Daminion 0.8.7 Released

November 24th, 2011 by Murat
SofTool 2011

A new minor Daminion update is currently available for download. This is mainly a bug-fix version. A lot of work has been done to bring forward the date of the Daminion Server release. At the moment the Daminion Server 0.8.7b is available to our testers for evaluation. About hundred issues have been resolved since 0.8.6 version

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

What’s new in this version?

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Interview With Architectural Photographer Scott Hargis

October 18th, 2011 by Murat
Scott Hargis - Architectural Photographer

Our guest today is Scott Hargis, author of the popular book “The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors”. He is a location photographer specializing in Interiors & Architecture.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Scott also shoots portraiture and adventure sports. Known for his technical expertise and “can-do” attitude, Scott approaches every project with enthusiasm and professionalism, applying creativity and flawless technique to deliver outstanding images under any conditions.

A member of the International Association of Architectural Photographers, Scott also teaches photographers’ workshops throughout the United States, and has been widely recognized as a leader in the Interiors photography genre.

His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, This Old House, The East Bay Express, Bay Crossings Magazine, WEND Magazine, and Bay Nature, among others.

Interior Photo by Scott Hargis
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Daminion team at SofTool 2011

October 17th, 2011 by Murat
SofTool 2011

From 25 to 28 October, we’ll be exhibiting at the XXII Annual Exhibition of Information and Communication Technologies – SofTool 2011.

You can find us along with the 1C company – Russia’s leading software developer and distributor since 1991. 1C is one of the companies that distribute our products on the Russian market.

Any questions can be addressed directly to members of the Daminion team. Everyone’s welcome – we’re open to all your suggestions!

Come and check out the beta version of the Daminion Server – the multi-user photo and media document management solution – ideal for small teams.

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Interview With Architectural Photographer Kirk Gittings

September 29th, 2011 by Murat
Kirk Gittings - Architectural Photographer

Our guest today is Kirk Gittings. His commercial architectural photography regularly appears in national periodicals and books, while his art work is represented in many museum, corporate and private collections in the S.W.

In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor at UNM, and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, teaching architectural photography. He has received many awards including a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to photograph New Mexico’s historic churches. In 1992 he was nominated for the AIA’s GOLD MEDAL in PHOTOGRAPHY.

His first book CHACO BODY, with poet V.B. Price about the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon, has been critically acclaimed as a major contribution to regional art.

Architectural Photo by Kirk Gittings | Flyway028
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Daminion 0.8.6 Released

September 23rd, 2011 by Murat

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.

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.

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Interview With Architectural Photographer Alan Blakely

September 01st, 2011 by Murat

Our guest today is Alan Blakely, the founder and current director of The Association of Independent Architectural Photographers (AIAP), and Real Estate Photographers of America (REPA).

Mr. Blakely has also been the recipient of many professional awards for his commercial images. Blakely is the author of serveral photography publications and is a regular contributor to photography and architectural magazines and educational websites.

In 1992 he founded the Blakely Photography, a full service commercial studio located in North Salt Lake, Utah. Blakely Photography is owned and operated by Alan Blakely. Mr. Blakely began his commercial career in following a brief stint as a photojournalist. In the ensuing years Mr. Blakely also enjoyed successful careers as both a jazz musician and as an advertising copywriter. Since 1988 Alan Blakely has built a reputation for fine commercial photography in the U.S. market.

Alan Blakely, Architectural Photographer, Commercial Exteriors
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Interview With Architectural Photographer Treve Johnson

August 22nd, 2011 by Murat
Interview with Treve Johnson, Architectural Photographer

Treve Johnson is an architectural photographer who agreed to give an interview for our blog.

Treve provides award winning photography with an eye for design and beauty. His specialties include architecture, landscape, nature, lifestyle, dance, travel and panoramic photography.

With over 30 years of photographic experience he can create images that speak to the heart and engage the viewer. With his interest in nature and the great outdoors, it was only natural that he gravitated to large format black and white landscape photography, attending the last workshop that Ansel Adams taught in Yosemite in 1980.

His commitment to environmental stewardship along with his association with conservation organizations has helped protect over a quarter of a million acres of California wild lands.

Treve Johnson, Architectural Photographer - Residential, Landscaping, Single Family
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Interview With Architectural Photographer Chip Allen

August 14th, 2011 by Murat
Interview with Chip Allen, Architectural Photographer

Chip Allen is an architectural photographer who kindly agreed to give a short interview for our blog readers.

He reflects his passion for photography in varied subject matter; primarily specializing in Commercial Architectural Photography & Fine Art Photography.

Chip achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. His business background gives him the knowledge & expertise to seamlessly work with his corporate clients; applying his skills to listen, problem solve, & generate creative insight to best market their specific product or service.

Past experience in sales, marketing, and customer service provide Chip the opportunity to support & contribute to his clients with innovative ideas to meet their specific aspirations & objectives.

