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A good Tip For Tagging Alphas

I was browsing through some blog links and I came across this post. It is from 2007 but the information is still perfect to use today. Here you go, Tagging Alphas in ACDSee.

It also includes some other ideas on how to make contact sheets for other elements to streamline and simplify your tagging and searching process. Thanks, Christine, for posting this.


Customizing Shortcuts in ACDSee Photo Manager

Anyone who spends time on a computer recognized how critical shortcuts are to work flow. Some programs have very easy to use and memorable shortcuts. Others, it seems no matter how much I try I just cannot seem to get around Shift+Ctrl+Alt+S as a Save to Web command in Photoshop. ACDSee Photo Manager has its own set of shortcuts, some which are easy (Ctrl+S for Save), others not so much (to open the Image Basket is Ctrl+Shift+5).

One of the features in Photo Manager 12 is the ability to customize your own keyboard shortcuts.  Most of the shortcuts that are used in the Manage and Edits Modes are quite easy to use. But if you would like to change one to be more memorable, you can do it this way:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In Manage mode, click View | Toolbars, and then select Customize.
    • In Manage mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Main toolbar or File List toolbar, and then select Customize.
    • In View mode, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the Bottom toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select Customize.
    • In the Customize dialog box, click the Keyboard tab.
    • From the Category drop-down, select a top-level menu such as File, Edit, or View. The commands available from that menu display in the Commands list box.
  2. Select a command in the Commands list box.
    • If a keyboard shortcut has been defined for that command, it displays in the Current Keys box.
    • If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for that command, the Current Keys box will be empty.
  3. To remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box, and then click Remove.

However, I would like a shortcut for Backing Up my Database. Defining a new shortcut is  also possible to be done in Photo Manager 12.

  1. Click in the Press New Shortcut Key text box.
  2. Press the keys on your keyboard that you want to use for the keyboard shortcut.The keys display in the Press New Shortcut Key text box.
  3. Click Assign.The new keyboard shortcut displays in the Current Keys box.
  4. To remove all custom keyboard shortcuts and restore the default keyboard shortcuts, click Reset All.
  5. Click Close

Taken from ACDSee Photo Manager Help Files

To add a shortcut for Backup Database, Click on View| Toolbars| Customize.
Select the Keyboard Tab on the top. Under Category, Select Tools. Scroll down and select Backup Database. O=To the right, there is a box that says Current Keys. Since there is no shortcut for Backup Database, this box will be empty. In the box underneath that, (Press New Shortcut Key), type in the Keystrokes that you want to use as your shortcut and click Assign. If there is a shortcut currently assigned to that set of keystrokes, it will state that underneath that box. I chose Alt+9 as my Backup Database as my shortcut and that combination is “Unassigned.”

Click Assign and Close.

To add a shortcut for Optimize Database, I will go through the same process, entering Alt+0 as my new Keystrokes.

It took me a while to figure out that this was an option in this software and it has made using Photo Manager even easier. Hope that you think so to!

3-1 Special at ACDSee

This is a great deal. You can get ACDSee Photo Editor and FotoSlate for free when you purchase ACDSee Photo Manager for $69.99. If you are already an ACDSee customer you can get additional discounts as well. Get all of the details at ACDSee’s Website.

Thank Goodness for ACDSee Photo Manager!

I would be swamped by now, if it were for Photo Manager. Today was Caitlyn’s 6th Grade Award ceremony. I brought my Canon DSLR with the “big” zoom and snapped off 113 photos.  Yeah, 113 of 10.1 megapixel files. How many gig is that? The card is 4 gig, and I still had room left, but it took forever to download them off of it. The easy part for me was being able to sort through the photos, tag the keepers and then edit the ones I wanted to share on Flickr.

I went right into  View Mode and using my Page Down key, I quickly ran through all of them and deleted the ones that were outright bad pictures. Anything blurry or missing heads were instantly sent to the Recycle Bin. That reduced the amount of photos I needed to look at more closely to about 90. I know that I could have (should have!) deleted more than that, but I have a hard time getting rid of photos. Don’t you??

My next step was to go through a second time., this time looking for some really good shots, as well as photos of Caitlyn’s friends that I was planning on sharing with their parents. By using both hands, one on the Page Down key and the other on the backslash key (\) , I zipped through the photos and picked out about 20 that were pretty good. Next, I went back to Manage Mode, selected the Category “Tagged” in the Organize Pane and those 20 photos are now ready to be edited. Most of them are just going to be cropped and a few need a bit more editing, such as with White Balance. I was using a fast ISO and a zoom lens, so there is a lot of noise on some of them.  In those, I am using the Noise Reduction, “hybrid setting”, which reduces digital camera noise.

