Organizing

 

The first reason to use JetPhoto Studio is the software provides a series of functionalities to organize photos (or videos) by camera metadata, notes, keywords, time and geodata (geographical location). It can be regarded as a digital assets management software for every digital camera user.

 

 

Photo Information

User can retrieve and edit some photo properties in JetPhoto Studio. Select Information side tabbed panel to show an information list that contains some items, such as Image Size, Camera Model, Shutter Speed, Capture Date and something else. A part of items can be edited in this list, double click the value field to edit its content.

 

Properties Editable Descriptions
- Basic Info -    
File Name YES File name of the image file
Size (Bytes) NO File size in bytes
Width NO Image width in pixels
Height NO Image height in pixels
Pixels NO Total pixels of the image
Modified Date NO Date and time to modified the image file lastly
- Photo Info -    
Camera Maker YES Camera maker name, eg. Nikon
Camera Model YES Camera model, eg. D200
Aperture YES F number
Focal Length YES Focal length (mm)
Focus Distance YES Focus distance (meter)
Shutter Speed YES Shutter speed (second)
ISO Speed YES Sensitivity, eg. ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 800
Flash YES Flash status, On or Off
- Time/Location -    
Capture Date YES Date and time to take this shot (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss)
Longitude YES Longitude (-180° ~ 180° )
Latitude YES Latitude (-90° ~ 90°)
Elevation YES Altitude in meters (zero altitude is the sea level)
Heading YES Camera Heading (0 ~ 360°)

If the selected item in the album window is a camera raw file, a JPEG file copy should also be associated with the raw file. Lists the file name and size of the JPEG copy in segment 'Basic Info', and lists the file name and size of the raw file in segment 'Camera Raw':

Properties

Editable

Descriptions

- Camera Raw -

   
Raw File NO File name of the raw file
Size (Bytes) NO Raw file size in bytes
End NO The time position of the selection end (right trimming position)

If the selected item in the album window is a video clip, a JPEG file of the preview image should be associated with the video file. Lists the file name and size of the JPEG preview image in segment 'Basic Info', and lists the information of the video file in segment 'Camera Raw':

Properties

Editable

Descriptions
- Video -    
Video File NO File name of the video file
Size (Bytes) NO Video file size in bytes
Camera Maker YES Video camera maker name, eg. Apple
Camera Model YES Video Camera model, eg. iPhone 4
Aspect Ratio NO 16:9 or 4:3
Width NO Image width of the video frame in pixels
Height NO Image height of the video frame in pixels
Duration NO Total duration of the video clip
Selection NO Duration of the selected video (duration of the trimmed video)
Beginning NO The time position of the selection beginning (left trimming position)
End NO The time position of the selection end (right trimming position)

 

File Name
If you want to change file name for the current photo, just need to double click the item File Name in photo information list, and then you can type a new filename in an editable text field. If the item selected in the album window is a video clip or a camera raw file, after you changed the jpeg file name, the video or raw file will be also renamed automatically to keep a matched filename with the different extension. For example: the JPEG file was renamed as TEST0001.JPG, then the associated video file will be renamed as TEST001.AVI automatically.

 

EXIF Tags
At the moment when you take a shot, digital camera usually writes the additional camera parameters into EXIF data saved with the image data together in a JPEG picture file. The Photo Information properties mostly are retrieved from the EXIF data tags enclosed in JPEG file, such as Camera Model, Shutter Speed, Flash status, etc.

The photo info properties are editable, but the modified properties don't be written into EXIF of the original JPEG files automatically. Instead, JetPhoto Studio saves them in a separate XML file to keep all metadata for photos in the album. JetPhoto Studio always avoids changing the contents of original photo files.

 

Location Tags
One of the key features of JetPhoto Studio is to organize photos by geodata (location). So any photos managed in JetPhoto album may have a set of properties pointing to a place where the photo was taken. These geographical properties are Longitude, Latitude and Elevation. For the details, please also refer to section GPS and Geotagging in this document.

