Image Database Pane

Main Menu: File > Image Database Pane
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Bersoft Image Measurement Databases are intended for organizing images and sound recordings, although they can also handle any other kind of files.

Databases are saved in a proprietary format, highly compressed to save disk space, with .bdata file extension.

Only keywords, fields, settings and image thumbnails are stored inside the database file, but images any other included files are kept as external files.

Database configuration

When Databases are created, a folder named IMAGES is always created in the same folder than the Database file. The IMAGES folder is where images acquired from  video sources and audio recordings are stored. Images and files proceeding from any other sources will be saved to the IMAGES folder only if the option to copy all images added to the Database inside the IMAGES folder is selected when creating the Database (by default, images are kept in their original location):

Keep the images in its original location

Copy the images to the Database IMAGES folder

Note: The image storage option selected when creating the database cannot be modified afterwards.

When creating the Database, by default the IMAGES folder is named after the Database file name and placed in the same directory, but any other location and name can be selected. The only way to change the IMAGES folder location at a later time is by saving the Database in another directory along with the IMAGES folder, which can be copied or moved to the new Database directory.

The image thumbnails size can be selected when creating the Database, but also modified at any time later.

The Database can be protected with a Password that can be set at creation time or afterwards.

Database Fields can be set or added at any time, but after adding new fields they cannot be deleted.

Up to 255 different keywords can be set for each Database. Keywords cannot be deleted, but can be renamed.

Database Pane controls

The Database Pane appears on the right side of the main program screen:

On the top left side there is located the Add to Active Database button, which is used to add the current image to the Database. Below that button there is a menu, and on the left side there is a vertical tool bar with several buttons.

Under the menu  there are three tabs: Browse, which shows the Database folders, Keywords, to set and apply keywords to one or several images, and Data Fields, that shows fields with different attributes corresponding to the selected file.

Use either the tool bar buttons or the corresponding menus to create new Databases, add images (or any other kind of files) to the Database, Search for images, etc.

On the bottom left, there is the Recycle Bin. Double click on it to see the files that it holds or right click to open its contextual menu.

The Browse Tab

This tabs always shows at least one icon: , this icon along with any folders (added with the button) selects which files are shown on the right side of the Database Pane. If a Folder is selected,, only the Records inside that folder will appear, but when is selected, all Records in the Database will be displayed, excepting those in the Recycle bin.

The Database Folder can be dragged and dropped to create nested folders, if needed, but the folder ordering will be always return to alphabetical sort each time the Database is reopened.

To see the Records in the Recycle Bin either double click or right-click on it and select Open.

Visually Comparing two images

By dragging one selected thumbnail from the database over any opened image, both images can be visually compared. See Comparing images.

Sound Recording

The Audio Recording button (shown above) is placed right besides the Recycle. It is useful for taking audio notes, which will be automatically added to the Database (as MP3 files). The buttons to the right of the Sound recorder button are used to play/pause/stop  previous recordings.

Backups

If Automatic Backup is checked in the Database Tab in Preferences each time any database is opened, a backup file is automatically created, with .bak file extension, but if the Database is big, the user will be asked if he wants to perform the backup, each time the database is opened.

Backups can be opened in the same way than databases (File > Open Database menu):

After opening a backup, to restore the database, save it with the File > Save Database as... menu.

Backups settings can be set in the Preferences > Database tab. Learn more.