March 13th, 2015 by Murat

Daminion 3.7 - Digital Photo Management Software with Multi-User Support

The new Daminion 3.7 version features more than 20 improvements including faster viewing of large images, easier Daminion Server administration, grouping of similar images, and additional file format support. Plus several minor bug fixes.

Top 5 Improvements

  1. Large images can be displayed much faster – at the same speed as common JPEG images. Learn more…
  2. Integration with Windows Active Directory enables you to sync the Daminion Server with the company’s existing user database instead of manually entering user names and passwords. Users, in their turn, can be logged-in to Daminion Server by specifying their Windows NT/Active Directory passwords.
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  3. Similar images can now be grouped together and displayed more compactly, reducing the number of steps required to access your assets.
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  4. Added support for new media formats including MXF videos and Samsung SRW images. And you can now display quality thumbnails for Cineform video and AutoCAD (DXF/DWG) formats.
  5. The Tray (Lightbox) panel has been drastically improved and now, apart from saving its state after restarting the Daminion Client, it allows you to assign tags, save images as collections, and export images directly from the Tray. Files added to the Tray will still be there after restarting the program. For server catalogs you can even connect from another computer and see your Tray files.
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March 03rd, 2015 by Murat
Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use

I’ve stumbled upon a nice stock photo service called Pixabay. If you think that this is just another photo stock service, you’re mistaken. It has more than 300k high-resolution images available for you to use for free for commercial purposes.

Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use

Perhaps, as well as microstock photos wiping out traditional stock photography, Pixabay and similar services might bite off a piece of the microstock cake in the future.

Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use

I guess the owners of this service aren’t thinking about monetization right now, and just trying to become the largest free stock photo service with quality content. Maybe Getty Images will buy them soon, just like they did with iStockPhoto when Getty Image’s founder Mark Getty said, “If some company wants to ruin my business, I want it to be my company.”

Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use
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November 04th, 2014 by Murat
New Daminion 3.4 version released

With the new Daminion 3.4 you can create multiple SHARED catalogs and open them as multiple local catalogs in your Daminion Client!

Previous versions of Daminion limited users to 1 shared catalog per installed Daminion Server. Although the Daminion Server allows you to import and manage millions of files, it sometimes makes sense to split your digital asset library into several smaller parts, especially in an organization with many departments, where each one has its own particular digital archive.

This was our users’ most frequently requested feature – with more than 50 registered users requesting it – and it’s available at last.

Check out the short video below and discover how to create and manage multiple shared catalogs in the new 3.4 version of Daminion Server

Daminion 3.4 has also benefited from dozens of minor improvements and bug fixes.

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July 03rd, 2014 by Murat
New Daminion 3.3 version released

With more than 50 new features and improvements, Daminion 3.3 enables you to describe your digital content more precisely and find your documents much faster. And you can annotate more documents at the same time than ever before.

  • You can now quickly find duplicate assets and get rid of them. You can describe your content with new tags like Scene, Subject Code, and Intellectual Genre. You can also protect your tag taxonomy against screw-ups. Tags can be locked by admin for changes – users may assign or remove existing tags, but they can’t change the tag structure.
  • Synonyms and Tag Groups allow you to reduce the number of visible tags, making it easier to navigate through the tag tree. You can select the “Images” tag group to find JPEGs, TIFFs, PNGs and other images – you don’t have to check each of them individually.
  • Rendering speed of large images, especially TIFF images, in Full Screen mode has significantly increased, and thumbnails for shared catalogs are also displayed much faster.
  • You can now sort items manually when a single collection tag is selected and, prepare them in a specific order when necessary for things like publications or presentations.
  • A new Expired License Date field will enable you to avoid expensive penalties for using images after their license dates have expired.
  • We have also added an experimental option whereby you can find all publications of a particular image, or images very similar to it, on the internet.
  • The “Compare Items” window has been significantly improved, and selecting the right file version is much easier than before.
  • Plus many other minor improvements and bug-fixes!
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April 29th, 2014 by Murat
Santa-Barbara Channelkeeper Case Study

Jenna Driscoll, a watershed and marine program associate from Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (California, USA), shares her experience of deploying Daminion Server as the company’s central photo repository.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a grassroots non-profit organization that works on the water and in the communities along the Santa Barbara Channel to monitor water quality, restore aquatic ecosystems, advocate for clean water, enforce environmental laws, and educate and engage citizens in implementing solutions to water pollution and aquatic habitat degradation.