After editing Longitude, Latitude or Elevation property, you can also choose menu item 'EXIF Tools'-> 'Merge GPS Metadata into Files' to write location information into original JPEG or RAW files.

 

 

Notes and Keywords

User can set description and keywords for each photo (or video) item in JetPhoto album. Select Notes side tabbed panel, there are a text box for editing description and a keyword list.

 

Notes (Descriptions)
Select a photo thumbnail, or switch the current photo in Detail view. Type description for the selected photo in Notes panel.

- Set photo notes in batches
Sometimes you may set notes for several photos in batches. Select photo thumbnails, then go to Notes panel. Type note to describe these selected photos, and click the gear button , choose item 'Set Notes for Multi-selected Photos' in the pop-up menu.

- Copy filenames to photo notes
When managing photo files without JetPhoto Studio, the files are usually named as the photo titles. If you imported your titled files into JetPhoto albums, you may need a convenient tool to transfer the photo titles from the file names to the photo notes shortly. Now you can just do that with an easy click, please choose menu item 'Edit'->'Copy Filenames to Photo Notes…'


( See the sample, the original file name is ‘Birthday Cake.JPG’. )


( After copying, now the photo note become ‘Birthday Cake’. )


Info URL
Besides the plain-text description set for the photo item, an optional external URL address can be also associated with it. The URL will be used to link an extra information web page to the photo.

Once the Info URL is set for the photo, a link button will be enclosed with the photo in the web or Flash galleries generated by JetPhoto Studio. Click the link button to open the Info URL in a web browser window.


 

Keywords (Tags)
Double click rows in the keywords list in Notes panel to add or edit the assignable keywords for current album. Select one or several photo thumbnails, or switch the current photo in Detail view. Click the checkbox of the keyword item in the list to assign this keyword for the selected photos.

You can copy keywords between two lists in different albums by to drag-and-drop the selected keyword item. Or, you can click button 'Export' to save the keywords list to a text file, also can just prepare a keywords list text file with a text editor, and click button 'Import' to load the keywords from the file into your album anytime later.

- Favorite Keywords Presets
JetPhoto Studio also provides the functionality to manage your keywords with Favorite Keywords Presets, a mechanism to organize the global keywords with flexibility.

The Favorite Keywords Presets combo box appears below the keywords list in Notes panel.
- To save the current keywords list to a Favorite Keywords Preset, please enter a name in the combo box first, and click button ‘Save’.
- To restore a Favorite Keywords Preset to the current keywords list, please select a preset listed in the combo box, and click button ‘Load’. To update the keywords list, JetPhoto provides two modes that can be chosen, ‘Replace’ or ‘Merge’.

 

Stars
For your favorite or selected photos in the album, you can also mark stars for them. Select one or several photo thumbnails, or switch the current photo in Detail view. Click Star button in Notes panel to add or remove stars for the photos.

(click the button to mark or unmark the current photo with a star)

(a thumbnail of the star-marked photo)

Sometimes you need to select the photos marked with stars before running some processing. For example, to make a Flash gallery with all star-marked photos in the album. And then, you just need to choose menu item 'Edit'->'Select star-marked photos'.

 

Cover Photo
Each album can have a cover photo item. you can select the item in the album window, and click 'Cover Photo' button in Notes panel to set the current item as the cover photo. After the setting, the thumbnail image of the Cover Photo item will be shown as the album package icon in Finder, and also affects the cover thumbnail of the web album published to JetPhoto Server.

(click the button to set or unset the current photo as the cover photo)

 

Search photos
Type text in search bar in Notes panel and press Return key to search photos with the specific description or keyword.
Click the gear button in Notes panel, choose item 'Find All Noted Photos' in the pop-up menu to find any photos with descriptions or keywords.
Click the gear button in Notes panel, choose item 'Find Photos with Selected Keyword' in the pop-up menu to find the photos with the keyword selected in the list.
All found items are spotlighted in Thumbnails view. Choose menu item 'Edit'->'Select Spotlighted Photos' or press Command-A to select all matched photos.

