Daminion 0.8.6 Released

by Murat on September 23rd, 2011

A new minor Daminion update has at last been released! Launching the new version has taken a little longer than expected because our time has been occupied by the parallel development work we’ve been carrying out on our Daminion Server. We appreciate your patience.

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

What’s new in this version:

Syncing tags with metadata can be paused

In the previous version of Daminion, the synchronization process (tags with metadata) was launched automatically in the background after each tag assignment. When the syncing process was active it had an adverse effect on the program’s performance.

Pause Metadata Synchronization

Previously, if you wanted to assign 4 different tags continuously to the same photo the synchronizing process would automatically start 4 times. Now you can pause/start this process before tag assignment and then relaunch it.

Added a new tag: Flag

An image or document can now be marked as Flagged, Unflagged or Rejected.

To flag an image click on this button . To reject a file hold down the Ctrl key and click on the same button.

Mark images as flagged or rejected

On the previous version of Daminion you could add the selected files to the Tray using this button. Now files can only be added to the tray by dragging or via the menu.

Added a new tag to mark media documents as Rejected or Approved

Flags are stored in the catalog. This means that you can see Flagged and Rejected files after the program restarts (unlike the files in the Tray). Flags can also be used as an extra criterion to filter your media archive.

Flagged and Rejected files can be accessed from the Catalog tags tree.

Improved the Compare Items window

Now you can compare up to 8 images at a time. To mark an image as Rejected hold down the Ctrl key and click on the button. We have also fixed a few minor bugs in this window.

Improved "Compare Items" window

Improved “Open/Edit With” menu option

The list of external tools in the “Open/Edit With” menu has now been extended with a list of the applications which are registered (in Windows) for the selected file format.

Improved "Open With" menu

Fast rendering of Camera RAW files

Optimized Camera RAW format rendering speed. Now CR2, NEF and other camera raw formats are rendered for viewing up to x4 faster than before.

Added limited support for DWG and DXF formats

You can import DWG and DXF drawings into Daminion but, as yet, there is no preview or metadata support. However, with future versions of Daminion it will be possible to generate thumbnail previews of these imported files.

Improved bottom toolbar

Improved Functions and Appearance for the bottom toolbar. You can now manage metadata synchronization and the file importing process. It’s possible to view the amount of time remaining before the import is completed. You can view and manage sorting options and quickly change the view settings.

Improved bottom toolbar

The Daminion (Home) Server is almost ready

About 20 improvements and bug fixes are being carried out on the Daminion Server. Although, it is not available to the public as yet while under active development.

Once we’ve fixed a few bugs it will be possible to download the Daminion Server Lite version for testing purposes.

Fixed bugs and minor improvements

  • Updating Thumbnail now takes into account changes of external files
  • Fixed the bug with the “Error creating window handle” error message
  • “Open/Edit with” now works for multiple file selection
  • Fixed bug with manual sorting
  • Fixed bug with disappearing keywords under the thumbnails
  • Added the ability to manually write all tags into files as metadata
  • Added option to invert the current selection.
  • Fixed losing selection after deletion of media item
  • Fixed bug when trying to save a Saved Search with an empty name
  • Fixed bug when the Place:Location is dropped to the Place:City
  • Fixed a small bug with Check Out on the Tray window
  • Updated thumbnail and preview after Rollback in the Version Control window
  • Now available: “Compare with Current Version” option in the Item Audit History window
  • Fixed a few minor issues with image rendering in the “Compare Items” window
  • Optimized import speed for Camera RAW files
  • Properties Panel: now the helper context menu works for Place sub-value with empty parent values
  • Fixed a crucial error that might have caused corruption of TIFF files in some cases
  • Optimized moving files between catalogs
  • A few other minor bugs fixed and improvements made

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  • Peter Grondin

    Murat, in your blog posting on version 0.8.6 you state that ”Now you can pause/start this process before tag assignment and then relaunch it.” I cannot pause it before it starts syncing. It would be nice if I could, since as you say, “Previously, if you wanted to assign 4 different tags continuously to the same photo the synchronizing process would automatically start 4 times.“ This is still what happens since a single photo sync happens so fast that it cannot be paused.

    Under your list of Bug fixes you list:

    “Properties Panel: now the helper context menu works for Place sub-value with empty parent values”

    If all of the parent values are blank, the helper menu works very nicely. Great! However, if Country is defined, and State is blank, the City and Location helpers are still empty.

    For my purposes, I do not care which State Rome is in, and I really don’t remember which state Ravena is in. If I am trying to navigate Catalog tags, and I am being presented with a list of state names before I can get to City, I need to remember which State Ravena is in. I can find Ravena in other ways, so my lack of memory is not critical, but I would prefer to just leave the State blank.

  • Murat

    OK, Peter. Thanks for the feedback! We’ll improve/fix both features.