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March 20th, 2014 by Murat

The new Daminion 3.0 version allows you to limit the access of certain groups of users to certain documents. Now your digital repository can be protected on the functionality level (by user roles) as well as on the document level.

Another cool feature of version 3.0 is the ability to import images directly from mobile devices and digital cameras. Professional designers can import their Large Photoshop (PSB) images. The new version of Daminion can import people from Picasa people/faces as well as from other DAM programs that can write faces into XMP/MWG regions.

Below is a list of improvements and bug-fixes implemented since the last minor update

Improved Access Control

It’s now possible to restrict access to individual documents, so that only certain users or groups of users are allowed to see them.

For example, if several designers or architects are working on different projects, you can specify who can access which documents. So, specialists will not see each other’s documents unless the administrator allows them to do so.

How to protect access to documents

  1. Launch the Daminion Client and connect to your shared catalog
  2. Go to the main menu “Catalog” and select the “Access Control” option
  3. You will see that all Daminion Users are listed below the Access Control option in the Catalog Tags
Access Control

Only the administrator can see all existing groups. Other users will see the Public, Private and groups where they were included.

Users can be put into groups. To make files either public or private for certain groups of users simply drag them to an appropriate tag in the Access Control section of your Catalog Tags tree or right click on the selected items and navigate to the “Set Access Permissions…” menu option

Set Access Permissions

Import directly from mobile devices and digital cameras

If you connect your mobile device or your digital camera to your computer it will be available for selection as soon as you click the “Add Files” button.

Direct import from mobile devices and digital cameras

The “Browse for Files…” option allows you to specify which files to import from your device. The “Browse for All Files…” option will scan all files in your device and select them for importing.

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December 26th, 2013 by Murat

A new Daminion 2.5 version has been released with many improvements, including batch renaming, the stamping of exported images with watermarks, the creation of contact sheets that can be printed or saved as PDF documents, and more than 50 other minor improvements and bug-fixes. Below you will find detailed information about the new changes and bug fixes.

Below is a list of improvements and bug-fixes implemented since the last minor update

Batch Renaming

Files can be renamed according to a renaming template (Edit > Batch Rename (Move)). It was possible to do this earlier in the Import Window, but now files can be renamed after importing or during exporting images. Single item renaming is also supported via the Edit > Rename (F2) command.

Improved Export

You can protect your exported images from unauthorized usage by stamping them with a watermark image that contains your copyright and logotype.

Protect your exported images from unauthorized usage by watermarks

Each export preset can be tied to a watermark preset.

To create and apply a new watermark, open the Export Preset Editor, select a preset in the left panel, (let’s say JPEG 2000×2000) and click on the drop down menu in the Export Preset preferences panel (right panel).

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November 10th, 2013 by Murat

Daminion 2.0 Released

Daminion 2.0 Release version is now officially available to download.

Although the release version has only just become available, hundreds of organizations, (including NASDAQ listed companies) and thousands of individuals already trust the management of their media content to Daminion. This is something we are very proud of, and it will encourage us to continue improving our product, making it better and better with each new version.

Below is a list of improvements and bug-fixes implemented since the last minor update. As always, you are very welcome to share your feedback on our users’ forum or with us directly via the support form.

Improved Export

  • Daminion can now preserve image metadata while exporting images
  • It’s possible to export images to sRGB profile or preserve a source image ICC profile
  • Export preset editor that allows you to customize your export transformation presets

Export Preset Editor

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September 24th, 2013 by Murat
H&H Photographers Case Study

Eric Wessman and Dan Fried of H&H Photographers share their experience of using Daminion Server to manage their extensive photo archive. H&H Photographers have a large photo studio in Irvington (NY, USA) and they specialize in wedding and Bar and Bat Mitzvah photography.

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August 14th, 2013 by Murat
Case Study - Almex USA

Almex USA, the leading supplier of aerospace and hard alloy aluminum billet casting technology and equipment, share their experiences of deploying Daminion Server.
Its products include Degassing Systems, DC Casting Machines, Billet and Ingot Casting Systems and Automated Process Control.

Daminion allows them to support the digital asset management needs of their many different departments, from the Sales and Marketing group looking for the best-of-the-best photographs for press releases, to their Mechanical Engineering department searching for photographs of field installations.

Kedar Tilak, the Technical director of Almex USA, highlighted Daminion’s simplicity and its low-learning curve, saying that the system had already brought huge benefits to the company. He added that Daminion’s excellent support team had turned out to be one of the best insurance policies Almex had ever bought.