 

IPTC  
After editing notes or keywords, you can also choose menu item 'EXIF Tools'-> 'Merge Notes/Keywords into JPEG Files' to write notes and keywords into IPTC data of the JPEG files saved in the album package. (This function may not work properly with Eastern Asian character sets.)

 

 

Filenames

In Information side tabbed panel, you can see the filenames of the current selected photo stored in the album. If you'd like to change the filename of the photo file, just need double-click the File field in the file information list, and then you can edit the filename. You should keep same file extensions while renaming files.

 

Camera raw and video files
RAW files can be archived in JetPhoto albums, but the filename shown in File field is the JPEG copy of the RAW file. The information of the RAW file is listed in section 'Camera Raw' of the list. RAW filename is not editable, but you can edit the filename of the JPEG copy. The RAW file will be renamed synchronously and automatically as long as changed the JPEG filename.

Video files can be also archived in JetPhoto albums, but the filename shown in File field is the preview image of the video file. The information of the video file is listed in section 'Video' of the list. Video filename is not editable, but you can edit the filename of the preview image. The video file will be renamed synchronously and automatically as long as changed the preview image filename.

 

Rename files in batches with multiple modes
Choose menu item “Edit”->“Batch Rename Files…”, you can use the tool to change filenames in batches for the selected photos. The tool enables flexible renaming photo files as a series of uniform names with a same prefix (or/and a same suffix), and add an index number or a time string into each filename automatically. The program can also read the EXIF photo capture time tags and write them into the filenames. In this way, you can always easily sort your photo files by events or categories in any environment even without JetPhoto Studio.


Example 1: rename files by appending index numbers


Example 2: rename files by appending photo capture time


Example 3: rename files with a prefix-time-suffix combination, example, you can name photo files as Event + Time + Location

 

 

Calendar

For most people the easiest and most efficient way to organize photos is based on the date and time the photos were taken. Actually, digital camera always save a timestamp for each photo when taking the shot. Therefore, you can keep your journal by taking photos and keep your multimedia diary in JetPhoto Studio.

JetPhoto Studio offers a calendar interface to review photos. There is nothing else for you to do!! JetPhoto obtains the photo capture time automatically and properly as long as photos (or videos) are imported from a digital camera.

The specified date or time when the user took photos will be highlighted in Month View or Week View. In this way, the user can quickly pick out the wanted photos by timeline.

 

Month view
Select 'Month View' mode in Calendar extra panel, there will be twelve months displayed in one calendar view. The date when you took photos will be highlighted with white flags. The date of the current selected photo will be highlighted with a red flag. Click a date cell to find the photos taken during this day, the found photos will be spotlighted in Thumbnails view.


(Week view and Month view)

 

Week view
Select 'Week View' mode in Calendar extra panel, the every hour in 7 days will be displayed as one cell in the calendar view. The hour when you took photos will be highlighted with white marks. The hour of the current selected photo will be highlighted with a red mark. Click an hour cell to find the photos taken during this hour, the found photos will be spotlighted in Thumbnails view.

 

Time Zone Adjustment
When you travel and take photos in different time zones, you should adjust the internal clock of your digital camera to meet the local time. If you forgot to do that then, you can also retrieve the photo capture time in JetPhoto Studio.

Select photos in Thumbnails view, click the gear button in Calendar panel, choose item 'Adjust Time Zone for Selected Photos' in the pop-up menu to show a dialog box, in which select the hour number of time difference to change photo capture time. If you don't know how to calculate time difference between time zones, please click button 'Calculate...' to have an interface to choose the home and destination time zones of your travel.

 

Capture Time Correction
Digital photos are usually saved with a timestamp recording the capture time, so you should ensure the internal clock setting of your digital camera is correct. If your camera clock setting is not accurate when took shots, you can still correct the capture time for photos archived in JetPhoto Studio in batches.

Select photos in Thumbnails view, click the gear button in Calendar panel, choose item 'Correct Capture Time for Selected Photos' in the pop-up menu to show a dialog box, in which select the time offset (by days, hours, minutes or seconds) to change the capture time.

