[digiKam-users] Please could somebody help me with some FPX files.

Budge ajebay at errichel.co.uk
Mon Nov 16 19:49:55 GMT 2020

I have raised a bug on the problem I am having with fpx files but meanwhile have been able to confirm that the conversions from fpx to jpg does include the metadata as I hoped, thanks to some help with command from snibgo of the github/imagemagic community.

Interesting but what I recognise to be the date when picture was taken is shown as 
date:modify 1998-12-12T15:35:22+00:00

and my recent moving the file is shown as
date:create 2020-11-13T14:36:00+00:00

This brings me to my next question concerning dates as I have to tag/edit several thousand images scanned from negatives without any dates when the pictures were taken.  The date does not therefore appear automatically in the file name or at present the caption.  What I seek to do is achieve a consistent approach for both scanned negatives and my later digital images.  
At present the digital images only have the metadata from the images.  Is it possible to create a script to add the date taken into the caption.  When I then wish to add a date to a scanned image, assuming I can identify it, I can add this by hand but the appearance of all will be consistent.

My not have explained myself very well but thought I would ask while here.

On 14/11/2020 16:58, Budge wrote:
> Hi Maik,
> Should have been able to work that out but very new with digiKam.  
> Adding fpx was easy.  Sadly it has crashed digiKam and I cannot get it to start again for more than a split second.  
> The first fpx image thumbnail flashed up before the whole thing crashed again.
> I tried removing the fpx subdirectory and starting over with only one file in the fpx subdirectory but digiKam crashes every time when I select that directory. 
> I tried using the debug assistant but it wouldn't proceed even though I tried reloading backtrace and seeking to install debugging apps.
> If you can help further please advise.
> On 14/11/2020 16:25, Maik Qualmann wrote:
>> Add "fpx" as image mime-type in digiKam Setup under View-> MIME-Types.
>> Maik
>> Am Samstag, 14. November 2020, 17:20:43 CET schrieb Budge:
>>> Hi Gilles,
>>> Many thanks again.  After libfpx and ImageMagic from source I have been able
>>> to open the .fpx files and Magick commands work as expected.  What I have
>>> no been able to do is open the files in digiKam.  I have put a sample
>>> directory in the required album subfolder but I cannot open the
>>> subdirectory or see the pictures. Have I missed a switch or setting
>>> somewhere to enable the IM support? Regards,
>>> Budge
>>> On 13/11/2020 12:51, Gilles Caulier wrote:
>>>> ... and digiKam has a ImageMAgick image loader, so if your IM is
>>>> compiled with libfpx support, images will be visible in digiKam
>>>> automatically.
>>>> Best
>>>> Gilles Caulier
>>>> Le ven. 13 nov. 2020 à 13:39, Stuart T Rogers
>>>> <stuart at stella-maris.org.uk> a écrit :
>>>>> Just out of interest I had a look around and found that ImageMagick
>>>>> should support this format using libfpx. You may need to search around
>>>>> for libfpx and compile it from what I've seen.
>>>>> Stuart
>>>>> On 13/11/2020 11:24, Gilles Caulier wrote:
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>> If you can share some FPX files through the cloud, we can certainly
>>>>>> take a look at them
>>>>>> Best
>>>>>> Gilles Caulier
>>>>>> Le ven. 13 nov. 2020 à 12:22, Budge <ajebay at errichel.co.uk> a écrit :
>>>>>>> I have about a thousand pictures in FPX format taken with a Kodak
>>>>>>> camera which date from about 20 years ago.  Although only 20 years old
>>>>>>> I have been unable to find any software which will open these.  The
>>>>>>> format is obsolete and the only application I have had any success
>>>>>>> with in the past has been Irfanview (a windoze program) but even this
>>>>>>> no longer works.  Sadly I no longer have the camera. I am sure I am
>>>>>>> not the only person in this situation and hope somebody here who has
>>>>>>> time may be able to help. Budge
>>>>> --
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