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July 29th, 2013 by Murat

Daminion’s beta-testing period is coming to an end and all Daminion versions are now available for purchase.

Daminion Server

Home users, individual photographers and designers can now get Daminion Server at a special low price:

  • Daminion Home Server: ideal for creating a centralized photo & video archive for family photos and videos. Limited to 2 concurrent connections, for non-commercial use only, no user management.
  • Daminion Pro Server: ideal for individual professionals who need to use enterprise level DAM for commercial work. Limited to 1 concurrent connection, no user management.
  • Daminion TEAM Server: ideal for small teams. The fully featured server version with no limitations.
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June 20th, 2013 by Murat

After 2 months of hard work, Daminion 1.0 RC2, the new version of the multi-user photo management software, is now available to download.

Major Improvements:

  • Access to your centralized image and document archive library can now be restricted by User Roles
  • The new Auto Sync-Folders feature allows you to monitor selected folders for changes and new file additions, and automatically syncs them with Daminion, without the need for user intervention.
  • Improved Color Management for RAW images. RAW images also import up to 3 times faster.
  • New Tags: Rights Usage Terms, Item ID, Import related tags, Audio Tags
  • Many other improvements and bug fixes
  • Note: With this version you’ll need to upgrade all your Daminion Clients manually because all connections between Server and Client are now secure and old client versions don’t “understand” the new server. All future Daminion Client updates will be automatic.

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April 09th, 2013 by Murat

Daminion 1.0 RC1 – minor update is now available to download. It’s now possible to stamp images with Geo coordinates and locate them visually on a map.

In addition, we’ve improved XMP metadata handling and support for video formats, added quality EPS/AI thumbnail rendering, and fixed a number of bugs.

Geo-Tagging Images

Geo Tagging Images by Daminion
  • To stamp images with geo coordinates just select items and drag them to the Map.
  • You can drop items onto an existing marker
  • All markers are always visible, no matter how many files have been selected
  • Search for a location
  • Markers for the selected items are displayed in orange.
  • The locations of existing markers can be changed using the mouse
  • You can use your favorite map provider such as Google, Yahoo, Bing or Yandex
  • Click on a marker to preview thumbnails of the items behind it
  • Items that are located close to one another are grouped together for ease of visualization
  • It’s possible to view all items assigned to a certain marker in the Thumbnail Browser
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March 13th, 2013 by Murat

Several new tutorials are currently available:

  • Getting Started with Daminion Server
  • How to configure Daminion Server service properly
  • Selecting the right file storage scheme for Daminion Server

Tutorials coming soon:

  • Migrating from Daminion Standalone to Daminion Server
  • How to add multi-user functionality to Lightroom
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February 14th, 2013 by Murat

Daminion 0.9.9 – minor update now available to download.

With the new version of Daminion you can classify your image archive library even faster, thanks to improved file/folder management, tag
presets, and many other improvements.

Improved File/Folder management

  • It’s now possible to remove folders from the catalog
  • Added support for drag-and-drop reordering of folder structure in the tags tree. You can now create subfolders by simply dragging and dropping one folder into another.
  • Re-location of media items. If you’ve renamed or moved a file outside Daminion you can re-link the file’s new location back to Daminion. To access this option go to the “Item > Actions > Relink Item…” menu.

Assets can be annotated faster

  • Added option to Copy/Paste Tags. You can now copy and paste annotations from one item to another
  • Tag presets can now be assigned “on-the-fly” to importing files, i.e. during import.
  • The newly added “Tag Presets” allow you to define tag presets and assign them to files.
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January 10th, 2013 by Murat

Daminion 0.9.8 – minor update now available to download.

We’ve received many requests from our users to incorporate file/folder management into Daminion. So now, with the new version of the program, you can:

- Move (Drag) files to a folder
- Add sub-folders
- Rename folders

With the 0.9.8 version of Daminion you can also update (re-link) a folder’s location. For example, if you move a folder to any location outside Daminion, it’s now possible to update the folder’s location in Daminion without re-importing the whole folder. To do this, simply right click on a folder in the Tags tree and select the “Re-link folder…” option.

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November 21st, 2012 by Murat

So what’s the problem with hierarchical keywords in Adobe Lightroom?

Adobe was behind the XMP specification that makes our life easier by allowing different software programs to communicate in the same language and exchange information on the metadata level. For example image annotations entered in Lightroom are visible in Daminion and vice versa.