In fact, JetPhoto Studio recommends an universal procedure to fix all photo timestamps using an accurate standard time to replace the inaccurate camera time. Please complete the procedure following the steps below:

STEP-1
- Take a photo using your digital camera for the clock that displays an accurate standard time, import the photo into JetPhoto Studio.
- In album window, select the photo. Now, you can find two timestamps were recorded on this photo when took the shot:

1. Camera Time, see field 'Capture Time' in the photo Information list ( It's 2006-08-29 10:15:02 in the sample below ).
2. Standard Time, see the clock time shown in the photo image ( It's 2006-08-29 10:15:25 in the sample below ).

STEP-2
- In Calendar side panel, click the gear button , choose item 'Correct Capture Time for Selected Photos'.
- Click button 'Calculate...' in the dialog box, and then enter the Standard Time and Camera Time.
- Click button 'Calculate Time Offset', the result of the time offset between the Camera Time and the Standard Time will be shown.

STEP-3
- Then, you just need click the 'Cancel' button to close the 'Capture Time Correction' dialog box. (Don't click button 'Process'.)
- And go to the Thumbnails view in the album window, where selected all photo items for which you need change the capture time.
- In Calendar side panel, click the gear button and choose item 'Correct Capture Time for Selected Photos' to show the dialog box again.
- Now, the time offset numbers are shown in the dialog box, and photos are selected in the album window. So, please click button 'Process' !

If you want to fix photo capture time for the accurate geotagging, also read Time Calibration in section GPS and Geotagging in this document.

 

Arrange photos by time
Click the gear button in Calendar panel, choose item 'Arrange All Photos by Time' in the pop-up menu to rearrange all photo items in the order they were taken. And you can find more options to sort your photos in menu 'Edit'->'Arrange Photos'.

 

 

Map

JetPhoto Studio enables users to locate and track photos on digital geographical map using GPS technology. In JetPhoto Studio, users can browse photos with a map view on which points the places where the photos were taken. Users can also review photos with an enclosed smaller detailed map to show the photo location in Geotag extra panel.

In order to take GPS-enabled photos, needs a GPS-enabled camera or a separate GPS logger that JetPhoto Studio provides an automatic procedure to finish the photo locating with. The procedure is commonly known as Geotagging. For more details about organizing photos with Map, please see section GPS and Geotagging in this document.


(Map view and Geotag extra panel)

 

 

Global Search

JetPhoto Studio provides a module to search photos (or videos) in albums saved on disks, or search them in albums opened in current JetPhoto Studio.

- Choose menu item ‘File’->‘Global Search’ to launch Global Search window (or click the 'Global Search' button in the start panel).
- Select tabbed panel ‘Search’, enter keywords and set optional time and location filters for photo searching.

If checked option 'Search by Capture Date', a time filter can be set to find photos taken within a specified date range.
If checked option 'Search by Location', a concerned point on the map and the searching radius can be set to find photos taken in a specified region. The program will find all geotagged photos in any places on the earth if the radius value is set to the maximum (20000km).

- After setting the keyword, time and location filters to search photos, now also need decide what the target domain is for the searching, two modes can be selected here:

1. For searching photos in all albums opened in current JetPhoto Studio, then please select option 'In all opened albums'.
2. For searching photos in albums saved on disks, then please select option 'In specific places on disk'. Drag the folders or disk volumes from Finder, and drop them into the list for searching photos there.


- Click the ‘Search’ button to start finding the matched photos. The albums that contain the matched photos will be listed in the tabbed panel ‘Result’, and the albums that contain the matched geotagged files will be also listed in the tabbed panel ‘Map’.

If click button 'List All', all albums in the specified domain will be listed in the 'Result' panel.
If click button 'Map All', all albums that contain geotagged contents in the specified domain will be listed in the 'Map' panel.

- In the 'Result' panel, double-click an item in the list to open it in an album window. The matched photos will be spotlighted in Thumbnails view of the album window.

- For searching geotagged photos, the result is also shown in the 'Map' panel. Click an item in the bottom list, the matched photos in the album will be pinned to a global map. Then click on the global map to open the album in a separate window and show matched photos in a detailed map view.