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Postby mvs » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:59 pm

visentin wrote:Congratulations !
I used it to upload a dozen of pictures of Rozsutec, it works very fine.
Few remarks/suggestions (despite I don't really know if I use the latest version)
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Hi Eric, sorry I missed this one yesterday, let me answer inline:

I couldn't select the object to attach it to
Ah, that is addressed in version 1.0.0.3, targeted for release tonight.

The description field is perhaps a bit too small with one line
That is fixed in version 1.0.0.2, released yesterday.

Enlarging the application should allow enlarging the description zone only and not all text fields on 1 line
Now recorded as Bug #15.

Why not allowing multiple-select on the file list to enter a common title/description for several pics in the same time ?
I won't do that one now, though it was my idea from the start. I found that it's tough to get the right behavior with that, and I also want to respect some wishes expressed that each photo needs a unique caption. So let's wait and see on that one. It is a good suggestion but lets come back to it later.

A second tool (or check-box) to upload on MBPost ? :)
Great idea (I think). As far as I know that site needs content...but it also needs users...I have heard that it was kind of overwhelmed by spam?

Well, this shouldn't hide the big quality of your program: simple and efficient... well made ! In which language have you made it ? Did you have to ask the Elves for permission ? Would it be possible to have the source code to "customize" it a bit ? :)

Thank you very much! It is in C++. I didn't ask for permission, rather I'm choosing to beg for forgiveness. We'll see! :)

The problem right now with open source is that (in order to earn that forgiveness perhaps), the tool may need additional features or restrictions to satisfy some concerns raised by the Elves. I don't have a full list, but I recognize that there is a lot of uncertainty with such a tool.

One idea I've come around to is to restrict image size by resizing. If indeed too many people abuse the tool and upload too many images, at least they shouldn't kill the disk space. And I think it's time for a conversation about how many Albums we should be able to have. Sites like Flickr have restrictions there that are entirely appropriate (if you pay you get more).

Really, I want to see more Mountain, Area, Route, Trip Report pages. The people making that valuable content are investing a lot of time and I want to support that.

Thanks for all the suggestions and for using the program!
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Bulk Uploader: Version 1.0.0.3 online

Postby mvs » Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:29 pm

Hi all,
I've added two features:

* Return a list of IDs for the new objects in "EZ" format, ready for insertion in a Trip Report!
* Allow you to attach the images to a particular Summitpost object, not just your user page.


I think these were two really outstanding quality/"ease of use" issues.

Now I think I'll focus on something the elves will like more: a bulk deleter :lol: In my own testing I've added a bunch of images which I then needed to manually delete...very tedious!

I also want to focus on adding features that mitigate impact, as I've discussed in previous posts. With that in mind, I've made some polls that I'd love voting on. Anybody interested in the way the tool is shaped please go vote on my polls about restrictions.

Thanks again,
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Postby mvs » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:36 pm

Version 1.0.0.4 released. It contains some authorization features, automatic removal of uploaded images from the list, and a bulk delete feature (that one is currently for the exclusive use of Elves at this time).

Thanks also to those who voted in the polls on the article page.
All the best,
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Postby mvs » Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:52 am

Thanks to Bob Sihler for discovering a bug in version 1.0.0.4: you couldn't type the number "2" in title or description! Weird, huh?

I fixed it and version 1.0.0.5 is available here.
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Postby mvs » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:29 pm

Quick status update. I've been way too busy to work on the tool at all, but I really want to get back to it in order to release Gabriele's feature (ability to detach photos from objects you own/admin in bulk). So a 2nd (or 3rd) apology to him and others who are waiting. I got a new job that gives me much more opportunity to write code so I don't need to inflict my work on you guys so much (big sigh o' relief from the elves I'm sure!) :D.

In general, it's been an interesting situation. I know there has been a lot of worry about this tool. I've heard from just a few folks who are using it and like it. I've asked the Elves to let me know if they see some bad usage (and of course they have the special "bulk delete" feature for that situation too). But it's been a very quiet 2 months since my last note.

I guess the bulk detach feature will be the last thing for this tool.
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Postby Jakester » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:48 pm

Will there be a Mac OS X version of the Bulk loader?
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Postby mvs » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:52 pm

Jakester wrote:Will there be a Mac OS X version of the Bulk loader?


Hi Jakester, sorry not very soon. I'm playing with the idea of a Lightroom Plugin though, which would be cross platform.
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MBPost now supported

Postby mvs » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:53 pm

Hi all,

After a long hiatus I've uploaded a new version (1.0.0.6), which adds support for MBPost.com. In the file menu you can toggle a checkbox that will send your uploads there instead of Summitpost.org.

Also put some things in place for Gabriele's bulk detacher. The button is there but it doesn't work yet.

Thx,
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Re: MBPost now supported

Postby visentin » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:42 pm

mvs wrote:Hi all,
After a long hiatus I've uploaded a new version (1.0.0.6), which adds support for MBPost.com


Thanks, super ! I'll pass the information to MBPost if it's not done yet. Yes, it's regularly spammed but since few monthes we have a couple of good elves who do a good work.
True, MBPost needs above all more members, but who says more content will increase the chances to attract more cyclers.
And I'm tempted to say that the use of such bulk uploader is more pertinent on MBPost than SP for the reasons you mentionned (quality, etc etc ) as members tend to post whole series of pictures trails shots. The most pictures, the most albums, pages, etc so I think it will be all benefit for this site.

mvs wrote:Really, I want to see more Mountain, Area, Route, Trip Report pages. The people making that valuable content are investing a lot of time and I want to support that.
Thanks for all the suggestions and for using the program!
--Michael


I fully understand all the concerns you raised. Thanks again for all your efforts and I'll keep you informed of my next tries !
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Bulk Detacher

Postby mvs » Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:59 pm

At long last, Gabriele's feature request is in. I've uploaded version 1.0.0.7, which includes a Bulk Detacher feature. Simple paste the URL of the Summitpost search query you use to look at the objects you wish to detach into the text box on the Delete/Detach pane, and then multi-select those items you'd like to detach.

Gabriele, thanks for your patience, I'm sorry this took so ridiculously long! :)
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Version 1.0.0.8 released

Postby mvs » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:06 pm

Version 1.0.0.8 is released. It supports international characters, things like umlauts and accent marks. You can get it at the usual place here.

Special thanks to Selinunte01 for finding this issue!
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Postby mvs » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:17 am

Who hoo! I am on a roll (well, for me and the 2-3 people who care :lol:).

Version 1.0.0.9 is released. It supports something I wanted for a long time: Metadata in the JPEG file is read as title and description. This is consistent with a modern workflow for photographic post production: you work in an application such as Adobe Lightroom or Picasa, setting your title/description metadata directly into the file.

Now, when you drag a file with this information into the Summitpost Bulk Uploader, it is read automatically as title and description. You can, of course further customize the text from this point.

As usual, you can get the Summitpost Bulk Uploader by following the instructions here.

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Postby mvs » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:25 pm

sjarelkwint wrote:You're doing a great job, summer climbing season is over?


Yep! I have a little bit of "hobby time" again. :D
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