But the Lightroom development team has invented a new dialect (read: new XMP scheme) to store the common annotation field, named Keywords.

In XMP specification Keywords are stored in a place called “dc:subject”. The “dc:” prefix denotes that this field is a part of the Dublin Core section of the XMP metadata.

Although XMP specification doesn’t permit the storage of hierarchical keywords inside the “dc:subject”, there is a magic “|” delimiter symbol* that can be used to split different hierarchy levels of keywords and store them inside a single text line. This symbol has been unofficially adopted by many software programs including Microsoft Windows Live Gallery, Lightroom, Expression Media, Daminion, etc…

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November 15th, 2012 by Murat
We are hiring PR/Marketing Professional

As users of Daminion, you and your team understand the product, its virtues, ease of use and cost-effectiveness. We are in search of a PR/Marketing professional to assist Daminion in its growth. While we wish to expand the business we are turning to our loyal users and clients first, those who have a passion for our product and services.

Do you have a background in PR and/or marketing? If yes, please submit your a personal CV to support/at/daminion/dot/net

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November 09th, 2012 by Murat

Minor Daminion update available to download.

Daminion 0.9.7b allows you to import Microsoft Office documents, including Office 2007 formats (files with extensions: .doc, .xls, .ppt, .docx, .xlsx, .pptx). Daminion Server customers can now update Daminion Clients automatically from the server computer in silent mode. Batch tag assignment and file removal operations can now be applied to all items in the query and are no longer limited by page size only.

There are over 20 bug fixes and minor, but useful, improvements.

We also plan to add a smart way to publish your images (including RAW files) on tablets and mobile devices (iPAD, iPhone, Android based devices) as well as on your corporate web-site via collections. As a first step towards this feature we have made collections hierarchical in this version.

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October 18th, 2012 by Murat

Minor Daminion update now available to download.

The new version allows you to create custom tags and also contains many other improvements like improved image viewing (including support for viewing extra-large JPEG images – up to 1000 MP), and a brand new color management option. Foreign customers can now work with Daminion in their native language – the program is available in German, French, Polish and Russian. We’ve also made several other improvements and bugs fixes.

Please note: Daminion Server users should update both Server and all Clients.

User Defined Tags (Custom Tags)


Custom Tag management is available from the main menu via: Catalog > Custom Tags

Although Daminion has a list of more than 30 predefined tags (enough to describe image collections in most cases), your company may wish to have its own classification terms (tags); materials, price, weight for example.

Custom Tags are mapped into XMP just like most of the other tags.

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October 11th, 2012 by Murat

For automatically syncing files across your different computers and gadgets, Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud services on the net. But just how safe is it to store your private files on Dropbox?

Chronicle of Dropbox failures.

April 7 – In his blog (, researcher Derek Newton had a few things to say about Dropbox authorization. Mr Newton tells us that Dropbox stores all the authentication information in the config.db file, one of several SQLite database files located at %APPDATA%\Dropbox . Among many other fields, the most one we are interested in is host_id, which, after being defined by the client after the first authorization, does not change. The catch is that the config.db file is not tied to the system in any way. So, by accessing the user’s Config.db file and copying it into another system, a potential attacker can easily gain access to data on the user’s Dropbox account. And the user is not notified! Moreover, the host_id remains valid even if the user ID and password are changed. The only way to remedy the situation is to go to the Dropbox web interface and remove the host_id from the list of linked devices.

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July 31st, 2012 by Murat

A new Daminion version is now available to download.

In this version: more than 30 improvements. With improved cataloging capabilities you can classify your media library even faster. Improved Catalog Tags tree, added backup/restore feature for server catalog, improved rescan of folders, added Recently Assigned Tags panel, some optimizations and bug-fixes.

The latest Daminion update was issued several months ago so this post and the feature list will be a bit longer than before.

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April 18th, 2012 by Murat
Gate House Commercials and Juice Film

Gate House Commercials and Juice Film share their experiences of using Daminion Server.

Gatehouse Commercials and Juice Films are focused, highly professional boutique for commercial facilitation. These are service production of television commercials in South Africa for European and American Production Houses.

Dean Kruger, head of research at Gatehouse Commercials, said:

“We describe our locations by various fields: geographic location (GPS & Country-Province-Municipality-Suburb), contact people & a taxonomy that describes the content of each image.

The size of our database started growing exponentially as our company grew and this has forced us to investigate permanent digital asset management systems (DAM) in house.

We have evaluated and compared a couple of DAM systems in the market and found Daminion Server to meet all our needs.”