Approximately 20 minutes later, I have 20  photos cropped and edited and now I am ready to upload them to Flickr which I can do right within the Photo Manager Program. How easy is that!?

Using Shortcuts in Photo Manager

I don’t know about any of you, but when I am tagging my scrap kits in Photo Manager, I tend to have my pen (from my Wacom tablet) in one hand, while I try to type and move around the screen. I love having shortcuts, so I am going to share some of my most used shortcuts in the newest version of Photo Manager, version 12.

There is a huge list of shortcuts that you can use, preset by ACDsee. The list is pretty long, but there are a few that I use quite often. Of course, I use Ctrl-C and Crtl-V when I am adding information to the Author and Caption boxes. I will use Esc. for exiting out of View Mode. Of course, these are most likely familiar to many of you already.

One of my favorite shortcuts us F2, which is to rename a folder or file. I use this one all of the time to rename folders of kit names so they are more uniform.

A new shortcut  in this version is \ (backslash) which tags or untags files in one step. This is not tagging with a Category tag, but is a one step way to “tag” photos or files that you want to be able to find easily later on. If you are working with a group of photos, you can \  to tag them then when you need to call them up, you go to the Organize Pane, select “Tagged,” located under “Special Items,” and any of the photos or files you selected will come up. I used to add photos to my “Favorites” but I find this to be a much faster and easier to manage process.

Another one I am using more is Alt-M which moved files without having to right-click or go through the Edit Menu.

These are just a few of the ones I use most often. In another blog post coming soon, I am going to show you how to customize your shortcuts to make it even easier to work in Photo Manager 12.

A Bear Came Up to My Front Door

Sung to the tune of A Bear Went Over the Mountain”

A bear came up to my front porch,
A bear came up to my front door,
A bear came up to my front DOOR!
To see what he could eat.

Yes, true story. A bear came rambling up to my front door yesterday. I guess he smelled the bacon cooking. So here is the story:

The kids had a bunch of their friends sleep over Saturday night. I was not expecting a house full of kids Sunday morning, and anyone who knows me, knows that breakfast and mornings and me are just not a good mix. But since I had six hungry teens, I figured I’d better get cracking (those eggs) or I was going to have a mutiny. (Come to think of it, I should have let them mutiny- they could have cooked their own darn breakfast!)

Anyway– since the kids didn’t think to throw the overflowing garbage bag full of snacks outside the night before, as soon I  finished cracking the eggs into the pan, the egg shells became the tipping point in that overflowing bag. I am in my pajamas, I’m barefoot and it is cold and rainy outside. I tie up the garbage bag and carefully put it on top of the buckets of ice met, right outside the front door. I didn’t want to leave it right on the steps because what if my dogs got into it before I could tuck it away in our “Bear Safe” garbage can?

Approximately five minutes later, the phone rings. Since I am cooking a pound of bacon and a dozen eggs, I let Gary get it. He comes running down the stairs asking if I had left garbage outside. Well, yeah, like 5 minutes ago- I haven’t had a chance to get shoes and clothes on and put it in the Bear Can. The phone call was from my next door neighbor, alerting us that a large (very large) bear had just come up to the house, grabbed the garbage bag and was currently munching his way through it in the back yard. (Seriously- it was like five minutes! Was he watching me do this??)

So, like any digital scrapper would do, I grabbed my camera, opened up the bathroom window and try to get some shots off of the bear eating garbage. I could have tried to yell at him, or whistle, but that doesn’t do anything anyway. I might as well play at being a “nature photographer.”

Since I am messing around with ACDSee’s new version of Photo Manager 12, I am going to kill two birds with one stone and edit and  upload my photos using PM 12, and then I am going to blog about how easy it is. Sounds like a good plan, right? 🙂

In my previous post, I blogged about how it was incredibly intuitive and easy to View and Tag your “keeper” photos. I have tow shots that came out sort of decent. In my defense, it isn’t all that easy to take photos of a bear in the woods from your bathroom window. While trying to cook breakfast for 6 teenagers. Just saying.

First I start in Manage Mode. I open my folder with the photos, and click on “Tagged” in the Organize Pane. This brings up the two pictures I had chosen as the better of the group. Next I click on View.  Now I can see these two photos  full screen. I decide that they need some editing, so I click on Edit. All of my Editing Tools are now on the left side of my screen. The filmstrip of the photo’s thumbnails are at the bottom of my screen, so it is very easy and fast to flip between the photos and modes.