Chip Allen - Portfolio Exterior Architectural Photography
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Daminion 0.8.5 Released

August 09th, 2011 by Murat

There’s a new improved version of Daminion now available on our Download page

So, what’s new in this version? Below, you’ll find a list of improvements and bug-fixes. We’ve highlighted several features we think are worth mentioning in detail:

From real-time statistics to complex queries

Imagine we’re looking for photos of bridges. To locate them we’d probably start by clicking the Architecture\Small Constructions\Bridge tag:

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Why it’s better not to use the built-in backup feature on DAM systems

July 25th, 2011 by Murat

It’s a sad truth that far too often the decision to back up digital assets only comes to mind after they’ve been lost. As you are no doubt aware, you can lose files for a multitude of reasons – accidental deletion, a power cut or similar computer crash, because your cat spent the night (or a penny) in the system unit that you forgot to close etc…

During one of my first computer science lessons in my first year at college (16 years ago) I was deeply involved in a ground-breaking program when, all of a sudden, just before the end of the class, the yellow light on my computer started blinking frantically and for no apparent reason the PC shut itself down and proceeded to reboot. I cursed and slunk out to buy myself an expensive ice cream to console myself. Someone suggested me later that I should have been hitting the F2 key (Save) as often as possible.

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Daminion 0.8.4 released

July 14th, 2011 by Murat

A new Daminion version is available on our Download page

Give our new improved version of Daminion 0.8.4 a try. We have added:

“Quick” filtering of tags.

For example, there are 800 different tags in my architectural photo repository. Now, to locate all the commercial buildings, I can type “Build” in the filter textbox. And then use my keyboard to follow the filtered results.

Filter Catalog Tags

I can select the “Commercial Buildings” tag and press the Enter key (or double click on the tag). After that, I can select the “Office Buildings” tag and press the Enter key again. As a result, I will see all the office and commercial building photographs in my photo archives.

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The Light Field Camera ~ Shoot Now, Focus Later

July 05th, 2011 by Murat

What you are looking at is not four photographs taken with different focus settings. This is only one shot of the light field, which can be reconstructed as you want (photos Lytro).

 

A new camera that is set to appear on the market by the end of the year is going to “revolutionize photography.” This claim, by the young US company responsible for developing the camera, may sound a little over-ambitious but, after years of research, the prototype already exists.

“Our mission is to change photography forever,” affirms Ren Ng, the camera’s inventor – CEO and founder of the Silicon Valley-based company Lytro, “Ordinary cameras will become a thing of the past.”

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Common Mistakes Made by Novice Photographers

June 30th, 2011 by Sheree Zielke
Come on, Baby, light my fire! You know you want to!

I saw a flash of yellow out of the corner of my eye. I peered through my kitchen window at my back deck where I have hung several bird feeders. Wow, I thought, my first American Goldfinch. I grabbed my Canon 50D with its attached 70-200 lens, and tried to capture a shot.

However, I had used my camera the night before to shoot indoor mixed martial arts fights, so my settings were way off—shutter speed wrong, ISO too high, and white balance set to tungsten. I scrambled to set a correct exposure against difficult back lighting. By the time I was ready, the pretty yellow bird was gone. Sigh… I had broken my #1 golden rule: Always return your camera’s settings back to neutral or to an AUTO mode after a shoot.

The above is one of the most common mistakes made by photographers at all levels of experience.

Here are some common mistakes made by more novice shooters…

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Daminion 0.8.3 released

June 27th, 2011 by Murat

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

Considerable efforts have been put into fixing bugs and optimizing the program. On top of that, we’ve been developing a multi-user network version. The Daminion Server Lite version is currently undergoing tests from our testers and we’ve even added several new features!

What’s new in this version?

  • We’ve added a new panel to display the active query filter. In the past, if your catalog contained a large number of tags there were times when you couldn’t see all the ones you’d selected. Several people have mentioned this to us, so now we’ve changed it and it’s up and running.

    Display Query Results

    The panel enables you not only to display the current query but also to remove the tags and switch the Boolean operations between – AND/OR. For more complex manipulations press the Advanced button.

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Interview with Igor Shoifot, Fotki.com

June 22nd, 2011 by Murat
Interview with Igor Shoifot, Fotki.com

Igor Shoifot is our first guest who kindly agreed to answer our questions. He is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of world’s largest independent photo site, Fotki.com, used by millions of customers to store billions of photos and videos.

We first met with Igor when developing the PicaJet Uploader for Fotki.com.


Bio

Igor Shoifot is the Chief Dude at Shoifot.com, adviser at several startups, and adjunct of business and marketing at UC Berkeley.

He was most recently a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of world’s largest independent photo site, Fotki.com, used by millions of customers to store billions of photos and videos. He was CEO of Microsoft WebTV’s largest site, Epsylon Games and founded start-ups in online games, VOD, VoIP, photo sharing, social networking, document management and storage, published articles and interviews at The Wall Street Journal, Venture Beat, San Francisco Examiner and many other publications.