Read full text of the Gate House Commercials and Juice Film case study.

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April 17th, 2012 by Murat
Iimport from Other DAM Systems

This is pretty straightforward. MediaPro (formerly Expression Media or iView) and Lightroom can embed annotations in the image metadata (IPTC/XMP) and Daminion can import this metadata from the images.

To migrate from Lightroom:

  • Open a Lightroom catalog
  • Select all the images
  • Navigate to the “Metadata > Save Metadata to Files” option on the main menu. If Lightroom’s Auto-Sync feature is turned on, you can ignore this step
  • Import the folders that contain your images into Daminion. During import Daminion will extract all the annotations that Lightroom has saved in the file metadata.
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April 04th, 2012 by Murat

A new minor Daminion build is now available to download. Below you’ll find a list of changes to Daminion since the version.

To get the latest version of the program visit our Download page.


  • Added: Camera Importer
    • You can now import photos into Daminion from your digital cameras and removable devices. A list of the removable devices appears in the drop down menu of the Add Files button immediately after you insert a flash-card into your card-reader or connect a removable drive.
    • Daminion Camera Importer

    • You can preview the images to be transferred. Images and Videos can be grouped by Creation Date, Folder or Media Type. Hovering the mouse over a thumbnail displays a large tool tip with a medium-sized image preview allowing you to see the image in greater detail.
    • Media files can be renamed during the transfer using a  handy renaming function.  Files can be imported to your computer and then either imported into Daminion’s local catalog or uploaded to your server computer and imported to a shared catalog (via Daminion Server).
    • This is the very first version of the Camera Importer. As such, it will be undergoing continual improvement. For example, we’ll be adding a backup option and the ability to assign tags to imported images
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March 30th, 2012 by Murat

I hope you’ll enjoy this short movie. Just to alter your mood :)
This is a short but great film by Japanese director Kosai Sekine.

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March 22nd, 2012 by Murat

Investigating old photographic equipment is always fascinating, and it becomes even more so when you attempt to use it in conjunction with the equipment of today.

Jason Bognacki wondered what might happen if he took photos with his old Piccolette Contessa-Nettel (circa 1926)camera, but using a modern Canon 5D Mark II camera as the sensor.

He attached the old camera, as a lens, to his new Canon. Although the unlikely union looks somewhat strange – comical even – the resulting photos are pretty impressive.

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March 12th, 2012 by Murat
Architectural Photographer - Brad Feinknopf

Brad is a National Architectural Photographer who has photographed over 100 AIA Award Winning Architectural Projects and has been published internationally.

He has spent the last 20+ years producing exceptional architectural photography. Understanding architecture comes naturally to Brad as both his father and grandfather were successful architects.

In 1988, Brad Feinknopf returned from New York City (where he had been working) to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to establish a photographic studio that would excel in providing its clientele with the utmost in quality and service in architectural, interior and corporate photography.

Architectural Photographer - Brad Feinknopf
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March 01st, 2012 by Murat
Remote Access to Daminion Server

Daminion Server is designed to be used on local networks (corporate or home). But what if you aren’t onsite, is it possible to get remote access to your media archive with Damion Server?

Yes it is, and I’ll explain how below.

A small utility, called Comodo Unite (formerly known as EasyVPN), helps you access remote computers quickly and securely via the Internet, with the same ease as on a local network, and it only takes a few minutes to install and configure.

One of the benefits of Comodo Unite is that it provides complete access to all folders and printers on remote computers, even across corporate firewalls with strict restrictions. Of course this requires your personal credentials and is protected by strong encryption.

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February 24th, 2012 by Murat

Just like other mechanical devices, hard drives (where your files and documents are stored) have their own working lifespan.

And when it becomes apparent that the end is approaching, it’s better to replace them.

These days all modern hard drives have a built-in self-test mechanism, called S.M.A.R.T.

Japanese programmer Hiroyuki Miyazaki has written a small free utility called CrystalDiskInfo. It helps you to check the health of your disk.

The major benefit of S.M.A.R.T. is that it will diagnose any problems immediately, without the need for a lengthy disk surface scan.

If you run a small business you probably take on a number of different responsibilities such as accounting, design, staffing, manufacturing, etc., and the task of replacing a hard drive and transferring information might be too complicated and time-consuming for you to handle on your own, so you give it to your IT administrator. However, diagnosing potential problems is something you can do yourself, easily and quickly, and it is definitely advisable to do it from time to time.

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