So far so good, and the Beta for v1.5 is almost finished.
Look at the release notes below.

C’est la vie, as usual software development leads everything – we are a technology-driven company, are not we?
- and we go forward with an exceptional but completely undocumented software. I am going to build a series of how-to’s for v1.5 very soon. Hopefully, the first one will be ready this week yet.

Release Notes for version 1.5.0
August 2008

This is a major software release which adds many new functions,  improves software stability, usability and performance and fixes many internal issues. Large parts of code were completely redesigned for flexibility, new functionality and speed. Context menus added in many graphic user interface areas (Right mouse button on Windows / Ctrl + click on Mac)

Application performance: preview and thumbnails display speed is significantly improved. Note, that  first-time image access will always be slower since the software builds the images thumbnails and register the data in the database. All further display requests for the same thumbnail will work fast because the thumbnail was already created.
Ability to alter upload date, time and upload status for any image and agency. Together with ability to edit number of downloads and earnings it gives you full flexibility and complete control on the image history and archive statuses.

  • “Select/Unselect All” check box added, allowing quickly select/unselect all stock photography agencies for each stock photo to be uploaded

Uploads reliability significantly improved.

  • PSM will now verify your login credentials for any microstock site both at the time of stock agency selection and during the uploading of stock images.
  • If the upload fails due to a network error, PSM will retry uploading the failed file a number of times and will gracefully inform you if it will be still unable to upload the file after a few retries. The application will continue trying to upload other selected stock photos in the upload queue to that microstock, if possible.

Total redesign of stock imagery keywording, adding new extremely powerful “Manage Keywords” dialog and multiple context menus the user interface

  • Built in “Translate” function helps adding IPTC keywords to the stock photos in your native language.
  • Ability to select your input language with on-the-fly translation to English. 23 input languages supported
  • “Back translation” for the selected keyword from English to your input language on a mouse click. These three functions above allow you describing the image in your native language with instant translation to English and help provided by “Generate” functionality described below.

“Keywords suggestions” functionality improvements so you can add keywords to microstock images even faster:

  • Generate with “on-the-fly” translation: now the keywords can be entered in any supported language. They will be translated on-the-fly and for their English translation more matching English keywords will be selected
  • Generate more keywords right from the generated keywords using context menus directly in keywords lists
  • Generate from a single keyword (this is the recommended practice)
  • Generate from a keyphrase or multiple comma-separated keywords. This method will bring you less but more relevant results.

Keywords sets & keywording – build keywords set per a category and more, in any language

  • Import keywords from a CSV file with optional “on-the-fly” translation
  • Export keywords to a CSV file . They will be saved in UTF-16. These Import/Export functions allow you to manage an external set of keywords templates in any language, exporting them with or without translation any time you want to apply them or use other images as keywords templates (using “Extract from image”)
  • Change keywords order, moving them “up” or “down” in the keywords list, thus putting most significant keywords in the beginning of the list
  • Extract keywords from an image (IPTC)
  • Applying selected keywords set to multiple selected images (this function together with “Extract” above replaces previous “Copy Metadata” functionality. That’s why the “Copy” button in the main IPTC panel was removed as unnecessary)
  • ISO-8859-1 (ISOLatin) IPTC support – ability to retrieve and write IPTC keywords in the majority of Western languages
  • Ability to translate all or some selected metadata for images in the selected folder, creating new images with translated metadata in the chosen destination. This function allows you to create an image set which is indexed

Completely new Look and Feel and multiple Graphic User Interface changes

  • Right pane which shows images thumbnails can be resized now, thus switching between “filmstrip” view and “table” thumbnails view.
  • All the file chooser windows (open, Import, Export etc) have Preview window now, showing the thumbnail of selected file

Files and DB management

  • Basic file management functionality added: Copy, Move, Delete images in thumbnails context menus. Their new location / status will be registered in the application DB accordingly.
  • Now you can switch between different application’ databases. If one day you move your DB to another location PSM will ask you on startup where to find it’s database and will work with the DB located anywhere (if the software can properly access it). You can verify the location of your current DB anytime opening “Tools->Switch DB” menu. You can now perform periodic DB backups and restore the DB on a computer system failure, pointing PSM to the restored DB location..
  • “Connect” button is added in the initial installation dialog, allowing to connect to the existing ProStockMaster database if a previous PSM database already exists on your computer system.  Windows users: installation script already does it for you, so there is no need     to connect manually to your previous DB. Mac and Linux users can choose now the previous DB location during the installation of new version of PSM or select another DB later on, using “Switch DB” menu.
  • Database clean-up and maintenance function added – clean-up the DB from non-existing images and re-build the DB indexes for the faster DB access
  • Full-size image viewer: movement option added with “press-n-drag” mouse button (Photoshop-style)  for easier and faster image reviewing at full size

Logging

  • View log menu added
  • Logging level menu allows to switch between normal and detailed logging

Top-level application menus are changed and redesigned

  • “Upload->Folder” functionality redesign: now all the images are selected according to their upload statuses and images that were already uploaded to some sites will not be re-uploaded to these sites if their status remains “uploaded”
  • Upload confirmation dialog changed to provide visual information (thumbnails lists) for both “Upload->Folder” and “Upload->Selected Images” menus.

