[Digikam-users] Storing comments and tags outside the image?

Paul Waldo pwaldo at waldoware.com
Thu Nov 23 17:12:34 GMT 2006

On Wednesday 22 November 2006 1:41 pm, Dennis Meulensteen wrote:
> On Wednesday 22 November 2006 17:36, Paul Waldo wrote:
> > > > I consider my images as digital
> > > > negatives and don't want them touched once uploaded to the computer.
> Why don't you use proxy images?
> Keep your digital originals separate, back them up (to a normally unmounted
> or read-only drive), and run a script to convert them to smaller Jpeg
> 'proxies'. Then you can use those proxy images for cataloging and browsing.
> It's a lot faster than cataloging or browsing RAW files on any system. Also
> 100% safe, unless you botch the backup step.
> I also use small 'scriptlets' which I associate with my .JPG files. These
> scripts can pick up a copy of the original to work on, should I so desire.
> My right-click menu in Digikam contains descriptive entries like; "Copy
> Jpeg to PDA", "NEF 2 UFRAW", "NEF 2 GIMP", "TRASH Jpeg AND NEF",
> "10x15","Copy 2 Output". These are all links to small scripts that perform
> their respective tasks very conveniently.
> This means I can have 100% secure originals if I want (by not letting
> DigiKam index the directory where they are stored), and the speed, indexing
> and off-line access that relatively small .JPEGs give me.
> I'd love it if all this was incorporated in DigiKam, but for now I'm quite
> happy with my setup the way it is. Perhaps this approach could be the
> solution you are looking for.
> Dennis
I'm intrigued by the idea.  I tried to figure out how to configure digikam to 
let me use the "scriptlets", but I don't see any way to do that.  How do you 
get the addition items in the context menu?  I'm running 0.9.0 RC1.  Do you 
have digikam run the backup and conversion when it does a download?  Also, 
would you be willing to post your scripts so I could take a look?  Thanks!


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