Currently, he is working on the book “101 Viral Growth Tools”. He previously taught business at New York University for many years and recently guest-lectured at Stanford. He holds PhD, MBA, MA and BA degrees from Universities in Boston, Budapest and Moscow.

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Interviews with successful people

June 10th, 2011 by Murat

We decided to launch a new blog rubric: Interviews with successful people.

Yes, I realize we are a software company and this is not a typical blog topic for companies like ours, I think many of you will enjoy reading the real world success stories.

We’ll interview successful people, entrepreneurs and small & medium business owners, because Daminion Server is designed for small businesses and small creative teams.

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We have launched a new forum

June 08th, 2011 by Murat

We’ve launched a new forum (powered by IPBoard).

Now you can get notifications of new answers to your questions or new comment to your answer, set an avatar for your profile and vote for the answers

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Microdrones’ flying robot films African wildlife, finds peace with nature

June 07th, 2011 by Murat

Microdrone md4-1000

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Daminion vs Lightroom

May 31st, 2011 by Murat
We’re frequently being asked the question: What are the advantages of Daminion over Lightroom? So I’ve decided to compile a list of the major differences between the two products. I should stress that both products are constantly being improved, so the information below may get a little outdated over time.

 

Lightroom – is primarily a first-rate Camera RAW editor with built-in photo management and presentation tools for professional photographers.

Daminion – is a digital media management system that focuses on management and presentation only and doesn’t include any built-in editing capabilities. The key benefit of the program is its Multi-user access.

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Daminion 0.8.2 released

May 24th, 2011 by Murat
new-version-released

Another two weeks is over and we’ve released a minor Daminion 0.8.2 version:

You can download the latest Daminion 0.8.2 (323) version on our Download page.

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Daminion 0.8.1 released

May 06th, 2011 by Murat
new-version-released

Another month is over and we are ready to show you a new version of the Daminion.

You can download the latest Daminion 0.8.1 (306) version on our Download page.

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Enhanced Properties Panel

April 26th, 2011 by Murat

Any document or media file properties (tags) can be easily edited in the Properties Panel; it has been significantly rewritten since PicaJet. The major differences and benefits of the new Properties panel are:

  • Customized view and a preset of views
  • Text editors in multiline tag editor
  • Enhanced keyboard support
  • Property Panel is a floating window that can be dragged to a second monitor
  • Editing hierarchical tags

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Daminion 0.8.292 has been released!

April 07th, 2011 by Murat
new-version-released The new Daminion version 0.8.292 has just been released.
This is mostly a bug fix release, with a few new features. Installing the new version is recommended for all users.
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The main drawback of metadata and how Daminion solves this issue

March 18th, 2011 by Murat
xmp-metadata Metadata is digital content information; it is often stored inside the same file as a text block (rarely in a separate sidecar file). Any DAM system should support these files.

Main benefits of the Metadata

  • Once the file information is entered, it is never lost. It travels along with the file whenever it is copied or moved to another location.
  • This system helps you or someone else to understand the graphic content.
  • It allows the quick integration of your document to an external system with no additional effort.
  • It will protect your ownership and copyrights.
  • It allows you to locate your documents, quickly and easily.
  • It enables future reuse and further identification.
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Import PicaJet 2 Album to Daminion

March 08th, 2011 by Murat

The quickest way to get started work with Daminion is to import your media collection from your current digital photo and media management system.

1. If Daminion and PicaJet are installed on the same computer

  • Launch PicaJet
  • Select the first file (this is a fix for a PicaJet bug)
  • Navigate to File > Export > Entire Album as XML…
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A new Daminion 0.8 Beta has been released

March 03rd, 2011 by Murat
0.8 beta We’ve been working hard over the past month and have decided to bring a new Daminion 0.8 Beta version to the public to collect valuable feedback.

We have also launched a new website – http://daminion.net where you can learn more about Daminion, leave your feedback, enter into discussions with other Daminion users, or ask the Daminion Support Team specific questions.

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Daminion is a Registered Trademark

January 24th, 2011 by Murat

We just received an email from our trademark attorney:

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Congratulations!
Your trademark has been officially registered by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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Daminion 0.7 Alpha Released

January 20th, 2011 by Murat

We apologize for the delays with this announcement, but the development of multi-user systems such as Daminion requires significant efforts – efforts that necessitated more time than we had expected.

Daminion - Digital Media Management System

Some quick feature highlights of Daminion 0.7 Alpha:

– 30-plus tags to help you quickly describe and filter your content with just a few mouse clicks (in PicaJet, only categories were available)
– Full Support for XMP, EXIF, IPTC metadata. Any changes of file properties (tags) will automatically be reflected on the file metadata (if the metadata writing is supported by the file media format)
– Reading/writing hierarchical and complex tags from/to metadata
– Quick, advanced and saved searches
– Version control
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