the features of DBGallery.

Edit

Both edit and view of IPTC data is available though the regular “Data View” button. Access the IPTC dialog via these steps:

1) Press the Data View button after selecting an image. To edit multiple images at once select as many images as is needed and press the Edit Multiple button (next to the Data View button).

2) Press the “Edit IPTC Data” button. Note that the Title, Author, Subject and Keywords are also part of IPTC info but not edit in the “IPTC/XMP Data” dialog. As shown here, “Landscape” is the Intellectual Genre or DBGallery’s Subject.

3) Select the various IPTC/XMP data areas by selecting from the list to the left:
Contact, Image, Content and Status.

Search

The search is available right in the main screen. Simple enter whichever you wish to search for and press the Set Filter button. If the fields aren’t visible press on the the double arrow buttons on the Search or Explore bar (or move the splitter bar which is just above the Explore bar in the lower left).

View

Viewing of the entire set of IPTC data can be done from the main thumbnail view. This option shows the IPTC data which is stored in the file instead what is in DBGallery’s database (typically they would both be the same). To get to the IPTC dialog from the main menu:

1) Right click a thumb.

2) Press the “View IPTC Data (directly from file) …” button.

From this location the data is read-only. Edit mode is accessible via the “Data View” button, as described above in this section.

Email

Emailing a photo and its data is as extremely easy. Right click on the images, select the data to be emailed, press ok, then key recipients and whatever else is needed inside the email client.

1) Right click the thumbnails of the photos to send.

2) Press the “Send iMail (Set Configuration) …”.

3) Select the data to be sent as well as the size and quality. NOTE: if using browser-based email (gmail, hotmail, etc.) click on the “Using Webmail Client” below the Ok and Cancel buttons. This will produce a PDF file to attached to the email.

4) Press Ok.

5) Keying the recipient list is the only mandatory option. The email body could be edited if desired (to write a short overview, for example). The screenshot above shows what the email would look like in Thunderbird, the open source desktop email client.

Auto-Integration

DBGallery stores IPTC info in an industry standard portion of photo files. This means other programs can use the information keyed in DBGallery, and visa versa. Many systems nowadays utilize IPTC data. When files are added to DBGallery their IPTC data is read as the data starting point within the program. If edited out DBGallery, this information is read back into DBGallery at various points, and of course it’s written back the file at the same time it’s written to the database. There are options in DBGallery’s Application Settings to tune the reading and writing of IPTC info for experts out there.

When using DBGallery you are automatically storing data for a large number of systems:

  • Windows: When searching for files in Vista it will search within this IPTC data if it’s default settting are used. Vista also shows a fair bit of data in it’s status bar(shown above), and allows quick-edits there. XP uses it to a minumum extend, like showing the title and Author in the status bar (shown above). Microsoft has a product called PhotoInfo which can be installed on Vista and XP to get easier acess to IPTC info from within Window Explorer
  • Websites: When uploading photos to most websites today the IPTC info stored inside those files are picked. Flickr.com, PhotoBucket.com, and all the online stock agencies(iStockPhoto, Shutterpoint, Dreamstime, etc.) are a few examples of such IPTC enabled sites.
  • Popular Programs: Adobe products like Photoshop and Bridge store its “Photo Info” in IPTC areas of its files. Actually Abobe was a part of developing the standard, and pirmarily responsible for the XMP extensions. Corel Paint Shop, PolyView, and countless other programs also read and write IPTC data.

To Clarify, IPTC data is stored in the photo file, which you can’t see when viewing the image, but it’s there. Programs and systems like those mentioned above, as well as DBGallery, simply read and write this data to the photo file so it’s re-usable as the file is moved around.

Windows Explorer Example:

Vista Status Bar showing IPTC Info written using DBGallery

File Format Support

The following is a list of file format types which are supported for the writing of IPTC/XMP data directly to the file. (Note: all formats can have IPTC/XMP data written to the database(for searching and all other DBGallery funcationality), but not necessarily to the image file itself.)
  • Most Camera RAW Formats
  • DNG (Digital Negative)
  • GIF (Graphic Interchange Format)
  • JPEG
  • JPEG 2000
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)