Now you have known how to create an album that is the container to save photos, video clips and the metadata for organizing. You can import external files into albums, or import files from digital cameras, memory card readers and iPhoto library.
Whatever the photo or video clip is from, all imported media files must be copied or moved into the album package. Only for importing RAW files, JetPhoto Studio can never transfer the original RAW files, but make and save JPEG copies for them in the album.
While importing files, the metadata of the photos are also read form the EXIF and IPTC data in original JPEG or RAW files.
JPEG is adopted as the standard to store photos by all digital cameras. JetPhoto Studio can import JPEG files directly. Besides JPEG files, the latest JetPhoto Studio version is able to import and manage RAW files (CR2, CRW, NEF, PEF, MRW, RAF, KDC, ORF, DNG, ARW, X3F, RAW and RW2 files), AVI, MP4, MOV video files and MPO stereo files, too. TIFF, PSD, PNG, GIF, BMP image files can't be managed in JetPhoto Studio, the files will be force converted into JPEG files after importing.
It's easy to import photo or video items from disk files. Finder is the shell application of Mac OS X, can use Finder to manage files, folders or other desktop resources on your Mac. JetPhoto Studio allows users to import files from Finder by drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste.
Drag and drop
- Drag photo files, video files or the folder contains these files from Finder window.
- Drop them into the Thumbnails view of JetPhoto Studio album window, the files will be copied into the album. If hold Command key while dropping, JetPhoto Studio will move the source files into the album.
Copy and paste
- Select photo files, video files or the folder contains these files in Finder window, press Command-C to copy files to the pasteboard.|
- Activate an album window in JetPhoto Studio, select the Thumbnails view and press Command-V to import files from the pasteboard. Then the source files will be copied into the album.
Import from other applications
With the same operations using drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste, you can also import photo files from other applications as well as the Finder. For example, you need import photo files from an external application like iPhoto, Aperture or Lightroom, then just need select and drag photo items from the application, and drop them into the Thumbnails view of the album window in JetPhoto Studio.
Exchange between albums
In JetPhoto Studio, photo or video files can be contained in several separate albums, and we can copy or move files between different albums. For copying files, just need select and drag photo or video items from the source album, and drop them into the Thumbnails view of the destination album window. Hold Command key while dropping to move files from the source album.
Replace photo files
Sometimes you need update a photo item in the album with only changing the photo file, the photo description or other metadata should not be changed. Then select Detail view in the album window, where select the photo that you want to update. Drag a new photo file from Finder (or external applications ) and drop it into the Detail view, the photo file will be replaced with the new one.
Options for RAW files
JetPhoto Studio allows storing camera raw files in album packages. The raw files can be Nikon NEF, Canon CR2 and more others. A dialog box will appear when importing RAW files, you can select one of the three options then. Select to copy or move external raw files into JetPhoto albums, and JetPhoto will always automatically create a JPEG copy for each imported raw file. If to import raw files is only for making Flash galleries or publishing web albums, it's usually unnecessary to keep the original raw files in the album. Then you just need select the option "Make JPEG copies only".
Importing from Camera
After connecting your digital camera or memory card reader to the computer, JetPhoto Studio can download photos or other digital contents from the camera.
- Create a new album, or open an existing album.
- Click 'Import from Camera' action button, or choose menu item 'File'->' Import Photos'->'From Camera'.
- In the dialog box, select a connected camera or memory card reader.
- If you need only download photos captured after a recent date, you should select a specified date in the calendar and select the checkbox 'Don't download files older than the specified date'. The default setting is for downloading photos captured today.
- Decide whether need to download raw or video files, and set more options if necessary, then click button 'Continue' to download files into the current album.
In the start panel, you can also find another 'Import from Camera' button. Click the button, can create a new album for downloading all photos and digital contents from the connected camera shortly.
Importing from iPhoto Library
JetPhoto Studio Mac version enables users to import photos with comments and keywords from iPhoto library.
- Create a new album, or open an existing album.
- Click 'Import from iPhoto' action button, or choose menu item 'File'->' Import Photos'->'From iPhoto Library'.
- Then iPhoto application will be launched, and JetPhoto will connect the iPhoto through internal AppleScript.
- All iPhoto albums will appear in a list, in which select an album to import, and then click button 'Continue' to import photo files with comments and keywords into the current album.
Files in Album
After photos or video clips were imported into an album, the related files should be stored in the album package.
Information of files
The information of these files are listed. You can select a photo or video item in the album window, and select the 'Information' tab in the right-side extra panel.
For a common Image item, normally only a JPEG file is saved in the album package.
For a Camera Raw item, besides the raw file, a JPEG file copy is also saved in the album package.
The JPEG file copy is required to quickly view the image and make Flash / web galleries.
For a Video Clip item, besides the video file, a JPEG file of the preview image is also saved in the album package.
The JPEG file will be shown in the video player as a splash image.
For a 3D Stereo Image item, besides the MPO stereo file, a JPEG file of the single-eye image is also saved in the album package.
The stereo MPO file can't be shown in a common display, so the JPEG file is required to view the image in the software and Flash / web galleries.
JPEG photo files and other related media files are stored in album package, we can find and show the files in Finder when browsing items in JetPhoto albums. Select Thumbnails view in the album window, right-click (or control-click) a photo thumbnail, you can find a menu item in the context menu to reveal the original JPEG file saved in the album package. However, if here is a Camera Raw item, both a RAW file and a JPEG file copy of the current photo can be shown; if here is a Video Clip item, both a video file and a JPEG preview image file of the current video clip can be shown; if here is a 3D Stereo Image item, both a MPO stereo file and a JPEG file copy can be shown.
If you opened and edited the photo files in an external application, after saving files, you can return JetPhoto Studio and press Command-U to update thumbnails and other metadata for the modified photo files in the album.
It's easy to export photo or video items to disks. JetPhoto Studio allows users to export files to Finder by drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste. Also can drag items from the album and drop them into an external editor application to open the files.
Drag and drop
- Choose Thumbnails view in the album window, select and drag photo or video items that need be exported.
- Drop them into the destination Finder Window, then the files will be copied to the specified location on disks.
Copy and paste
- Choose Thumbnails view in the album window, select photo or video items that need be exported. Then press Command-C to copy files to the pasteboard.
- Activate a Finder window and press Command-V to copy files from the pasteboard. Then the source files will be copied to the specified location on disks.
Open files with an application
In order to open the selected photo or video item in a specified application, you can click mouse right button (or ctrl-click) on the thumbnail. Choose item Open with in context menu, and select an external application to open this photo or video file.
JetPhoto Studio also enables users to open photo or video files with a given application by drag-and-drop. For example, to open a photo file by Photoshop, please select and drag one or several photo thumbnails in the album window, and just drop them onto the Photoshop application icon.
When the dragged item is a Camera Raw, Video Clip or 3D Stereo Image, if held Shift key while dragging the thumbnail from the album window, the dropped file will always be the JPEG file copy of this item.