Photo 1 gets a quick crop and sharpen. Photo 2 is darker, so I use the Exposure and Lighting Edits to brighten it up as well as get a bit of contrast, so you can see the outline of the bear against the tree.

My last step it to Upload, so I can share these photos with you, my wonderful readers. This is very different from how you could upload to flickr or smugmug in PM 2009. I click on “Online” (1.)  which brings me to the Transfer Panel.

I select my 2 edited photos and choose what size I want them uploaded in the drop down menu as seen at the second arrow. Click on the blue arrow (3.) to upload your photos. Click on the AcdseeOnline Tab, then Manage. Right Click on the Folder, and select “Make Public” from the Drop Down Menu.

If you decide later to that you do not want to share any photos, go to Manage, Right Click and there will be an option to “Make Private.”

If you want to share your photos on Facebook, select your photos in your Share Basket,click on the Tools arrow and “Share.”

This will bring up a Dialogue Box where you can share your photos though email or upload to Facebook.  You will be prompted to log in and allow AcdseeOnline.com to publish your photos.  I added these two photos to an already existing album: Bears oh my!

If you share photos  online at AcdseeOnline.com, make sure to link me up- I would love to be able to see your work and leave some comments!

ACDsee Releases Photo Manager 12

Yes! I finally got myself upgraded to Photo Manager 12. This was released by ACDSee on April 22, but you know me, I have to be “fashionably late.”  I had some computer issues on Thursday that involved some loud clunking noises, so I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for Carbonite. I wanted to get my computer all back-up before I installed my new software.

Yesterday I installed PM 12, and today I get to play.  So far I am think I am going to really like the “social media” features such as uploading photos to Facebook, FTP capabilities and sharing photos on ACDSeeOnline.com.

I am going to post some of my “first impressions” here today. As I get to know the new features better, I’ll be updating  my blog frequently.  Heidi, at Digiscrapinfo.com has also blogged about this new version here: ACDSee 12 is available. There are tutorials to help you get started on the ACDSee Blog as well.

Right off the bat, I can see I am going to like the “Filmstrip View” of thumbnails when in View Mode. I took some photos yesterday (I’ll be blogging about this experience separately LOL) and as I scrolled through them in View Mose, there is a filmstrip of the rest of the photos in this folder. This makes it very easy to see which images are worth keeping, which are blurry, which ones can be tagged as “keepers” and so on.

If you don’t wish to use the filmstrip, there is a small arrow on the bottom right hand part of the screen. When you click that arrow, it collapses the filmstrip view. If you want the film strip back, click the “up” arrow on the bottom of the screen.

You also can see a small white check box on the bottom right. This is so that you can tag and find your favorite photos in a group. In this set of photos I took yesterday, most of them didn’t come out good. As I scroll through the pictures, if I see one that I like, I can check off that box. Then, back in Manage Mode, I can find all of my Tagged photos by selecting the Tagged Box, under Special Items.

TIP:If you are not sure which Mode you are in, look at the top right corner of your screen.  There are four boxes: Manage, View, Edit and Online. The highlighted box is the Mode you are working in. You can click on any of them to easily move from one mode to another.

A really nice improvement for Digital Scrappers is that in this version, the Image Basket is remembered. One of the nice features in previous versions of Photo Manager was to be able  to drag all of the papers and elements you want to use on a layout into the image basket. But if you closed Photo Manager, your selections would be lost. That is no longer!

Heidi writes:

Image Basket is remembered!!!

In previous versions, once you closed ACDSee the images in your image basket would be wiped out.   This was quite a bummer for those that would use the Image Basket to collect all thing they need to do a digital scrapbook layout.  Now, whatever you have in the Image Basket is remembered upon close and when you restart they are still there!   Now I just have learn to periodically clean out my image basket after I finish my layout.

Now, that is a great feature!

As I run through some of my folders and files, I can see what ACDSee means as they promote this version of the software as “even more intuitive.” Before I installed PM 12, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. It sounds great, but what did it mean for me, in a hands-on manner?   I am going to have to explain it to you, my readers, as a thing you will have to try out for yourself to understand. All I can say is that this version is going to make digital photography and digital scrapbooking faster, easier and way more fun.

You can try this out for yourself, for free at ACDSee.com. If you are already an ACDSee customer, there is special pricing, just for you. If not, the price of $69.99 is a steal for what this software does. Go try it out- I think you are going to love it!

PS: Don’t forget to come back to my blog, I am going to talk more about the photos I took yesterday, why I was taking these photos and how I edited and shared them using PM 12. It will be interesting, I promise. 🙂