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AndreWolff

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Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 28-Oct-2016 23:24
 
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The release notes of version 13.6 says:

New "batch make album tool" to facilitate the remaking of several album projects in one go

I can't find in version 13.6 a menu item which leads me to a such a tool, so how can I use this new tool?

Currently I use an MS-DOS batch file to do that, I hope that is not what is meant with that new tool!
jGromit

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 28-Oct-2016 23:31   in response to: AndreWolff in response to: AndreWolff
 
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Tools, External Tools, Batch make album
davidekholm

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 28-Oct-2016 23:40   in response to: jGromit in response to: jGromit
 
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Given that you think this is a tool one has regular need for, I can consider moving it to the Album menu in the future.
hanso

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 29-Oct-2016 12:27   in response to: davidekholm in response to: davidekholm
 
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Batch remake is a tool I really like!

A suggestion to make it really handy and practical for me is not only to manually built the list everytime to only the first 20 or so recent projects, but allow it to be fed with a list (stored in a file) containing e.g all albums I have in my archive. More than one list would be nice too (e.g. a list with all Turtle based albums after a Turtle upgrade, leave other albums alone).

I have several hundred albums I would like to remake with just a simple button press. Like Andre said a dos batch file can do that now but I like the 'Jalbum' interface!
RobM

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 29-Oct-2016 14:53   in response to: hanso in response to: hanso
 
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hanso wrote:
Batch remake is a tool I really like!

A suggestion to make it really handy and practical for me is not only to manually built the list everytime to only the first 20 or so recent projects, but allow it to be fed with a list (stored in a file) containing e.g all albums I have in my archive. More than one list would be nice too (e.g. a list with all Turtle based albums after a Turtle upgrade, leave other albums alone).

I have several hundred albums I would like to remake with just a simple button press. Like Andre said a dos batch file can do that now but I like the 'Jalbum' interface!

The recent projects list can contain upto 99 projects, see jAlbum PreferencesThat gets you closer.
davidekholm

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 29-Oct-2016 16:38   in response to: hanso in response to: hanso
 
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hanso wrote:
Batch remake is a tool I really like!

A suggestion to make it really handy and practical for me is not only to manually built the list everytime to only the first 20 or so recent projects, but allow it to be fed with a list (stored in a file) containing e.g all albums I have in my archive. More than one list would be nice too (e.g. a list with all Turtle based albums after a Turtle upgrade, leave other albums alone).

I have several hundred albums I would like to remake with just a simple button press. Like Andre said a dos batch file can do that now but I like the 'Jalbum' interface!


I could probably add the ability to drop a text file onto this list, listing the path to each album project to add to this list.
hanso

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 29-Oct-2016 17:14   in response to: davidekholm in response to: davidekholm
 
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To be able to drop a list would be perfect!
davidekholm

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 15:23   in response to: hanso in response to: hanso
 
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I've now added the ability to drop a text file listing the projects to process. I've attached the updated "Batch make album" tool.

Edited by: davidekholm on 01-Nov-2016 10:26
(Updated code to allow both UNIX and Windows kinds of line endings)
jGromit

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 20:07   in response to: davidekholm in response to: davidekholm
 
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Works well!

I especially like that even after you've dragged in the text file, you can still be selective about which ones to "batch make," unlike a command file, where it tends to be "all or none" (unless you do some fancy scripting in the command file).
AndreWolff

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 20:41   in response to: hanso in response to: hanso
 
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I am sorry to say, but in the current state, this tool is pretty useless:

  • It makes only the albums, but it should also be possible that the results are automatically uploaded as is done in my current MS-DOS batch file.
  • You can only use the albums in the recent history list of jAlbum, but normally I am not interested in recent albums, it are albums made 2 years ago, which are no longer in the history list or indeed as Hans says all my albums made with the PhotoSwipe skin.
An MS-DOS batch file can handle the who;e process, with any album young or old!
AndreWolff

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 20:43   in response to: davidekholm in response to: davidekholm
 
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davidekholm wrote:
I've now added the ability to drop a text file listing the projects to process. I've attached the updated "Batch make album" tool.
I did not test that yet, but I think at least you should specify the format of that text file!
jGromit

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 20:43   in response to: AndreWolff in response to: AndreWolff
 
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So don't use it. Stick to your batch file.

Or even better, instead of complaining, why not provide us with a revised version?
jGromit

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 20:46   in response to: AndreWolff in response to: AndreWolff
 
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AndreWolff wrote:
. ..you should specify the format of that text file!

It should be in text format (duh), with a simple path to each project file on each line, like:

C:\Users\JG\Documents\sample album\jalbum-settings.jap
C:\Users\JG\Documents\another album\jalbum-settings.jap

What other format would you expect? A JPG file with pictures of the project files?
RobM

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 20:48   in response to: jGromit in response to: jGromit
 
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jGromit wrote:
Works well!
But only if you use Windows line breaks, Mac and Linux line breaks are ignored.

For Mac users the path starts from the Users folder e.g.
/Users/robert/My Albums/polyglot/jalbum-settings.jap
/Users/robert/My Albums/Minimal/jalbum-settings.jap
jGromit

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Re: Batch make album tool in version 13.6
Posted: 31-Oct-2016 21:10   in response to: RobM in response to: RobM
 
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RobM wrote:
But only if you use Windows line breaks, Mac and Linux line breaks are ignored.

I see what you mean! And with the standard TextEdit application, there doesn't appear to be any way of saving the file with CR/LF rather than just LF.
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