Simultaneous upload of multiple images to StockXpert – only 1 image uploaded: bug fixed

Release Notes for version 1.5.0

August 2008

This is a major software release which adds many new functions, improves software stability, usability and performance and fixes many internal issues. Large parts of code were completely redesigned for flexibility, new functionality and speed. Context menus added in many graphic user interface areas (Right mouse button on Windows / Ctrl + click on Mac)

  1. Application performance: preview and thumbnails display speed is significantly improved. Note, that first-time image access will always be slower since the software builds the images thumbnails and register the data in the database. All further display requests for the same thumbnail will work fast because the thumbnail was already created.

  1. Ability to alter upload date, time and upload status for any image and agency. Together with ability to edit number of downloads and earnings it gives you full flexibility and complete control on the image history and archive statuses.

  1. Select/Unselect All” check box added, allowing quickly select/unselect all agencies for each image

  1. Uploads reliability significantly improved.

    1. PSM will now verify your login credentials for any site both at the time of the agency selection and during the upload process.

    1. If the uploading fails because of a network error, which is a quite typical issue with multi-files uploads and not-so-stable networks, PSM will retry uploading the failed file a number of times and will gracefully inform you if it will be still unable to upload the file after a few retries. The application will continue trying to upload other files in the upload queue to that agency, if possible.

  1. Total redesign of the keywording functionality, adding new extremely powerful “Manage Keywords” dialog and multiple context menus

    1. Built in “Translate” function for any keyword, either entered from the keyword or exported from a file. 23 input languages supported

    1. Ability to select your input language with on-the-fly translation to English

    1. Back translation” for the selected keyword from English to your input language on a mouse click These three functions above allow you describing the image in your native language with instant translation to English and help provided by “Generate” functionality described below.

    1. Generate” functionality improvements:

      1. Generate with “on-the-fly” translation: now the keywords can be entered in any supported language. They will be translated on-the-fly and for their English translation more matching English keywords will be selected

      2. Generate more keywords right from the generated keywords using context menus directly in keywords lists

      3. Generate from a single keyword (this is the recommended practice)

      4. Generate from a keyphrase or multiple comma-separated keywords. This method will bring you much less but more relevant results.

    1. Import keywords from a CSV file with optional “on-the-fly” translation

    1. Export keywords to a CSV file . They will be saved in UTF-16. These Import/Export functions allow you to manage an external set of keywords templates in any language, exporting them with or without translation any time you want to apply them or use other images as keywords templates (using “Extract from image”)

    1. Change keywords order, moving them “up” or “down” in the keywords list, thus putting most significant keywords in the beginning of the list

    1. Extract keywords from an image (IPTC)

    1. Applying selected keywords set to multiple selected images (this function together with “Extract” above replaces previous “Copy Metadata” functionality. That’s why the “Copy” button in the main IPTC panel was removed as unnecessary)

    1. ISO-8859-1 (ISOLatin) IPTC support – ability to retrieve and write IPTC keywords in the majority of Western languages

    1. Ability to translate all or some selected metadata for images in the selected folder, creating new images with translated metadata in the chosen destination. This function allows you to create an image set which is indexed

  1. Completely new Look and Feel and multiple Graphic User Interface changes

  1. Right pane which shows images thumbnails can be resized now, thus switching between “filmstrip” view and “table” thumbnails view.

  1. All the file chooser windows (open, Import, Export etc) have Preview window now, showing the thumbnail of selected file

  1. Basic file management functionality added: Copy, Move, Delete images in thumbnails context menus. Their new location / status will be registered in the application DB accordingly.

  1. Now you can switch between different application’ databases. If one day you move your DB to another location PSM will ask you on startup where to find it’s database and will work with the DB located anywhere (if the software can properly access it). You can verify the location of your current DB anytime opening “Tools->Switch DB” menu. You can now perform periodic DB backups and restore the DB on a computer system failure, pointing PSM to the restored DB location..

  1. Connect” button is added in the initial installation dialog, allowing to connect to the existing ProStockMaster database if a previous PSM database already exists on your computer system.

Windows users: installation script already does it for you, so there is no need to connect manually to your previous DB.

Mac and Linux users can choose now the previous DB location during the installation of new version of PSM or select another DB later on, using “Switch DB” menu.

  1. Database clean-up and maintenance function added – clean-up the DB from non-existing images and re-build the DB indexes for the faster DB access

  1. Full-size image viewer: movement option added with “press-n-drag” mouse button (Photoshop-style) for easier and faster image reviewing at full size

  1. Logging

    1. View log menu added

    1. Logging level menu allows to switch between normal and detailed logging

  1. Top-level application menus are changed and redesigned

  1. Upload->Folder” functionality redesign: now all the images are selected according to their upload statuses and images that were already uploaded to some sites will not be re-uploaded to these sites if their status remains “uploaded”

  1. Upload confirmation dialog changed to provide visual information (thumbnails lists) for both “Upload->Folder” and “Upload->Selected Images” menus.

  1. Simultaneous upload of multiple images to StockXpert – only 1 image uploaded: bug fixed

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