No announcement yet.

Archives project

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Archives project

    If you haven't checked out our Archives project pages yet, you need to. Thanks to many people, but mostly Ed and Kathleen (so far) we have dozens of great old photographs to practice on or use for spare parts. And there's more just about every day.

    One of my next 'improvements' to this site will be changing how Archive entries are handled. Currently they're simply emailed to me, which is fine, but wastes steps and doesn't allow for feedback (keep reading).

    The software I'm looking at will replace the current Archives pages, much as this new forum software replaced the old message board. It will allow direct upload to the website, bypassing my emailbox completely. This will offer two major advantages:

    1. It will remove the current size restraint
    2. (the biggee) It will allow username, descriptions, keywords, and other information to be entered at the time of upload, as well as categories. A volunteer archivist (initially me) would add to these keywords and keep things straightened and categorized.

    This second item is important. Imagine some date in the future when we have several hundred (thousand?) Archive items. You need a dress to replace a damaged area on a portrait. You go to the Archive, type in "dress", and viola! All the pictures that have 'dress' in the description or keywords. Plus you'll see who submitted it, and whatever backstory they chose to share. Click on the thumbnail, and the full-sized version downloads to your browser.

    There's a lot more features, but there's no point in going on about them now. The bad news it's not freeware. In fact it costs more than this forum software did (I still can't figure that one out). So it will be on my wishlist awaiting donations and book sale commissions.
    Learn by teaching
    Take responsibility for learning

Related Topics


  • jeaniesa
    Hey Arura! (about travel in Viet Nam)
    by jeaniesa
    Hi Arura,

    I thought I'd move the discussion of VN travel over here so that we don't clutter up the Critiques thread with off-topic discussion. Anything goes over here in Salon though!

    Wow - 5 weeks to see VN! That sounds about right. I brought my mother with me in...
    06-14-2002, 12:28 PM
  • Doug Nelson
    Behind the scenes at RetouchPRO
    by Doug Nelson
    I have no idea if anyone is actually interested, but I thought it might be helpful for some to know a little bit about how this site works. At worst this could provide a few minutes of idle entertainment, and at best it might explain why some things are the way they are.

    First of all,...
    09-09-2002, 01:38 PM
  • Doug Nelson
    We need your bookmarks
    by Doug Nelson
    OK, I got the bugs out of the new software (most of them, anyway). There's still a couple of ugly pages, but that's my fault and not the programmer's. I'm fixing them as I spot them (you'd be surprised at how many there are).

    So, what have I been babbling about, you ask?

    11-17-2001, 05:20 AM
  • Doug Nelson
    Honor System
    by Doug Nelson
    By Doug Nelson (doug) on Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 03:44 am:

    I'm sure you've all noticed the ugly little banner at the bottom left of every page. This is's "Honor System" service.

    I've had a lot of people recommend I join this service, but I fought...
    08-08-2001, 12:00 PM
  • Doug Nelson
    Ads in commercial software
    by Doug Nelson
    I'd like to get some opinions. I recently installed a commercial software app (not shareware) that periodically (a couple of times a week or more) will pop up a window within its workspace promoting other things to buy from that same vendor. It's not big, probably only about 10% of the workspace, and...
    Ads don't bother me.
    Ads bother me, but I'd still use the software.
    Ads bother me a lot, and I'd use the software less, or buy an alternative.
    I like ads. They provide valuable information.
    06-22-2005, 01:37 AM