Migrating from CyPics
Every program you may wish to migrate to is different and makes use of different
metadata attributes as part of its interface. To get a successful transfer you
need to be able to choose which metadata attribute to export CyPics cataloging
information to. It is in this area that we will add additional options as
requested wherever possible.
When we looked at suitable programs to transfer our own images to the standout
programs were Adobe Lightroom 4 and Bibble 5 (now Corel AfterShot Pro). Corel
AfterShot Pro was rejected as when you add additional metadata after the import
it is held in proprietary files rather than as industry standard metadata.
Adobe has recently reduced the price of Lightroom 4 making it more affordable
though still expensive when compared to CyPics. It provides similar features:
- Keyword support
- Smart Collections (the equivalent of Picture Sets)
- Image filters (quick find)
- Multiple image updating of metadata
- Image printing
- Export of images
Lightroom 4 also has some highly desirable features of its own:
- All cataloguing information is held as metadata which means your images contain
the descriptive information it is not held seperately where it can be
- Hierachical keywords and the ability to use a
- Better keyword renaming
- Support for RAW images and the ability to base the catalog on RAW images
- Digital darkroom development
- Support for video
- Geotag and mapping support. Tagging images from GPS tracks.
- Creation of photo books and their export to PDF as well as printing
- Export of images to PDFand video
- Export to the web
We have put up a guide based on our own experiences on
migrating to Lightroom.
If you wish to write a guide for another application then we will publish it.
The first step in determining how to migrate is to identify the which metadata
fields are exposed by an application. To do this you should catalog a number of
images filling out all available metadata. You can then use something like
EXIF Tool to dump the metadata and determine what each displayed field maps
to. If CyPics does not provide the export option to a particular metadata
attribute then please contact us and where possible we will add it.
CyPics - Digital Photo Album Software
Innovative Photography Software providing a complete solution for your Digital
Catalog photos with our speedy photo entry process and save time.
Update multiple images at once or process images serially. Manage images
over multiple CDs with friendly names and CD sequencing. Hold up to
100,000 photos per album. Digital photo
browsing can occur without loading the source
CD or DVD.
Update the cataloguing information for many photos at once using a single
form. Tri-state checkboxes control the update. Tested with over five thousand
photos in a single update.
Optionally update images serially, retain values for subsequent photos by
Export the information you have entered into CyPics out to the photos
themselves as XMP, EXIF or IPTC metadata. The cataloguing information now
becomes independant of the album and will persist for the life of the photo.
This means that cataloguing is no longer tied to CyPics and MS Windows but can
be re-imported into any photographic software system capable of handling image
metadata. This should still be true in 100 years.
Manually geotag images by including latitude and longitude references as
attributes then export this to the appropriate metadata elements. Accepts Google
Slide show software that will run slide shows
of just about anything.
Folders, selected images, search results or saved searches. Play slides in the order of
selection, random order or starting from a selected image. Pan panorama slides in slide
shows. Restart interrupted slide
of photos as thumbnails. Increase or decrease thumbnail size on the
fly. Handle folders with many images using on demand thumbnail
generation which together with caching delivers superior
performance. Now with super fast browsing using the thumbnail
cache from the open album. Photo thumbnails can be
large to show detail if you want.
Digital photo viewer and picture viewer options
are immediately available by double clicking a thumbnail or by
using the right mouse menus. Two or more images can be opened and
compared in detail.
Digital photo album database with the ability to index your photos
with descriptions, keywords and attributes. It is a powerful
digital photo organizer
providing fast photo entry together
with powerful and flexible retrieval.
Find photos with a powerful, easy to use search form providing
AND/OR, NOT and condition grouping.
|Save and name your searches for use with permanent slide
, thumbnail views and printing. Dynamic searches
automatically include new images that
match the saved conditions. Increased flexibility from going
digital. Software photo albums can include a single image in many slide
Slide show program where saved slide shows can be sequenced together with
titles, sub-titles or alternatively use random order. Start playing the photo slide show
from any slide. Restart an interrupted slide show from where you were. Play a sequenced
slide show randomly. Display slide text from the catalog details. Update incorrect
catalog details during a slide show. Export an autorun CD slide show or prepare images
for DVD authoring.
Slideshow export supporting HDTV, iPad, iPhone, PDAs, Apple TV, iPod,
Photo Frames & DVD
Digital photo printing with a grid layout for image and text.
Printing photos can place
from one to many photos on a page. Include catalog information next to photos. Print
thumbnail contact sheets. Automatically change photo orientation to get maximum
I've been using CyPics for three years with
more than 10,000 photos cataloged. This is the best
full-featured program on the market for photo cataloging.
Even novices can appreciate this intuitive program's
Recently I tried-out Adobe's Photoshop 5.0 which
came bundled with my new Nikon D70. On the surface it looked
like Photoshop would be a good program but only a few photos into
the cataloging process I realized that it had major
shortcomings--namely the inability to make easy selections of
"keywords" used to describe each photo. CyPics does this
better than any program out there.
Get CyPics...you'll be much happier with the result--especially
after you've entered details for more than a few photos.
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Access comments embedded in
Digital Photos by your Digital Camera or Photoshop. Comments may be
extracted, displayed, printed, searched for and sorted on.
EXIF viewer (Camera), IPTC viewer (Press) and Photoshop
Take complete control over the displayed
or printed text for thumbnail captions, information displays,
slide show captions and printing.
Any catalog information you have put into the album can be
displayed and printed.
Email your photos with control over the email size using selectable
output resolutions and quality. Add descriptive text to photos from catalog
information or by manual input. Append the sender details to the photo.
Ensure your privacy by sending using your normal email program.
Send one or many photos in a single operation.
Organize photos on disk with drag + drop and cut + paste. Dynamically update
file locations in an open album. Move a photo from CD to your hard disk for
Find lost photos moved or edited with other programs. Verify your photos are
where they are recorded to be. Find moved, renamed and edited photos. Shift a photo to
CD and find it again.
Photo database software using Microsoft Access as the backend photo
database. MS Access not required on your PC.
Adjust your monitor contrast with a global gamma
Easy to learn and get started quickly with our discovery system and tutorial
workbook. Access detailed online help for all aspects of program operation.
Home or Regional Office support using Microsoft Access photo databases for single
user or small workgroup multi-user access.
Larger offices and networks can use SQL Server support for increased images
per database and network access by many users. LAN Installation for central management
and concurrent user licensing.
A complete photo management software
photographers and businesses providing indexing and retrieval,
slide shows, printing and export. Full support for digital photo
A fully functional demo is available for
FAQ which including a section on Image