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Creating a new catalog from an exisiting one (chompers66) 1/7/2008 3:33 PM PST RRS feed

  • Question

  • By: chompers66

    I realize that I'm probably trying to fit too many issues into one post, but 
    if anyone can help with any of the issues I'm facing, I'd be greatful!
    
    I'm currently using Expression with Service Pack 1, upgraded from iView 
    Media Pro, and I'm trying to create a new catalog with images, catalog sets, 
    and keywords from a previous catalog. Basically, the original catalog got too 
    large (1.8GB) and now I need to break it up into smaller catalogs. Adding to 
    the difficulty is that I want to change the location of the referenced files 
    (originally keyworded on my hard drive, but now moved to my NAS).
    
    I'm not exactly sure how to go about this, but I see a couple of different 
    ways to do it, each with their own challenges:
    
    a) copy the existing large catalog and delete the Catalog Folders that I 
    don't want included in this new catalog. This gives me the benefit of having 
    all my keywords and catalog sets already set up in the new catalog. Then I 
    can redirect Expressions on where to find the files. 
    
    Unfortunately when I try to import new files into the copied catalog, I get 
    the message "Cannot import unicode files", even though I'm just bringing in 
    Canon RAW files. Also, deleting the Catalog Folders from the left hand column 
    doesn't seem to reduce the catalog size.
    
    b) Create a brand new catalog and import the images directly from the NAS. 
    The benefit is that there isn't any deleting involved and I don't have to 
    redirect Expressions on where to look for my files. The huge drawback is that 
    I have to import/create all of my keywords and catalog sets again, along with 
    re-tagging and re-categorizing all my images.
    
    And help/feedback is appreciated!
    
    Josh
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:16 PM
    Moderator

Answers

  • By: Michael L

    Open a brand new catalog and drag only the assets you want from your large 
    catalog into the new catalog. Previews and metadata will now be in the new 
    catalog.
    
    "chompers66" wrote:
    
    > I realize that I'm probably trying to fit too many issues into one post, but 
    > if anyone can help with any of the issues I'm facing, I'd be greatful!
    > 
    > I'm currently using Expression with Service Pack 1, upgraded from iView 
    > Media Pro, and I'm trying to create a new catalog with images, catalog sets, 
    > and keywords from a previous catalog. Basically, the original catalog got too 
    > large (1.8GB) and now I need to break it up into smaller catalogs. Adding to 
    > the difficulty is that I want to change the location of the referenced files 
    > (originally keyworded on my hard drive, but now moved to my NAS).
    > 
    > I'm not exactly sure how to go about this, but I see a couple of different 
    > ways to do it, each with their own challenges:
    > 
    > a) copy the existing large catalog and delete the Catalog Folders that I 
    > don't want included in this new catalog. This gives me the benefit of having 
    > all my keywords and catalog sets already set up in the new catalog. Then I 
    > can redirect Expressions on where to find the files. 
    > 
    > Unfortunately when I try to import new files into the copied catalog, I get 
    > the message "Cannot import unicode files", even though I'm just bringing in 
    > Canon RAW files. Also, deleting the Catalog Folders from the left hand column 
    > doesn't seem to reduce the catalog size.
    > 
    > b) Create a brand new catalog and import the images directly from the NAS. 
    > The benefit is that there isn't any deleting involved and I don't have to 
    > redirect Expressions on where to look for my files. The huge drawback is that 
    > I have to import/create all of my keywords and catalog sets again, along with 
    > re-tagging and re-categorizing all my images.
    > 
    > And help/feedback is appreciated!
    > 
    > Josh
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:17 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • By: Michael L

    Open a brand new catalog and drag only the assets you want from your large 
    catalog into the new catalog. Previews and metadata will now be in the new 
    catalog.
    
    "chompers66" wrote:
    
    > I realize that I'm probably trying to fit too many issues into one post, but 
    > if anyone can help with any of the issues I'm facing, I'd be greatful!
    > 
    > I'm currently using Expression with Service Pack 1, upgraded from iView 
    > Media Pro, and I'm trying to create a new catalog with images, catalog sets, 
    > and keywords from a previous catalog. Basically, the original catalog got too 
    > large (1.8GB) and now I need to break it up into smaller catalogs. Adding to 
    > the difficulty is that I want to change the location of the referenced files 
    > (originally keyworded on my hard drive, but now moved to my NAS).
    > 
    > I'm not exactly sure how to go about this, but I see a couple of different 
    > ways to do it, each with their own challenges:
    > 
    > a) copy the existing large catalog and delete the Catalog Folders that I 
    > don't want included in this new catalog. This gives me the benefit of having 
    > all my keywords and catalog sets already set up in the new catalog. Then I 
    > can redirect Expressions on where to find the files. 
    > 
    > Unfortunately when I try to import new files into the copied catalog, I get 
    > the message "Cannot import unicode files", even though I'm just bringing in 
    > Canon RAW files. Also, deleting the Catalog Folders from the left hand column 
    > doesn't seem to reduce the catalog size.
    > 
    > b) Create a brand new catalog and import the images directly from the NAS. 
    > The benefit is that there isn't any deleting involved and I don't have to 
    > redirect Expressions on where to look for my files. The huge drawback is that 
    > I have to import/create all of my keywords and catalog sets again, along with 
    > re-tagging and re-categorizing all my images.
    > 
    > And help/feedback is appreciated!
    > 
    > Josh
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:17 PM
    Moderator
  • By: chompers66

    I'll try it. Thanks!
    
    "Michael L" wrote:
    
    > Open a brand new catalog and drag only the assets you want from your large 
    > catalog into the new catalog. Previews and metadata will now be in the new 
    > catalog.
    > 
    > "chompers66" wrote:
    > 
    > > I realize that I'm probably trying to fit too many issues into one post, but 
    > > if anyone can help with any of the issues I'm facing, I'd be greatful!
    > > 
    > > I'm currently using Expression with Service Pack 1, upgraded from iView 
    > > Media Pro, and I'm trying to create a new catalog with images, catalog sets, 
    > > and keywords from a previous catalog. Basically, the original catalog got too 
    > > large (1.8GB) and now I need to break it up into smaller catalogs. Adding to 
    > > the difficulty is that I want to change the location of the referenced files 
    > > (originally keyworded on my hard drive, but now moved to my NAS).
    > > 
    > > I'm not exactly sure how to go about this, but I see a couple of different 
    > > ways to do it, each with their own challenges:
    > > 
    > > a) copy the existing large catalog and delete the Catalog Folders that I 
    > > don't want included in this new catalog. This gives me the benefit of having 
    > > all my keywords and catalog sets already set up in the new catalog. Then I 
    > > can redirect Expressions on where to find the files. 
    > > 
    > > Unfortunately when I try to import new files into the copied catalog, I get 
    > > the message "Cannot import unicode files", even though I'm just bringing in 
    > > Canon RAW files. Also, deleting the Catalog Folders from the left hand column 
    > > doesn't seem to reduce the catalog size.
    > > 
    > > b) Create a brand new catalog and import the images directly from the NAS. 
    > > The benefit is that there isn't any deleting involved and I don't have to 
    > > redirect Expressions on where to look for my files. The huge drawback is that 
    > > I have to import/create all of my keywords and catalog sets again, along with 
    > > re-tagging and re-categorizing all my images.
    > > 
    > > And help/feedback is appreciated!
    > > 
    > > Josh
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:18 PM
    Moderator